What type of adhesive to use?

by Samantha Roberts
(United Kingdom)

Xyron adhered delicate paper hearts

Xyron adhered delicate paper hearts

Xyron adhered delicate paper hearts
A Xyron machine

I recently bought some snowflakes from a shop and are made out of paper and I just don't know how to stick them on to my cards.

I have tried using PVA glue and the snowflakes cave in and shrivel up.

I have tried using a glue stick but then that stick to everything

They are too small for me to use double sided sticky tape

I just don't know what to do. They are beautiful things and I don't know what else to use



Hi Samantha

It can be so frustrating when we have a picture of what we want in mind but can't quite get it to work. I'm glad you wrote to me about this problem. I imagine a lot of readers are making their holiday cards right now and there could be a few people having similar problems.

It sounds as though your snowflakes are rather delicate? I was wondering if you have tried using a Xyron sticker machine to apply your adhesive? You can buy a small version of a Xyron machine at a craft or stationery store. They are inexpensive and easy to use.

You just feed the delicate items you want to adhere through the machine, rub the clear cover thoroughly with the back of your fingernail or a paper flower tool, then lift the clear cover off.

Your snowflakes will now be sitting on the Xyron backing paper and have a layer of adhesive on their backs. You just peel them up and place them where you want them.

I'm about to make a page about this under the Adhesives section of PaperCraftCentral if you would like to see some pictures of how my experiment with sending some punched hearts from thin, lacy paper through my Xyron went. I think it turned out well :)

I hope this helps. Let me know how you go? And if anyone else reading this has some other ways of handling delicate items and adhering them to their cards/scrapbook pages, please do let us know.

Here's to Paper Crafting (Gotta love it even when it's a challenge! Lol!)

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Nov 06, 2011
Glue Dots
by: Susan

You are right about there being many different types of adhesive to use in a situation like this. I agree that Glue Dots could also be a good solution for adhering the snowflakes. Glue dots are smaller and very sticky and would not shrink the snowflakes up. They are also not messy.


Sep 14, 2010
by: Anonymous

There are many different types of Adhesive Products that you can choose from to use on your scrapbooking pages. One thing you need to remember when choosing your adhesive is to make sure it is acid free and photo safe. There is glue sticks, adhesive squares, double sided tape, glue pen, glue/sticky dots and tape runners.

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