Sunday, December 16, 2007
PRODUCT REVIEW: ATG
What is an ATG? It's an Adhesive Transfer Gun (dispenser) for which you can purchase rolls of excellent adhesive! Your projects will NOT fall apart with the adhesive that fits this dispenser. BTW, I always purchase the 924 rolls, but there's a Gold adhesive that you can purchase if you particularly want something acid-free and photo-safe. If you've been to a framing store or the framing department of a craft store, then you've probably seen a couple of these dispensers (either red or yellow)lying on the counter/table.
Even though it's much larger than most tape runners, such as Tombow Mono Adhesive or SU's SNAIL adhesive, it's quite easy to get used to. I have to admit that I was a bit apprehensive about using the ATG when I first got it, but it didn't take long at all to get used to it--I even use mine on really small pieces of card stock! I thought for sure it would be top heavy, but it really isn't! I'm not exactly the most coordinated person, but all you have to learn about the ATG is to put the unit on your card stock, squeeze the trigger, pull the ATG across the card stock, release the trigger, and lift the ATG off your project. That's it!
When used with card stock, it's fairly easy to lift a layer that's been adhered so that it can be re-positioned, and you can always just rub off excess adhesive that gets on your project where you don't want it. This is a REAL plus!
I'm happy to report that I have never had a project fall apart when I use the ATG. When I used the Tombow Mono Adhesive or SNAIL, I noticed that my projects, over a short period of time, would begin to come undone, and who wants that to happen???? As a SU Demonstrator, I feel a twinge of guilt for not using the SNAIL product, but I just don't have faith in it. If I won't use it, I won't demonstrate it and, fortunately, I won't say that about most SU products! When you compare the hold strength and cost of the ATG adhesive, I know of no other product that comes close to beating the ATG.
The best price that I've found for the ATG dispenser and tape is www.framingsupplies.com. I'm not affiliated with that company, nor do I get anything for referring people to their web site . . . I'm just a satisfied customer. I believe that a good adhesive is a very important tool for every stamper and/or paper crafter, and it's my opinion that the ATG is the best bang for your buck!