Tips & Tricks


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As a paper crafter, one of the first things I realized is that, if I want to add dimension and/or texture to my handmade cards, layering my die-cuts is one great way to go! There are other ways to accomplish the same thing, of course. Sometimes I use foam when I want to raise up larger elements, such as big florals, or even an entire second layer. For die cut words and other intricate designs (such as lattice covers), I like to layer by using multiple cuts. So I grab a bunch of cheap white cardstock, pull out the die I want to use, and start running it lots of times through my Big Shot (which is working great since Hubby fixed the silly handle!). Some Crafters I know of use 3-4 layers for each element. Those layers, when added to a “shadow” die-cut*, can provide 4-6 layers of height, which will give the card some very nice – and mailable – dimension!

*you can also layer these!

In this post I am referring to liquid glues, no two of which are alike. Each glue has a different viscosity (thickness) and drying time, and will affect 1) how easily the glue flows out of the tube, and 2) how much time I have to adjust my layers after I’ve glued them together.

These are the crafting glues with which I have some experience:

  • E6000
  • Aileen’s Tacky Glue
  • Lawn Fawn’s Lawn Fawndamentals Glue Tube
  • Connect Glue by Gina K Designs

E6000: What can I say? This is the “hookie dookie” of adhesives! LOL Super adherence. Almost insta-drying. But very toxic*. I only use this in my cardmaking if Aileen’s (see below) isn’t enough for heavier elements. Mostly I use E6000 when working with resin, metal, plastic and/or ceramic elements on my wall-hanging and/or journal-cover-making adventures.

*Do not work around or use E6000 adhesive if you are pregnant!!

AILEEN’S TACKY GLUE: This glue is super viscous, and dries clear. I like to use it on thicker materials, such as felt, grosgrain ribbons and cotton doilies. Because it’s thicker, though, it can take longer to dry. I don’t really use this glue in my cardmaking.

LAWN FAWN’S LAWN FAWNDAMENTALS GLUE TUBE: This glue has a thinner viscosity than others I’ve used, and it’s great for larger areas. I use a small artist’s brush to spread it around, keeping my fingers clean (if you don’t mind getting glue on your fingers, I say go for it). LoL

CONNECT GLUE by Gina K Designs: This is definitely my “go to” glue! It has, in my opinion, just the right viscosity for “dotting” the glue onto my smaller, or more intricate, card elements. It also gives me enough time to get my layers lined up. I can control how big of a “dot” I get. It’s not that runny, and, when I press layers together, I rarely get overflow onto my card (if I do get overflow, it’s not much). It also has super adherence, so as Jennifer McGuire (of Jennifer McGuire, Ink) says, “a little goes a long way”! I have learned that dotting the “highs and lows” of my elements, along with a couple dots in the middle, is PLENTY.

Dotting Technique

Whatever glue you decide to use, I suggest you practice making different sized glue dots on a scrap piece of cardstock first. Don’t be afraid to try this! Put your apron on, get messy, and play with different glue types. It probably won’t take too much practice until you become a proficient Glue Dotter. Ha ha ha

This is my general formula:

Size of dots = glue choice + pressure applied + tube angle

Give it a shot! Try the dotting technique with some different glues, and find the one that works best for your style of cardmaking. You’ll be glad you did, and your cards will no longer have as many “shiny spots” from wiping off excess glue!


❤ “Have a great day, and go CRAFT something!” ❤

QUESTIONS: What is your “go to” glue? Do you already use the Dot Method? Is there a different no-mess method you like to use? Let me know in the comments, below!