Tips/New Products Week Day 5 – Essential Glue Pad

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:


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!


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.


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.


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!


(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!


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.

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17 comments to Tips/New Products Week Day 5 – Essential Glue Pad

  • Haha Emilly- I have one of these sitting in my craft room too! Never used it. I got mine a Cornish Heritage Farms. I’m not sure exactly why I bought it! Thanks for showing us how you used it. Maybe I will come up with a way to use it- if I do, I’ll let you know. Love your card. Your work is always top notch.

  • Thank you for the comment you left on Nichole’s blog about “Everyday Blessings”. I’ve been reading all of the comments and I truly appreciate each one. I know that this is the set that God wanted me to create. I’ll never know how many lives will be touched by this set and that is amazing! I really enjoy your blog and I hope that you’ll create something beautiful with the set and send me a picture of it! ๐Ÿ™‚
    have a wonderful day!

  • Emily~
    I just updated my blog, and I made a little gift set like yours with the beaded pens. It turned out so cute that I wanted to share it with you. I hope you do not mind that I included links to your blog. (I’m new to blogging and I’m not sure of the etiquette yet-perhaps I should have asked your permission first? If so, I apologize.) Thanks for all of your wonderful ideas!

  • Oops, sorry, I forgot to leave you the address.


  • I like that you are like, “I don’t like the work involved in using heat embossing”. and here you are rubbing your crazy pearl-ex with a tissue forever. ha. ha. on you.

  • Julie C.

    The gold cord is perfect with your pearl-ex….love your card!!

  • Jen

    Thank you so much for this little tutorial!!! I have heard about and seen these glue pads in stores but had NO idea how to use them. Now I think I may NEED one. I am another one that hates to pull out the heat gun.

    Your card came out stunning too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Inkylin

    Emily one of the best tips I received was to use a dusting cloth like Swiffer to remove the excess Pearl Ex. They work like a charm. They also work great for embossing powder and glitter or chalk.


  • Thanks for this! I have mine still in the package (got mine from Scrapbook Pal)….and have never used it! I saw that people were using it and thought, “I need this!” and then it’s just sitting here! Now that I know what to do with it, I’ll have to get ‘er out and give it a try! Thanks!

  • Linda F. Wilson

    Love the today’s product review. I really wasn’t how the product works. Glad to see the step by step view. Thanks for taking the time to post this.

  • Jennifer

    Gorgeous!! Love it! I will need to purchase the glue pad, because I haven’t found anything that holds the pearl ex. I have like 24 colors of them sitting in my drawer.

  • Stephanie M.

    One idea to try that makes Pearl-Ex a lot less messy is instead of dumping a lot out of Pearl-Ex onto your image, like you do with embossing powder, pick up a bit of the powder with a dry, clean paintbrush and brush it lightly over your image. It turns out lovely and there is a great deal less powder to remove from your final project.

  • Emily ~ you read my mind!! I’ve been wondering what to do with Pearl Ex. And I recently got the glue pad.

  • twinks

    I did exactly the ame thing – purchased my glue pad on-line from Joann’s and had n clue what I was goi g to do with it. I’ll give this a try. I thought the pad was rather big for just adhering little bitd of cut images to my card – never imagined i could use it to “stamp”. thanks, Emily.

  • thank you for this! i’ve had my PearlEx for years and never really known what to do with it. than i got the glue pad for christmas and again, not really sure how to use it. now i can use both! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Margaret

    How beautiful & stunning!

  • Elizabeth

    Thank you so much for the tutorial. I LOVE your card design. I always do a Christ-centered Easter card to send to friends and family, and I absolutely love your design. I will be CASEing your design in purple Pearl Ex for Easter cards. Thanks for the inspiration. Your card looks very elegant. Thanks again.

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