This is totally not a new product. Not even new to me. However – it is the first time I have used it! So that counts as new, right? I don’t know about you, but I sometimes read about how great some item is and I have to have it! And then it sits there…..Well, this is one of those things. But it really is cool, now that I’ve tried it out!

I can’t remember where I got my Essential Glue Pad from. I know I read about it on Anna Wight’s blog and I know she did carry them in her ebay store <here>. Scrapbookpal has them for a great price…I think Linda from A Muse has them on her blog….not sure where else you can get them. But they do come empty and you need the “reinker” to put the glue in the pad. That’s why it is usually sold as a set. Here’s what it looks like:

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So to use the glue pad – after you have ‘inked’ it up – you just stamp with it, just the same as a normal ink pad! It’s that easy! I was playing with GinaK’s new stamps and I knew I wanted to use the cross from He Is Risen with embossing or something. But I do not like using my heat gun, lol! I’m lazy and that’s work. And embossing powder is messy. Of course, so is pearl-ex….but still. I like that this doesn’t require the heat gun. So here’s how to use it!

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Just stamp it on cardstock like a regular ink. It’s a little sticky, but other than that – it will look like versamark or something. Then sprinkle your pearl-ex on top of the stamped image.

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It’s a pretty strong adhesive – even with take the time to stop and take a photo of it, it held the pearl -ex pretty well! You can brush the powder around to cover the image using a sponge, kleenex or whatever you want! Now, I wouldn’t use tons of pressure, but you can brush the kleenex over it fine without taking all the pearl-ex off the image.

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After you cover the image, you will want to shake the extra pearl-ex off the cardstock. Then – brush a bit more to get the extra powder off the outside of the image. The entire paper is going to be a tad sparkly, but you can get a lot of the excess off with a kleenex or sponge. I am sure if I had the foresight to use an embossing buddy or something on my cardstock first, less would have stuck to it…..but I don’t even own one of those. That’s it!

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(I took two pics so you could see the shimmer better….)

So I still don’t like using pearl-ex – it’s messy! But at least with this glue pad the pearl-ex stays ON the image! I’ve used other mediums and it never stayed very well. This would be why I own exactly ONE color of pearl-ex and it’s hardly been used in the 4 years I have owned it. The glue pad definitely makes me like using it a lot more! And here’s the finished card!

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supplies: He Is Risen by GinaK Designs; vanilla and black cardstock; palette noir ink; essential glue pad; aztec gold pearl-ex; sponge; dimensionals; narrow organdy ribbon; gold cord; and heidi swapp distresser.

So that’s it! Oh! And don’t forget – there are still a few days left to get your FREE Heidi Swapp Distresser from Scrapbookpal! (Get your glue pad and then distresser free!)

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Add the coupon code edge on the view cart page (Just type edge into the box for coupons and click *add to cart* and the free distresser will appear! You do not need to add the distresser to your card first!)

That’s it! And in case you needed something to purchase – I highly recommend the Mono Multi! It’s the Best Glue Ever! And they have the cheapest price I’ve ever seen – I always order mine there!

The coupon will expire 2/15/08!