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Old 10-17-2014, 02:35 AM   #1
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I'd love to know what adhesive you think is the best for adhering things like buttons and flowers to cards?
I am having trouble finding anything that sticks really well.

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Old 10-17-2014, 03:13 AM   #2
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Glossy Accents is a favourite with many, as its strong and dries clear. Also, a hot glue gun works well for awkward/heavy embellies. Both are great for anything that is not flat on the back.
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Old 10-17-2014, 04:17 AM   #3
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I also use Glossy Accents - it is very strong and perfect for things like buttons.
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I use Crystal Effects (which I think is just a different brand name, like Glossy Accents). Plus the added benefit that you can use it also for its intended use (and not just as a glue). To do dewdrops on flowers, glassy surfaces, puddles of water, etc.
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Old 10-17-2014, 06:38 AM   #5
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I use glue dots made by Zots. I have had good luck with them for years. Most craft stores have them in stock. You can also buy them online in quantity at Wal-Mart.com for quite a bit less.
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I use Crystal Effects by SU! and their mini glue dots which IMHO are the perfect size, too small use 2. Glue Dots are great if the other surface isn't smooth like the Glimmer Paper.
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I use an off brand version of glue dots that I found at the Dollar Tree. They are little adhesive sticky squares. I cut them in half for smaller embellishments.

When I found them for $1, I bought up every package they had and have loved using them. It's a good thing I stocked up, because they don't have them in stock any more and I haven't seen them since in the stores.
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Old 10-17-2014, 11:23 AM   #8
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I LOVE Zip Dry glue for everything, except ribbon. It's not generally sold in the papercrafting area, but in the other glue area of stores.
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GemTac is excellent. I used it to apply rhinestones to fabric and they never fell off. Don't faint when you see the price. But a little goes a long way.
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For paper flowers (and felt, and anything with twine), I like to use aleene's tacky glue. I just think it works the best with anything that feels slightly fuzzy. I like crystal effects/glossy accents for other things, but I feel like with fabric, it just gets sucked up into the material, while the tacky glue doesn't absorb and actually stays there to create a bond.

A mini bottle of the tacky glue is 59 cents at Joann's.
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I use aleene's tacky glue, for all of my embellishments. Buttons,bows, flowers etc....
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Old 10-17-2014, 02:53 PM   #12
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For buttons, I use glue dots. They are super sticky. I'm surprised to hear about Glossy Accents -- I would think that would be sort of brittle and the buttons would crack off.
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I use a few different adhesives. Just depends whats not buried and within reach. I use glue dots (home made ones with Aileen's TIO&O and what I have left of store bought), Aileen's quick grab tacky glue (love this - it really is quick grab), KI Memories Gloo (it been discontinued and I'm on my last bottle-gulp!), Zip Dry, & Beacons 3-in-1. A girl has to have choices!
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I was recently introduced to Beacon's Fabri-Tac - love it. It's described as a glue gun in a bottle, which it is, glue strings and all! However, there's an easy way to keep from getting the strings: put petroleum jelly on the tip of the spout.
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For buttons to paper I get strong adhesion with Scrap Happy glue or Mono Multi.

I generally use Scrap Happy glue, Mono Multi, or Glossy Accents for flowers to paper.
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I usually use mono multi for about everything.
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Thanks for all your advice ladies I have been using glue dots and they are fine for a week maybe and then things start shifting and even falling off entirely sometimes.
I haven't tried crystal effects or glossy accents for embellishments even though I have both! So I will give them a go next time.
I also use mono multi for sticking down all my card layers but have never used it for embellishments.
I don't know why I haven't tried these things?
I guess I have always used glue dots for embellishments and just thought that was the best way? Even when I asked the question here I was really expecting you to tell me what brand of glue dots were best, not that I should be using something else entirely - and especially not things I already own! LOL

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I use the actual Glue Dots brand and have never had a problem, but I found the Zots brand were terrible. They were very sticky to get off the paper they came on, but then didn't stick at all on the embellishments. I guess it's the "different strokes for different folks" solution.
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I create and sell themed mini photo albums...Glossy Accents and hot glue are the 2 methods I use. I've been selling my minis for about 2 years...no complaints thus far from previous customers.
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I really like Beacons 3 in 1 glue. It works like hot glue without the heat
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...KI Memories Gloo (it been discontinued and I'm on my last bottle-gulp!)...
LOL, cat_woman, I'm on my NEXT to last bottle and gulping too! Love that stuff!
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I was recently introduced to Beacon's Fabri-Tac - love it. It's described as a glue gun in a bottle, which it is, glue strings and all! However, there's an easy way to keep from getting the strings: put petroleum jelly on the tip of the spout.
I used this for years, them someone in our club mentioned that the 3 in 1 by Beacons is the same, and cheaper. I had always waited for a coupon to buy it.
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Glossy Accents is a favourite with many, as its strong and dries clear. Also, a hot glue gun works well for awkward/heavy embellies. Both are great for anything that is not flat on the back.
I was introduced to Amazing E-6000 for heavy items, works great. It's photo safe, waterproof and good on many surfaces.
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