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Old 08-14-2010, 11:49 AM   #1
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I was wondering what you all use to attach bows to cards. I have been using Zots glue dots, but all too often the ribbon comes loose from the glue dots. The glue dot seems to stick well to the paper, but not to the ribbon. I would really love to find something that holds better. Crystal effects? Tombo Multi? Have you had experience with using either of these for ribbon? I would really welcome your suggestions!
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Old 08-14-2010, 12:05 PM   #2
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I use Scor-Tape, amazing stuff!!
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I haven't tried it myself since I haven't had any issues with the glue dots, but a lot of people like Fabri-Tac.
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I use a Ribbon glue, either the one I have gotten from Making Memories or I have found one that I get at Hobby Lobby. There is also one I have used called Zip Dry. Works great but is a pain to keep and sometimes to get out of the container.

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Scor tape definitely! Or the Sookwang brand of the same exact tape:
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I use it almost exclusively for ribbon, or other hard-to-stick embellishments like metal.
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Thanks everyone for all the suggestions! I don't have any of these things at home, so I am going to have to do some shopping. I have a question about how you would use Scor tape for a bow. I have used something similar for adhering a strip of ribbon. But when all you are going to attach is a bow, how much do you use? Is a small square of it behind the knot of the bow enough to make it stay on well? TIA!
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Old 08-14-2010, 02:17 PM   #7
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With getting glue dots to stick to unusual surfaces, put the two together, and then get your heat embossing tool and heat it. Be careful not to put the tool too close to the ribbon you only want the dot to soften a bit then put your finger down and squish it. Never budge.
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I always grab my old standby of the Ailene's Super Tacky Glue or hubby's carpenter's white glue. Just a dab and put a bit of wieght on it for a few minutes and presto - holds anything.
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I don't like Zots brand myself. I use the Glue Dots brand to attach my bows. I use one or more dots for the knot (depending on how big it is) and one dot for the back of each loop. I might also put a dot behind each tail if I feel it needs it.
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I've used every brand of glue dots I could find. They all have the same problem with releasing ribbon. If you don't notice it immediately, you do when it's spent some time in your card box or made it through the mail. I can't tell you how many cards I've gotten from people that have used glue dots and that have a bow that's fallen off in the mail.

I use my ATG to attach ribbon. I have used Mono Multi, but only in a pinch, and only if I'm using it under the knot of the bow (as it'll bleed through at lot of ribbon and show and if I put it under the knot it has too many layers to bleed through to show).

I also use Zip Dry. It tends to not bleed through ribbon and holds extremely well. And, if you get too much glue on there, just wait for it to dry and rub it off!
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Fabri Tac works great and dries very quickly. It's made by the same company (Beacon) as Zip Dry, which is also an excellent glue for paper.
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Scor-Tape is excellent!!
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Scor-Tape for me too! I use a strip (usually 1/8" width) long enough to run along the back from one bow tip to the other. Since I usually do double loop bows, I also use this to help the bow loops stay separated. I've never had a bow disengage from the card using Scor-Tape (Sookyang) tape.

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I use Stampin' Up!'s mini glue dots and don't have any problem with them falling off.
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I too have found that Zots are not effective. I use Glue Dots, but will have to try my Scor-Tape.
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Thanks everyone for all the great advice. I am glad I am not the only one who couldn't get my bows to stay stuck over the long haul!
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I've been using SU mini Glue dot's. I haven't had a problem with them either.

I also use Glue dot's in other sizes too. the ones that you can buy in the little plastic bags.
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Glue dots brand here...works great! Glad to hear about the Zots...because that is what Wal-Mart now has instead of Glue Dot brand. I won't buy those!
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I was wondering what you all use to attach bows to cards. I have been using Zots glue dots, but all too often the ribbon comes loose from the glue dots. The glue dot seems to stick well to the paper, but not to the ribbon. I would really love to find something that holds better. Crystal effects? Tombo Multi? Have you had experience with using either of these for ribbon? I would really welcome your suggestions!
A dab of HOT GLUE does the trick for my cards! I use it on anything that is stubborn when gluing!
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Thanks everyone for all the suggestions! I don't have any of these things at home, so I am going to have to do some shopping. I have a question about how you would use Scor tape for a bow. I have used something similar for adhering a strip of ribbon. But when all you are going to attach is a bow, how much do you use? Is a small square of it behind the knot of the bow enough to make it stay on well? TIA!
Yes, a small piece of Scor or Sookwang tape is all you need. I usually use the 1/4" width and cut a little strip just the size of the knot. But if it's a tiny bow like the one here, I use the 1/8" and it stays put really well:

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I have been using Beacon's 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue for quite a while. It is crystal clear, instant grab and fast drying. It works very well for ribbon and embellishments. Sometimes I even use it to adhere paper to paper if I really need to get into tight corners. (I am obsessive about having my paper glued down on the edges totally!) The price is very reasonable. I got it at Joann's. Here is the link:

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By the way, it lasts for a really long time. Just be sure to remove residue from applicator and put on the cap!

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I just had the same problem and redid my bows with Scor tape. I give it an A+.
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I used glue dots. Haven't had any problems that I know of - may fall apart when they arrive at their destination - yikes I hope not!
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i use fabritac, or magnatac (which is practically the same) both made by Beacon Adhesives
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