for flowers, i normally use brads and push them thru the paper. but for adhesive, I either use my new ATG adhesive, or I have the Tombow Mono clear adhesive, and it seems to work really well. They also have an adhesive for metals, but I don't like it, because it dries a little tacky. If you want the 3D effect, I would suggest using 3M double sided foam tape. It is a little stickier than pop dots.
Pop dots and the like don't seem to work well for me, because I'm always having things fall off.
I used a glue dot on a red flower and put it on my paper then used another glue dot to put a white flower on top of the red one and then another glue dot on a metal embellie and put that in the middle of the flowers. The red flower stayed on my paper but the white flower and metal embellie fell off (ON BOTH PAGES).
I usually just use the Tombow glue to adhere the flower to the pp, the smaller flower to the larger flower, and then for the metal, you might try the metal glue. I have used it, but not on a flower, and it has worked well for me.
I agree, if you were just using mini Glue Dots , it wasn't enough to hold the heavy parts in place. The larger Glue Dots work well for heavy items like metal.
Otherwise, I love Glossy Accents for a liquid glue.
There is a glue line by "Mono" and they have a bottle that is for metal, and it is the strongest I have ever used, comes w/two tips, one small and one larger, pretty easy to work w/to, being glue and all. I use it on rhinestones, buttons, etc. It is also great for attaching bows to a page solo, I even tested a Ribbon Glue job on it by twirling it around the next day and the little bugger held up! You can get it at most larger craft stores - be sure to make sure it says "metal" though, they have a few different kinds. I did search on this site but they only carry the liquid glue in the green bottle. The bottle is black/grey. Hope this helps
Edited by JaymieLiz on 01-28-09 02:50 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
Glue Dots the craft ones work great for flowers and mini would work great for metal embellishments. It might take a couple of them but they do work very well. But most of the time I also use my Kokuyo tape and runner(not the dot one) those little pieces of tape work so very well!