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Old 06-22-2015, 01:06 PM   #1
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There has to be an easier way to attach my Happy Holidays die-cuts to 100 cards for which I've already bought the supplies.

I've got 7 different glues, 3 different double-sided adhesive sheets, 3 different ways to get the cardstock out of the dies once they are cut, but a cap on my patience right this minute, after 3 days of experimenting, trying to find the right combination. And to make it worse, the die I like the best, out of the 3 I bought, turns the gold cardstock green. Why oh why do companies think paint is a good idea on their dies, I wonder.(rhetorical question of course!)

Do you know of an easy way to attach sentiments to each other and then to your card?
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Do the double sided adhesive sheets not work?

Stick the cardstock to the adhesive sheet then go through the cutter .. it should turn it into a sticker.

I've never heard of companies painting the dies .. that does seem dumb!
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Have you tried attaching a whole sheet of adhesive to a whole sheet of card stock and then diecut? The you just have to peel off the adhesive and stick it down
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Here are a couple suggestions:


1. Use Ranger .5 Oz. MINI MULTI MEDIUM MATTE Glue Adhesive Paint INK41511 at Simon Says STAMP! and Quilled Creations PRECISION TIP Empty Applicator Bottle 317 at Simon Says STAMP!

2. Use a Xyron sticker machine
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Yes, I would do what muskrat suggests and use Stick It sheets — a little pricey but could save your sanity!

Amazon.com: Stick It Die Adhesive Sheets - Large Size
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Of the adhesive sheets, Stick It is the only one thin enough to cut in my Big Shot. BUT, after the adhesive-backed die is cut, exposing the adhesive of the die-cut is another story. It peels off VERY CAREFULLY in pieces, stretching parts of the word such that it's difficult to adhere the word to stack on another of the same word OR adhere straight directly to the card, especially if the word is long like holiday or birthday.
I do have the precision tip applicator BJLEE suggested. Love it! I filled it with ScraPerfect "Best Ever Glue" and dotted it along each of the letters. That was even faster than the fine-tipped Zig glue pen I used last year. However, those who use Stickles know how you're squeezing the bottle and everything's great until it burps and a blob of the stuff comes out and messes up your fine straight line. Well, both the Zig pen and the Precision Tip do the same thing. Maybe only once or twice per word, but then you have a clean-up job while the other dots of glue are drying-out before you're done. AYE CARRUMBA!

Bless you all for responding. I'm off to look into a Zxyron machine. Has anyone used it on a long word without stretching space between the letters?
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yes, to the Xyron question I have used mine on long words and you just you know be careful. and be sure to get the Xyron glue eraser if you get one... because, no matter how hard you rub on that second sheet before you peel them apart there will be glue boogers...
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Burnishing ( a lot ) really helps with getting the backing off the adhesive.
I use the sizzix sheets.
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I have to tell you that my standby for adhering die cuts to rough surfaces remains the glue dots made with Aleene's Tack It Over and Over. I save my used Xyron papers and make sheets of tiny glue dots for just this purpose. My table looks like a mess overnight, but then I just stack the sheets and place them in a DVD case. They haven's failed me yet! Even on glitter rough papers...this is where 2x adhesive and xyron didn't work for me. I also find them especially useful for adhering die cuts or other embellishments to a dry-embossed sheet, as the surfaces are uneven.
I have used the xyron for my cricut die cuts on smooth cardstock, and did get those boogers of glue, but cleared up the debris as much as I could. Stacy's caution about careful removal of longer words is something I'd echo. I can't use any precision tip adhesive device as it's so very rare that I hit the mark on the placement on the first try! Diane
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The Stick It double-sided adhesive sheets have easy-peel splits in the backing that I totally missed because I was putting my dies along the length rather than ACROSS the length of the sheet. The splits are 2 1/2 inches apart and each runs the LENGTH of the sheet. If the die doesn't cross one of those splits, getting the adhesive-backing off the die-cut is almost hopeless.

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The Stick It double-sided adhesive sheets have easy-peel splits in the backing that I totally missed because I was putting my dies along the length rather than ACROSS the length of the sheet. The splits are 2 1/2 inches apart and each runs the LENGTH of the sheet. If the die doesn't cross one of those splits, getting the adhesive-backing off the die-cut is almost hopeless.

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Bahb - Just another viewpoint...Maybe you need to rethink this project and not use the die cut sentiments and go in another direction. Sounds like a lot of frustration, particularly for so many cards.

I remember a story I once heard from a motivational speaker. She was talking about being flexible. She said: "Okay, you are expecting 20 women for lunch at your house in one hour. You need to run to the store and get the raspberries for your dessert. Your local store doesn't have raspberries. What do you do? Most of us said, "Go to another store to find raspberries." And if they don't have them? "Well, go to yet another store."

She suggested, "Get strawberries instead. Then go home with plenty of time to enjoy the lunch and your guests."
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Of the adhesive sheets, Stick It is the only one thin enough to cut in my Big Shot. BUT, after the adhesive-backed die is cut, exposing the adhesive of the die-cut is another story. It peels off VERY CAREFULLY in pieces, stretching parts of the word such that it's difficult to adhere the word to stack on another of the same word OR adhere straight directly to the card, especially if the word is long like holiday or birthday.
I do have the precision tip applicator BJLEE suggested. Love it! I filled it with ScraPerfect "Best Ever Glue" and dotted it along each of the letters. That was even faster than the fine-tipped Zig glue pen I used last year. However, those who use Stickles know how you're squeezing the bottle and everything's great until it burps and a blob of the stuff comes out and messes up your fine straight line. Well, both the Zig pen and the Precision Tip do the same thing. Maybe only once or twice per word, but then you have a clean-up job while the other dots of glue are drying-out before you're done. AYE CARRUMBA!

Bless you all for responding. I'm off to look into a Zxyron machine. Has anyone used it on a long word without stretching space between the letters?
Before you peel off the back try sticking the front side to a piece of post it tape or blue painters tape. I like using Silhouette transfer material too... you can kinda see through it and that helps with placement,
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Try spray adhesive. I have a box and a lid that, together, make a great spray box. I spray all my delicate die cuts, especially words. Works great.

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I have seen Jennifer McGuire use this method a few times but this is the only video I could find where she shows it. I know there are others she has done using this method. If you watch the video on this blog post its about 10 minutes in.

She uses a strip of post-it tape and puts the die-cut on that then picks up the post-it tape and places the die-cut on her card. Press down and remove the post-it tape.

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I've never heard of companies painting the dies
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There are 3 that I know of, and I won't buy their dies again. In internet shops, they are posted in their colors, one is blue/lavendar, one is green, and the other is brown. You might think you would eventually get a clean die-cut but it takes too many throw-aways to get to that point. Life is short!
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[QUOTE=buggainok;21009614]Bahb - Just another viewpoint...Maybe you need to rethink this project and not use the die cut sentiments and go in another direction. Sounds like a lot of frustration, particularly for so many cards.

I'm gonna do just that, thanks Bugga. It took me too long to get to give-it-up point because I have too much money invested In the supplies.
You're right, it's just like your berries story, and I have done that sooooo many times. I get these wild ideas for a card design or a menu, forgetting that I'm 80 years old and short on patience, energy, and time, to say nothing of money!

But asking here has sure taught me alot in terms of techniques and products, all of which I will be trying and using in the future.

Many thanks!
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Bahb - Just another viewpoint...Maybe you need to rethink this project and not use the die cut sentiments and go in another direction. Sounds like a lot of frustration, particularly for so many cards.

I'm gonna do just that, thanks Bugga. It took me too long to get to give-it-up point because I have too much money invested In the supplies.
You're right, it's just like your berries story, and I have done that sooooo many times. I get these wild ideas for a card design or a menu, forgetting that I'm 80 years old and short on patience, energy, and time, to say nothing of money!

But asking here has sure taught me alot in terms of techniques and products, all of which I will be trying and using in the future.

Many thanks!
Good for you, Bahb! Ask me how I know about running all over looking for the berries, lol. I'm also a senior and stubborn sometimes.

I've enjoyed reading about all the techniques and products, too.
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I use adhesive sheets but a possible less expensive option is to make a small glue pad. I never found a glue pad I liked so I started making my own. You can cut a small piece of Cut 'n Dry Foam and add tombow mono or similar glue and tap the glue onto the back of the die cut. When I'm finished with the pad I wash it out and store it in a baggie. I've been using the same piece of foam for a long time.

An advantage of the foam w/glue is that I don't have a lot of extra glue on the die cut piece.

Note, once I put glue on the die cut piece I use my tweezers to pick up the piece and apply it to the project. I then turn the project over and use my hand to burnish the area with the die cut.
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I use Be Creative (Sookwang) tape. I place the tape on the card stock, place the die face down on the card stock and even Sizzlits and Wafer dies cut through the card stock and the tape but, not the backing...creating a sticker. I used it for 65 Christmas cards last year and had no issues at all. I am glue challenged and tend to make a mess.

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What about putting wax paper between the die and your paper to prevent it from turning green?
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