I've finally found the perfect tape runner. Unlike the Tombow monoadhesive rollers, you keep the majority of the roller when it's empty. The cartridge that you switch out is less plastic (and trash in the landfill) and much easier to change out. The applicator roller doesn't get gummed up, it rolls very smoothly and the bond of the adhesive is excellent. The best feature? IT'S CHEAP!!!! Finally, no more spending $3 to $5 for a refill! I spent less than $3 for a TWO pack at my local Walmart. I also picked up the mini glue spots and some medium sized glue spots. I love to use glue dots and these work perfectly, again at a fraction of the cost of other well known brands.
So, while I was there, I perused the other crafting supplies and found some more fantastic tools! These are from Xacto. I have long been a Xacto fan, preferring to use their hobby blades over any other. They now have a new hobby blade called the Z-series which has a blade coated in Zirconium nitride. What does that all mean? It means this blade is the sharpest, strongest hobby blade around! I had to try this baby out on a thick piece of chip board. Using my Xacto self healing cutting mat and Xacto stainless steel ruler (which is heavy and thick), I was able to cut a perfect straight line right through this thick chip board in TWO strokes! It cut easy like putting a hot knife through butter! I've been working with chip board for years and I have never had a hobby blade cut that cleanly with only 2 strokes!
What else is new on the Xacto front? I found a 9" Guillotine cutter and a 5" precision tip scissor, both of which work perfectly. I test drove the paper cutter and found that it cut paper cleanly and STRAIGHT as a pin. You don't always get that with cartridge blade or rotary style cutters. I've tried every kind of cutter on the market and this one is right up there at the top for quality and accuracy. You know it's cutting perfectly when you cut 2 layers of paper that are 1/4" different in length and width and get a perfect mat when layered.
The precision tip scissors are awesome for detail cutting. They get right into the tight little corners and are very comfortable to handle for extended periods of time. The full size stainless steel scissors are also very sharp and a pleasure to use.
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So why am I telling you about all of these great products? I was recently given a selection of Xacto and Elmer's products to try out and share my experience with you. If you've read this far, then you know that means I have something to share as well! I have been given the opportunity to share TWO $25 gift cards to Walmart so that you can buy and try out some of these great products yourself!
To enter the drawing for the give-away, you only need to do 2 things. First, visit the Xacto facebook page HERE and "Like" them. Then, post on their wall to indicate that you came from Paper Punch Addiction. This way, I will know who to enter into my drawing for the $25 gift cards.
I will be drawing the 2 winner's randomly from all entries on Sunday. Please share this opportunity with all of your friends! Thanks!