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I Love My Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue


GRASONVILLE, MDMonday evening – I just had to share this great note I received via email from an Aleene’s fan.  I’m just sitting here with a big grin 🙂  >>Tiffany

Sunday September 6, 2009

Dear Tiffany,

I’ve just finished the dishes from a big bbq dinner our sons made for us late this afternoon. When I got to my grandmother’s old Wearever pot and lid, immediate memories of your Mom and her show came to mind and I just had to write to you. You see that old pot that I just cannot part with passed down through Grandma, to my own Mom (who made it to 91 before leaving us in 2004!) and then me. I treasure every dent, scratch and scuff on that old pot and here it will stay until I pass it onto someone else! How do these memories and that pot have anything to do with Aleene? Well now over 10 years age the handle on that pot lid cracked and half of its base fell off! I was so upset and couldn’t bear to throw it out. Then my sons who many times used to watch your shows and do crafts with me said, “Mom get out the Aleene’s Thick Designer Tacky Glue, that’ll hold anything together!” And Tiffany it did and it’s lasted all this time — 10+++ years! I have cooked and washed that pot and never once had to replace the glue! Whatever it’s made of you should sell it to NASA! LOL!

Well anyway, I’ve wanted to tell you this for ages and I’m so glad to finally sit down and do it. Thanks again ever so much for the great products but ever more so for all the wonderful memories you, your sisters and your wonderful Mom helped create for our family through your crafts and your own loving relationships. We still talk about those afternoons watching you craft and all the times we did them right along with you! It’s a beautiful memory!

Sincerest best regards,

Linda J. Barnes

Toms River, NJ


September 7, 2009 at 5:13 pm 1 comment

Back to School – Pretty Bookmarks!

IAH-013_bookmark_heartsIAH-013_bookmark_beesLOS OSOS, CAMonday afternoon – One of my all-time favorite techniques is the look of embossing with glue and I LOVE my Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue for this project. It’s thick which is perfect for the dimension you need, but can easily be squeezed into a small line to create adorable projects like these bookmarks.  I thought since it was back-to-school time, a bookmark theme would be perfect for today, but of course this project can be made and enjoyed any time of the year. A perfect gift for your book club friends! Get Creative! Get Inspired!  >>Heidi

Embossing with Glue Bookmarks
by Heidi Borchers

Cardstock or lightweight cardboard – cut into 1½” x 7” strips
Hole punch
Aleene’s® Super Thick Tacky Glue
Scotch tape – ¾” to 1” wide
Spray paint – flat white (I use Rustoleum Flat white)
Decorator craft chalk – assorted colors
Brush – hard bristle (stencil type brush works great)
Paper towels
Spray fixative
Cording or tassel on cording


Using photo as guide, lightly trace your designs onto the bookmarks. Punch hole in corner.

Place a tape nozzle onto the bottle of glue. (see techniques)

(It is suggested that you practice this next step on waxed paper first.) Draw with glue along the pencil lines. Let dry completely.

Spray paint the bookmarks. Let paint dry.

To apply the chalk to the prepared (sprayed) surface, rub the hard bristle brush over the chalk. Then immediately brush chalk onto an embossed area. To change colors, carefully tap off excess chalk and wipe brush on dry paper towel before changing colors. Refill brush with next color and repeat until entire design is colored with the chalk.

Spray bookmark with fixative to protect/preserve the chalk coloring.

Heidi’s Designer Tip: Instead of flat white spray paint, acrylic paints can be used for a similar look. Just brush on two even coats of paint letting dry completely between coats and dry completely before applying chalk colors.

August 24, 2009 at 8:05 pm Leave a comment

Challenge Heidi – Ribbon Spools

IAH-106-Ribbon-SpoolsGRASONVILLE, MD – Monday afternoon – As many of you know, Challenge Heidi was THE most popular segment on the Aleene’s Creative Living television show during its 15 years on-air.  Heidi doesn’t remember exactly how she came up with the original idea but we’re sure it had something to do with the fact that she was the eco-queen before eco was cool. She was always trimming trash, decorating with discards and glittering her garbage. We’re guessing that someone must have had a bunch of “somethings” and they said “Hey! Let’s Challenge Heidi with this!” And thus it began.

Challenge-Heidi-Logo150A few weeks ago, we decided to relaunch Challenge Heidi and we put out the first call for challenges. (We’re doing it right this time! No more asking for people to send us their trash. Yeah, that’s right, people used to send Heidi their trash! Click here to listen to last night’s Inspired at Home Radio show where we talked about this! )  Heidi is now busy working on creating her first NEW Challenge Heidi’s, but this week, she actually picked her own challenge.

For those of you who are keeping up with our blog, you know that Heidi recently added ribbon curtains to her studio. Well, what do you get when you hang yards and yards of ribbon in your window? You get lots ‘o empty ribbon spools (and a cool looking window treatment!)

So, we are pleased to present……drum roll please…..this week’s Challenge Heidi…. Ribbon Spools Flower Art.  Enjoy! >>Tiffany

P.S. Send us your Challenge Heidi challenge.  Just send an email to with a description and a photo. We’ll let you know if we have picked your Challenge Heidi!


Ribbon Spools Flower Art
by Heidi Borchers


Aleene’s® Super Thick Tacky Glue™
Base 12” x 24” (My local tile store gave me lots of their discontinued sample boards, The boards have tile samples on them. I removed the samples (Used the tiles in my mosaics) and had a great surface to work on, or …you can use canvas, masonite or plywood)
Texture paste (I like Texture Magic by Delta)
Texture comb (or you can make one from heavy cardboard, just cut one edge with pinking shears)
Cardboard ribbon spools – 7 various sizes for the flowers, 7 or 8 sizes for the leaves and stems
Acrylic paints – black for background, dark green, light green, dark blue, light blue, purple, lavender, orange, yellow, white, red, burgundy, pink
Brush – ½” flat
Buttons – 2 to 3 for each flower – various colors


To prepare the background, use a texture comb and spread the texture medium over the entire background.  It’s ok to have some space without the texture. Let the texture dry.

To prepare the spools to be cut into flower shapes, very carefully take apart the cardboard spools for the flowers. Keep each spool parts together, as you will be cutting the front and the back and then you will be gluing back together, so be careful pulling apart.

Cut the flower shapes from each spool. (Lavender flower has 6 petals, orange flower has 16 petals – red flower has 12 petals, white flower has 16 petals, pink flower trim edge with pinking shears and cut petals at each ‘pink’, turquoise flower has 6 petals, yellow flower has 16 petals. When front and back of each flower has been cut, glue back together with the circle ring part of the spool in between the cut flower petals. (The only one that does not have its petals to the front and the back is the purple one.)  Let glue dry.

Glue the flowers to the background. Cut the leaves from remaining cardboard spools. Use the inner cardboard circle ring for the stems. Cut the ring open and flatten out. Cut to fit under each flower for the stem. The texture paste helps to hold these but also glue to help hold in place. Continue for each stem. Glue leaves to each stem. Use photo as a guide for leaf shape and leafIAH-106-Ribbon-Spools1 placement. Let glue dry.

Work in progress!

Paint the entire piece with black paint. Let paint dry.

To paint each section (background, flowers, leaves stems) on this piece, you will simply be layering the paint colors. Paint the darkest shade first and then as you work to the last coat of paint, it will be the lightest. (To make lighter shades of any of the colors simply add a little white.)  Begin to layer the paint on the background first with the greens and blues. It’s not a precise painting technique, its simply putting the paint on very quickly. Slather it on! Have fun! This does not have to be perfect! If the paints begin to blend too much, simply let the paint dry, and begin layering again. The secret of this look is the layering of the paints. To highlight the center of each flower, dip edge of brush into paint and simply stroke brush from center toward outside of each flower. Repeat for desired effect.  Let paint dry.

Glue the buttons over the holes in the flowers.  Repeat by layering each button on top of first. Let glue dry.

August 10, 2009 at 6:34 pm 2 comments

I Love My Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue

IAH-074-BBB-ButterflyGRASONVILLE, MD – Monday morning – Recently at a Laugh & Craft gathering at our Studio, we decided it was time to get back to the basics and share the Aleene’s Burnt Brown Bag technique. What’s the most fun with this project is everyone is so amazed at how you can create the look of metal from burnt brown bag.  Yep! That’s right, this is three layers of brown bag – as in grocery bags – add a coating of Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue – burn with a candle – add antiquing paste and you have the look of metal! This intriguing technique was discovered in the early 1960’s by Katy Ogle, one of Aleene’s designers, when she was testing Aleene’s Glues for flammability. Enjoy this vintage Aleene’s technique! >>Tiffany

Aleene’s Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly
by Tiffany Windsor

Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue
18 gauge florist wire (cut into 3” length and bent in U shape for antenna)
Wooden skewer
Brown grocery bags
Rub ‘n Buff – gold and silver
Plumbers candle and matches (or other candle with tall flame)
Soft cloth (for wiping away soot)
Bowl with water


IAH-074-BBB-Butterfly-Step-1Transfer your pattern to 1 layer of brown bag. We used a stencil for our pattern —  only tracing the outside lines. Keep in mind that you can use all sorts of patterns for this technique. We have used leaf patterns and created a whole branch filled with look-of-metal leaves, we have seen beautiful work done by other designers that included a stunning sailing ship.  The design possibilities are really unlimited!



Next, cut two additional layers of brown bag and glue all three layers together with the pattern on top. Immediately cut out the butterfly pattern. You want to do this cutting step quickly because next, you need to insert the wooden skewer and the antenna between two layers and if you let the glue dry too long, it’s really difficult to accomplish this!

IAH-074-BBB-Butterfly-Step-9With the antenna and skewer inserted in between the layers, now it’s time to apply the glue to one side of the butterfly covering all of the brown bag with the glue.  Do not leave any of the brown bag exposed because it will burn if it is not covered with the glue.  Apply the glue with your finger in a generous coat. You do not want to see any of the brown bag.

IAH-074-BBB-Butterfly-Step-10Light the candle and hold the glued side of the butterfly right in the top part of the flame. The tip of the flame should be touching the wet glue. Keep the butterfly moving around at all times. In this step, you are blackening the glue.  Some bubbling will occur from the heat of the flame. This is fine and adds texture to the design but be sure to keep the butterfly moving in the flame until the entire glue surface is blackened.

IAH-074-BBB-Butterfly-Step-12 Let the butterfly set for several minutes and then gently wipe away the soot with a soft cloth. Use a gentle touch because if you press too hard, you will break through the skin of the glue. If this happens, you will see white glue oozing out. Just return that spot to the candle flame and re-burn. Your finished side should look shiny and with the soot wiped away, the glue will have turned to a shiny dark charcoal-gray color. The surface should have ridges which either developed during the burning process or while you were wiping away the soot.  Let butterfly set for a few minutes and repeat process on back side.

IAH-074-BBB-Butterfly-AntiqLet your burnt glue surfaces dry completely. Then apply gold and silver antiquing paste with finger lightly over the surface. Apply enough paste to add a nice burnished effect but be sure to let some of the black show through. Take a look at the finished example above again which shows the pretty burnished effect of the antiquing paste.

IAH-074-BBB-2-ButterfliesTiffany’s Designer Tip: This burnt brown bag technique looks great in many different designs and several pieces grouped together make a great sculpture.  You can also use 18 gauge wire for the stem (in place of the wooden skewer).  Do not try this technique with any other glues. We have tested the Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue for this technique and it is the only glue that we recommend. Also, always have a bowl of water handy just in case you have any sort of flame flare-up with the brown bag while you are burning your butterfly.

June 22, 2009 at 3:03 am 5 comments

I Love my Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue!

IAH-095-Embossed-Glue-FrameGRASONVILLE, MD – Monday morning – this pretty pastel floral frame is fun to make! Heidi developed this great technique many years ago using Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue to draw the design which adds the great raised effect that is fun to color with craft chalks. Get Creative! Get Inspired! >>Tiffany

Heidi’s Glue Embossing Frame

Wood frame
Aleene’s® Super Thick Tacky Glue™
Scotch tape – ¾” to 1” wide
Spray paint – flat white
Decorator craft chalk – assorted pastel colors
Brush – hard bristle (stencil type brush works great)
Paper towels
Spray fixative


Using photo as guide, lightly trace your designs onto the frame.

Place a tape nozzle onto the bottle of glue. (see our techniques how-to at

(It is suggested that you practice this next step on waxed paper first.) Draw with glue along the pencil lines. Let dry completely.

Spray paint the frame. Let paint dry.

To apply the chalk to the prepared (sprayed) surface, rub the hard bristle brush over the chalk. Then immediately brush chalk onto an embossed area. To change colors, carefully tap off excess chalk and wipe brush on dry paper towel before changing colors. Refill brush with next color and repeat until entire design is colored with the chalk.

Spray frame with fixative to protect/preserve the chalk coloring.

Heidi’s Designer Tip: Instead of flat white spray paint, acrylic paints can be used for a similar look. Just brush on two even coats of paint letting dry completely between coats and dry completely before applying chalk colors.

June 15, 2009 at 3:03 am Leave a comment

I Love My Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue!

ButterflyNapkinGRASONVILLE, MD – Monday morning –  my eco-artist sister Heidi has me looking at EVERYTHING differently now.

Last week, while I was pouring tea at the Studio (we serve tea to our customers) the tealight which keeps the teapot hot had burned out so I grabbed a new one and took out the old. But now that I’ve been bitten by the eco bug, I sat for a moment and looked at the old tealight holder and, of course, thought what can I do with this? It didn’t take long before a design came to mind. A few snips here, a squashing there, and a pretty flower had blossomed.  So here’s how I did it:

Step1-4-tea-lightsFirst you need a tealight.  You can buy these by the bagful at a really reasonable price.  Next, you need to use your tealight. We use ours in tea warmers and aromatherapy diffusers so we get a collection of used tealight holders pretty quickly. (You can pull the candle part out without burning the tealight but why would you want to do that??!!)Step 1-tea-lights

Next, grab your scissors and cut straight down around the sides of the holder. These holders are really thin so they’re really easy to cut.

Next, give them a good smoosh with your palm to flatten them out.  Then round off the corners of the petals and you have the base for your flower. Gently push the edges of the petals down and back to give them a more realistic curled edge.  You can use your flowers in many different ways. I decided to try them for napkin ringsStep1-napkin-rings because we had a dinner party coming up!

To make eco napkin rings, just place a piece of blue low-mask painter’s tape on your paper towel roll at desired length and use single edge razor blade (or craft knife) to cut roll. You can get a whole set out of one paper towel roll. I then measured and glued scrapbook paper to cover my napkin rings .

Next up, you need to decide how you want to decorate your tealight flowers. We have the large flat-backed marbles at the studio that we use for mosaic projects so I decided that the marble would make a perfect center for my tealight flower. I glued scrapbook paper to the back of the marble with my Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue and set it aside to dry. (Not to worry, it BrownButterflyFlowerdries clear so you’ll be able to see the paper pattern when it dries.) On this one, I used a daisy floral embossed paper that you could clearly see through the marble.

Then I painted my tealight flower with brown acrylic paint and let it dry.  Glue the marble to the center.

Using my Aleene’s Platinum Bond Glass & Bead Adhesive, I glued a butterfly charm to the top of the marble and set it aside to dry.  Then, I glued butterfly themed scrapbook paper to my paper towel roll napkin ring, glued my tealight flower to the top and now I have a really cute set of nature themed napkin rings.

You can use your flowers for so many more projects – how about framing them in a mini shadow box or adding them to the front of a journal or turn them into canvas art or embellish a box lid or glue them onto wooden skewers for your own style plant picks. I can’t wait to add mine to my mixed media natural collage project underway.

GoldWhiteBlackFlowerHere’s another look that I made by spray painting the tealight holder with Rust-Oleum Flat White paint and tipping the edges with gold Rub ‘n Buff. For the center, I used a small flat backed black marble and some beads from my jewelry stash.

I’m quite addicted to making these so I’m sure you’ll see them in other upcoming projects that I’ll be sharing with you! Get Creative! Get Inspired! >>Tiffany

June 8, 2009 at 3:03 am 3 comments

I Love My Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue!

IAH-083-Jazzy-Bread-TagLOS OSOS, CA – Monday morning – As you know, my passion is eco-crafting! Here’s a fun recycling project that transforms bread bag plastic tabs into jazzy jewelry. It’s a fun conversation piece! I use Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue to create the necklace “charm” centerpiece and my Tulip 3D Fashion Paint to create the retro patterning. So start saving those bread bag tags! Fun! Fun! >>Heidi

Heidi’s Jazzy Jewelry

Aleene’s® Super Thick Tacky Glue™
White paper scrap
33 plastic tabs from bread bags in assorted sizes
Acrylic Paint – black
Tulip® 3D Fashion Paint: silver, gold, bronze
Needlenose pliers
44 gold finish jump rings
28 size-10 brass snap swivels
2 size-7 brass snap swivels (available wherever fishing tackle is sold)
1 pair fishhook earrings

Cut 2 tiny strips of paper for each of 23 plastic tabs. Glue 1 strip to each side of 1 tab to cover slit only. Let dry. Repeat for each of 22 more tabs. (This step will help to keep the jump rings from pulling through the slit in the tabs.)

Paint both sides of each tab black. Let dry. For necklace charm, glue 5 tabs together, using 1 tab with paper strips at top of charm (see photo). Let dry. In the same manner, glue 4 tabs together for each earring. Referring to photo for design inspiration, paint 1 side of each tab, necklace charm, and earring design with metallic dimensional paint. Let dry.

Using needlenose pliers, attach 1 jump ring tIAH-083-Jazzy-CU-1o each of 20 tabs. Attach 1 jump ring to necklace charm. Attach a second jump ring to each jump ring. To assemble necklace, link together all size-10 snap swivels. Attach jump rings to necklace. For each earring, remove snap from each size-7 snap swivel. Using needlenose pliers, attach 1 jump ring to each earring design. Attach jump ring to 1 end of 1 size-7 swivel. Attach fishhook earring to other end of swivel. Repeat for other earring.

Heidi’s Designer Tip: For added strength, be sure to add a dab of dimensional paint over area where you glued strip of paper. This will give added strength to this area where the jump rings are attached.

June 1, 2009 at 3:03 am 2 comments

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