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Old 09-28-2019, 05:38 AM   #1
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Does anyone have advice or tips on the best way to glue thin, intricate dies? I’ve used Ranger Matte, which is so hard to squeeze, and Tombow green, which doesn’t dry clear if it seeps out. Any pros and cons for an adhesive spray or glue sponge?
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I know a lot of people have panned the Quickie glue pens as they seem to dry out quickly, but I love them - especially for this kind of thing.
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I use the Gina K Designs Connect glue. It's in a tube and is very easy to squeeze. You can easily get a very fine line of glue. Most importantly it holds well.
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I've used the Nuvo Glue Pens (they have a couple different sizes available) with okay results. I do like that they dry clear, so I don't have to worry about glue showing. I've never had good luck with sponging glue on. I'm interested in what everyone else uses and the results they get.
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I like ScraPerfect Best Clue ever: Home - ScraPerfect I make tiny dots and let them dry for a bit before adhering.

I've also used my Xyron sticker maker for small die cuts.

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I like the Gina K. Designs glue pen too.

Ranger Multi Medium Matte is also a go-to (with a different type of top) and I keep it upside down in one of these glue holders for good flow when a bottle is less full:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/6225586..._content=85386

Running a die cut through a Zyron sticker maker is another way to go, though I rarely think of it, and not when stacking die cuts on top of each other since wiggling to fit is necessary.
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Thanks for all these great suggestions. That ScraPerfect glue does look pretty amazing. Do you use the extra fine writing tip? And is it really invisible on vellum? Because that would be magical.

I’ve also heard good things about Gina K.
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Another idea: Jennifer McGuire uses Stick-It adhesive sheets to put a gluing surface over the entire piece of paper. Here's a video to watch:
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I like ScraPerfect Best Clue ever: Home - ScraPerfect I make tiny dots and let them dry for a bit before adhering.

I've also used my Xyron sticker maker for small die cuts.


I use her no-clog caps for my small Ranger Multi Medium Matte bottles, and a couple dots of her cleaner right on the needle when I’m done to keep it from clogging, not bothering to wipe it off.

I forgot about Stick-It adhesive sheets that Fionna51 mentioned. I use them too, or sometimes a sheet of Scor-Tape if I want really strong adhesion - like on a box rather than a card.
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I like ScraPerfect Best Clue ever: Home - ScraPerfect I make tiny dots and let them dry for a bit before adhering.

I've also used my Xyron sticker maker for small die cuts.


In the video she states she wants a glue that’s very fast drying - that doesn’t let the piece that’s being adhered wiggle. But when adhering a die cut I need wiggle for adjustment and when stacking die cuts. What has your experience been? Do you have a bit of time?
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I second the use of Stick it——if you don't press it down firmly you can shift things a little bit before you burnish it. So so much easier for delicate word dies and delicate dies in general!
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These are all great suggestions. It reminded me to dig out a glue pen I’d gotten ages ago from a Simon Says Stamp kit to layer up some of the “birthday” die cuts for dimension, and then for the bottom one, I used some double-sided adhesive paper. For everything else, my regular liquid glue was fine. And big thanks to Suzy Plantamura for the inspiration - https://suzyplantamura.typepad.com/l...ey-yacula.html

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I usually run my cardstock through one of my Xyron machines before diecutting. If I forget, then I usually squirt a small amount of clear-drying glue on a piece of wax paper and "dot" it on with a toothpick.

I have many different glues but probably use a clear "gel" by Aleebe's the most because if is easy to find and fairly inexpensive with a coupon.

I am hoarding a few sheets of Stick-It to make mg holiday cardmsking to a hit faster.
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For intricate die cuts,etc...I use Wacky Tac......easy peasy
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I use my art glitter glue, the tip is the super fine metal micro tip. I like that you can control even the most smallest amount of glue.
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If I want a dry adhesive, I agree--Stick It is the way to go! I like that it die cuts easily and isn't totally permanent until you burnish your piece.

For liquid glue, I highly recommend USArt Quest Perfect Paper Adhesive in the matte finish. Dries clear, flexible, UV resistant, archival, & acid-free. I keep it in a needle nose bottle for fine-tip application. It's pretty thin (though not too runny), so it comes out the fine tip applicator very well without having to hurt your hand squeezing! I use this stuff all the time, and it works great. I don't tend to use it on large die cuts, unless I forget to use Stick It before die cutting, as it can get a bit messy, like any liquid glue. But it doesn't dry super fast like 2-way glue pens tend to do, so even on larger die cuts it can work well. HTH!
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I love my Ranger Matte Medium but also used to have trouble getting it out of the fine-
tipped bottle. I started thinning it a bit with water and love it! It holds everything just as well but I'm not continually cleaning the tip of the bottle.
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I put a bit of glue on my silicone mat and dip my small sponge in it then dab it on the cut out right on the silicone mat. Works well for me and washes right off the mat.
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Okay, you won’t believe this until you try it......but I use the dot runner tape.
You HAVE TO MAKE SURS IT IS A TAPE DOT RUNNER AND NOT A DOT RUNNER.The dot tape runner has very tiny little dots on it and you can run Over ANYTHING with it. It works awesome. Just turn it over on a silicone Matt and run it across you intricates. It you do end up with “tape” on the other side, those tape rupemovers work to get it out. But I have seldom had a problem with that.
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Card Making Hack for Adhering Intricate Die Cuts! - YouTube

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Default Tombow multi-purpose (green cap)

Since you already have the tombow glue, apply it to your intricate die cut then let it DRY!!! It will be sticky and your die cut will become very much like a sticker. No oozing this way.

Another option I like is the double sided adhesive sheets or rolls. Apply it to your cardstock before cutting leaving the protective paper on. Cut out with the cardstock side up, peel off protective paper and adhere it to your project.
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Depending on my mood, I like many of these: Quickie Glue Pens, Double Sided Adhesive and dot tape runners (I’ll have to try the brand above). I also made my own glue sponge using a container from the $ store, a cellulose sponge and Aleene’s Tacky glue thinned with water. Using tweezers I lay the die cut on the sponge and then pick up and adhere.
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Thank you. And wondering what works as release paper. I’ve tossed release paper from supplies I’ve used, like StickIt.
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Thanks for the tips--use a toothpick to dot glue on and let the Tombow glue dry a bit.
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I bought some packs of adhesive sheets but they tend to be an expensive way to adhere my die cuts so I'm saving them for larger, intricate dies. In the meantime, I've been trying different glue pens. My main glue pen is the Zig two-way glue pen, which works well for me. However, I am frustrated with the fact that it seems to stop working after half of the glue is gone. I can see the glue in the barrel, but can't get it to work. I used my glue pens nearly every day , and it's not a nozzle clogging issue per se. The tip is clean and I can get some glue out if I keep pressing, but it stops flowing smoothly...argh!
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I'm wondering if you have to use dot tape runner for the intricate die hack, since regular tape runner would make too much of a mess to remove?
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I discovered the Scrapbook.com, or Sizzix adhesive sheets. You apply the adhesive sheet to the back of your paper and run the die through the machine. It comes out perfectly! Just have to use your "pokiest tool" to lift a piece of the tape to start the tear off.



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I discovered Scrapbook.com or Sizzix adhesive sheets. Apply the adhesive sheet to the back of your paper and run the die through the machine. Works perfectly! Use a "pokiest tool" to perhaps lift the back to get the tear off started.
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I use a method I learned from Connie Stewart (Simplysimplestamping.com). Squirt a small amount of Tombow multipurpose glue onto a work surface such as a silicone mat, a glass mat, or similar. Use a sponge to dab the glue on to the die cut. Adhere the die cut to your card immediately. Keep the sponge in an airtight container and it can be reused. I've had very good luck with this. She has a video on YouTube that demonstrates it.
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ScorTape has been my savior for intricate dies. I have it in a few widths so I am wasting less than I would be if using adhesive sheets. When I forget to use it, I use a glue pen or use a sponge to dab some Tombow on the back of the die cut.
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I have tried many things but love the GinaK (and Lawn Fawn) best. I'm actually using the Lawn Fawn Glue now -- it's exactly the same as GinaK and I can get it at my local stamping store instead of paying for shipping over the internet. One hint I saw and have tried, after you apply the glue, gently tap the die cut onto a scrap paper and then adhere to your project. This will get rid of excess glue so you don't get overrun/bleed. But, the cap on these two glues gives such fine drops, I haven't had any problem with that. I have also used the StickIt sheets and love them too; but sometimes it feels wasteful because the die cuts are fine but I had to Stick It a larger piece of paper to make it fit (hope that makes sense). So, I find I use the glue much more now. Good Luck.
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Try Sticky Specks from Ecstasy Crafts. They are sheets of lots of tiny dots of glue all over the sheets. It has a protective sheet over the dots. You lift that sheet up, lay your delicate die on it, put the protective sheet over the die and rub it until the die is covered with the dots. Then carefully pick up your die and place it where you need it. Put the protective sheet back down. You can use the dots in the same place until they are gone then move on to the next section of dots. Pretty neat stuff.
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I made a Glue Sponge (you can also buy them,Simon Says Stamp carries them) I have also used a brayer and rolled out a thin layer of glue on my glass mat (that worked really well, but messy).
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For a large intricate die, I use Elmer's spray adhesive (doesn't take much!). For a smaller sentiment die that is delicate, I use Gina K's Connect glue "pen".
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I use Ranger Collage Medium because it’s thinner than Matte Medium so isn’t as hard to squeeze. I add it to a fine tipped glue bottle. Another idea is to use whatever glue you prefer but apply it with a micro brush. You can get them on Amazon or your dentist might give you a few.
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1. If you are making a die-cut layer to go on a card, you may be able to skip the glue altogether and just staple your die to your card layers. I do this all the time, most of the time, my "intricate" die is being attached to another layer and I am also layering on top of it with another layer, an embellishment or a sentiment. So, I just staple in one or more "strategic" places.

I like that the die cut isn't completely glued down because it gives my cards a "lighter" look and adds dimension when the cut-out is free/unattached. If you don't need the entire die cut glued down, I would just begin using a stapler. Of course, if you are attaching directly to your card base, then the staple would show on the inside, so you'd have to add an embellie inside to cover the staple (can be a nice accent, though)


2. If you must glue intricate dies, spread a thin layer of white glue or clear gel glue on the back of your hand, then "pat" your intricate die on top of it to pick up the glue. If you spread out the glue on your hand with your finger first, you won't get "blobs" of glue on your die cut. Afterward, when the glue dries on your hand, you can just rub or peel it off. Works great.

3. Hermafix, Xyron dot runner or other "dot" type runners work well for intricate dies cut from sturdier paper/card. The adhesive dots stick to where the paper is, regardless of whether you run the tape over openings (doesn't gunk up the openings like mono adhesive runner would). However, the cut paper/card has to be sturdy enough, otherwise, the motion of running the tape runner over the die could tear it.

Hope this helps. As I said, all methods work great for me ;o)
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I also am a fan of Art Glitter Glue. I have the metal superfine tip and the 1 oz bottle also has a very fine tip. Easy to use, goes a long way and dries very clear.
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I think I have bought every glue on the market. I find the easiest and fastest way to do it is to put a few drops of any liquid glue on the back of your hand and smoosh it around with the back of the die cut you want to attach. You get good coverage, it is fast and you don't have to search all over you hobby room for something specific. It is not as messy as it sounds either...
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A crafting friend showed me this and I bought one, along with refills, from Amazon.com. It's from Japan and called KOKUYO Dotliner Long; the Long is important as you get more tape that way. It's a micro-tiny dot tape that will only glue the raised surface of the die and leave your surface underneath devoid of the tape runner glue.

You have to be careful not to tear the die cut when tape-running the under surface; I just do short, small strokes. Don't use a heavy hand as the glue will attach to the work surface if you push hard; you can then lift up those stray glue spots by rubbing with an eraser.
The URL is Amazon.com : Kokuyo Tepe Liner -Blue : Arts And Crafts Glue Guns : Office Products
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