I need a permanent adhesive that is easy on, but won't take forever to apply to something like a detailed Cricut cut that is around 6" around. Maybe a roller? I'm not sure which one though. I want one that isn't going to leave excess adhesive off the edges of the cut. If that makes sense. Please help me in my dilemma!
I had this problem, too. I tried the roller adhesives and they work for larger designs, but not the intricate ones or letters/words very well. I agree with the spray adhesive, but make sure you use gloves!
I have a Xyron 502 that I use for intricate stuff. The trick is before peeling off the top (clear) layer, run (I use a dry emboss stylus) around the edges of ALL the edges. That will remove the extra adhesive from in between and around the cut. My new fav adhesive is Zip Dry.
Oh by far, the "Scotch" quick dry adhiesive, it is the best its the only one I buy now, its quick, literally and just spread it with your fingers so you wont get any excess of the edge. For me its a must have, some other glues just take forever to dry, and can be tiresome, hope this helped, take care, bye!!!
Although I love and adore my little Xyron X I have to admit that for detailed shapes the goopies - even if I rub a stylus around it before peeling off the plastic - drives me nuts
so I have resorted to the following for really detailed designs or in your case larger designs (I do have the larger Xyrons as well and they work great for 6 inch designs like you mentioned but the refills get PRICEY
on these I am BRAND specific
zip dry glue
2 way glue pen
I've listed my favorite adhesives below. I occasionally use something else, but it depends on the project. These are the ones I use the most.
I guess the mounting squares are what I use the most of for regular scrapbook pages. They hold good, are neat and if I need to reposition something they can be pulled up if you've not smoothed them down good. I would say 95% of my pages utilize these.
The Zig pens are incredible with smaller Cricut cuts! LOVE them! I have used the Xyron X in the past, but I'm like another poster...hate the adhesive boogers. I also bought 2 different kinds of Zig pens for $2 each on clearance the other day.
As far as the Zots, I use them occasionally on things that have some dimension. For example, I used some the other day to stick down a flower that had a brad going through the middle. They did a good job at sticking to the brad & flower since they're kinda gel like.
My new favorite toy...my ATG gun! I've only had it a few weeks so I've not really got to play with it much yet. I've not had a chance to scrap much in the last few weeks. I have made a couple of cards using it and have altered a composition book using it too. It really holds things down great! I have yet to use it on a scrapbook page. Do you all use your ATG on pages or mostly on other projects (cards, altered notebooks, etc.)?
Anyways, I hope that helps! I'm sure there are other great adhesives out there that I've not even tried. These are just my go to ones and what I am comfortable with using. Thanks!
Gotta tell you about THE BEST GLUE EVER by ScraPerfect. There are 5 demos on Youtube for this glue (including how to make your Cricut mat sticky again and making homemade glue dots), Debby's Dare just reviewed it last week on her blog giving it a 9.9 (and is loving it for vellum!) and Sudie Alexander picked it for one of her 3 top Fantastic Finds and Amazing Products on Unkit Live!
It's PERFECT for detailed cuts because of the fabulous fine tip. You don't need to apply it all over your diecut-- tiny dots around the edges will be totally enough! It's incredibly tacky, dries super fast & clear, and it very versatile! No odor or strings either.
Here are a few video inks to get you started. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uuKO4ztMt0