Username Post: Applying Lettering        (Topic#1577317)
ItsPronounced_Abear
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Ok, so this is probably a stupid gripe, but at least some of you should agree with me (or maybe have a better idea??)

I just had my first crop with 2 friends, one of which has been scrapbooking for many years. She owns a basic cricut and brought it with her; needless to say I was very excited since I've never used one before.

Well, my big complaint is that after you peel off the letters from the sticky mat, applying glue to them is so tedious. Now I realized why I just usually spend the money on sticker letters! I didn't ask what my friend does, but I ended up basically sticking the letter on my big glue stick and rubbing it around some (getting glue on my fingers of course) then just hoping I got enough on it and stick it down on my page.

Is there a better way to adhere cut out letters?? One that doesn't involve having to wash my hands so much? For the record, I usually use a split tape runner for photos and other elements.


 
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  • stick on 06-06-12 09:13 AM
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Make your own sticker letters with a Xyron, you'll never regret this purchase.


 
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Hmm, those look interesting. How does it work? Can you make different fonts or colors with it?


 
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Here is the secret to gluing down cricket letters. Nothing works better.

Buy a roll of dry wall tape. I use the fairly tight woven but I don't think it matters. I use white but it comes in all colors. Cheap at Home Depot or Lowes. In 4 years I'm still on my first roll.

Leave the letters on the Cricut mat. The will be perfectly straight across the bottom and completely evenly spaced. Perfect. The trick is to get the letters on your paper the way they are on the mat.

So while they are still on the mat and you have not removed the cardstock, the cardstock or backing is still in place (very important) put the drywall tape over the letters. Lift them a bit on the corners if you need to.

If they get out of kilter then take them off the drywall tape and place them back in the letter openings and do it again. Sometimes I have to re-lift a letter like that.

Then when you get them on the drywall tape just as they were when they were on the mat they will be perfectly spaced and level top and bottom.

The tape is loosly woven so you can see through it.

Take the tape, move it around until you find exactly where you want it to be on your layout. I put a ruler there so I will remember exactly where it goes or even anothe piece of cardstock to mark where the bottom of the letters will go.

Turn the drywall tape over so the backs of the letters are up and apply glue. I use the 2-way glue pen. Glue the letters liberally.

Put the drywall tape,, glue side of the letters down and place on your layout where the entire word goes and press down. I press for several seconds, then I lift the drywall tape off.

It's stickier than a post-it note but not really tacky or sticky so the letters will come off, you may have to coax them a bit sometimes but unually you can just lift the tape off.

It takes just minutes to put down a Cricut word or phrase.

I like my Slice better than my Cricut for being easy to use but use my Cricut because the letters are so much easier to put down using the drywall tape.

If I'm going to a crop I do the lifting onto the drywall tape the same way and then put the drywall tape on a piece of typing paper.

At the crop I easily peel it off and then apply glue to the letters and put them on my layout. So fast and easy.

I have not experimented but I am going to try running the drywall tape through the xyron x next time and see if that works the same and keeps my letters perfectly placed. If so, that is what I will start doing to make it even easier becuase I love the "X".

I do prefer the Xyron to the glue pen so if I can do that, it will be easy! I will just have to cut the top and bottom of the drywall strip so it will fit through. Not a problem.


 
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The Xyron does not make fonts or letters - you put the letters you have and it makes the back sticky like a sticker so you just press them on your layouts.

Xyron does make a runner of some kind that makes letters but I don't know of anyone who uses one. Most of us use it just to make the letters sticky on back.

The ones pictures above only have the sticky feature - thing the one that actally makes the runners with letters may be called a Xyron runner. I don't own one and don't know of anyone who does so I can't tell you about the fonts and colors. Its completely different than the ones that jsut do the "sticky".



 
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  • stick on 06-06-12 09:48 AM
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  • ItsPronounced_Abear Said:
Hmm, those look interesting. How does it work? Can you make different fonts or colors with it?




It merely applies glue to the back of a piece of paper, turning it into a sticker. There's a video on the page for the 250.

You still have to cut out your letters somehow - using a Cricut or other die-cut machine, or by hand.


 
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I like the Zig Two-Way glue pens for this. I prefer the felt-tip one that's more like a marker, but the only one on SB.com (so the only one I can link to) is the ballpoint squeeze-and-roll, which is more apt to ooze out around the edges when you press the letter down.
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I like the 2-way which is like felt on the end.

I do not like the squeeze and roll and will never buy another one!


 
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Same here. I've been using mine lately on some large cuts, but it's finally almost gone. I've got a couple felt-tips in stock. Need to re-stock ATG tape and trimmer blades soon though.


 
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I second the Xyron! Prior to it very tedious gluing letters especially if you do a shadow. After Xyron doing letters and even three layer embellishments (newer cartridges)



 
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LOVE LOVE LOVE my X! It's wonderful for attaching little things.


 
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I also think the Xyron is a great way to go for this sort of thing. Use my 150/the X all the time.

I also like this product in conjunction with the Xyron. Sometimes the Xryon adds just a little bit too much adhesive to the sides of your item. This product will help erase that little bit of extra.
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Thanks Ladies! I knew you more experienced SBers would have some good tips! I'll try the Drywall tape method first and think about the Xyron a little later.


 
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Drywall tape for lining up and spacing.

I am going to play today and see if I can cut the drywall tape after the letters are on it and then scoot it through my X and will let you know. I think it will work great.

THanks for starting this thread - never thought of using the drywall and xyron together before!


 
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  • stick on 06-07-12 08:47 AM
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Henri, the only thing is you'll get xyron adhesive on the drywall tape as well, so when you place that on your scrapbook paper I don't think you'll be able to remove the tape.


 
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Back to the drawing board.

I just ran some letters on drywall tape through the xyron.

It went through fine but the glue was on the drywall tape as well as the letters. When I lifted the drywall tape off the paper the letters were glued down perfectly but there was alot of excess xyron glue that was on the tape from when I ran it through.

For my Slice I'll use the Xyron but for my cricut I like to keep the letter alighment and will continue to use the drywall tape and zig pen.

Will experiment some more with drywall tape and xyron becuase the excess glue did roll right up in a second - quicker than spacing and leveling all the letters.


 
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Kara - you and I were posting at the same time! And what you were saying - I just tested and you are right. Don't know why I didn't think of that.

The tape lifted very easily although if I let it set a while I don't think it would have.

There was a lot of xyron adhesive around the letters. They rolled up easily but I will test some more before I try that on a layout.

The excess came up very easily, like it does between the letters when it "spiderwebs" but still, I want to test it more before I try it on an actual layout.

Right now, I think the glue pen is going to work best with the drywall tape because of what you said - the glue adheres to the drywall tape as well as the letters and requires the extra step of removing it. And I don't know if it will remove from all papers as easily as it did the paper i tested with.


 
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Get the little X (250) Xyron!


Before I had it, I thought, "why do I need that? I have glue."

It is so handy for so many things. Makes life much easier.


 
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I have the "X" and the creative station and love both of them!


 
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I don't have a Xyron (yet) so I just use a glue pen and a pair of tweezers.

It's a temporary thing, I think. But I'm trying not to buy everything I want.


 
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A glue pen and pair of tweezers works perfectly!

I'm holding out on a lot of things I think I want but I'm making sure I will actually use them before I invest.


 
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The X is SOOOOO worth it! Use a coupon and you can get it for around $6 and then use coupons on the refills and they're less than $5 each. Lots of people use the adhesive w/o the X too. You waste a lot less that way.


 
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I use "sticky Dots" It comes in 8 1/2 x 11 sheets (althought I have seen it smaller) and is just a sheet of super tiny sticky dots. You put your letter (or other shape) on the dots, lift up and apply to page. Super easy and works great on little tiny things. I use it a lot when layering Cricut images. Those eyeballs can be pretty tiny! A pair of tweezers and my Sticky Dots work great!
I have seen the bigger dots that you peel off and apply but these are really tiny and a sheet (I believe they come in packs of 5) last a really long time as long as you don't use it for large items. I think they are made by Thermo Web


 
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I have some Thermo Web Sticky Dots, and they're not bad, but I'd NEVER think of them as "super easy."

This reminds me, Sizzix has some wonderful 6" x 6" adhesive sheets that you stick to your paper before cutting out the shape. Obviously this works great with Sizzix dies but I've had success with using it in the Cricut as well. Of course you can cut it to size if you're cutting from a small scrap instead of using up a whole sheet.


 
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That could be my solution Aqua because then I could still lift it with the drywall tape to keep the placement the same as it was on the cricut mat.


 
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  • stick Said:
Make your own sticker letters with a Xyron, you'll never regret this purchase.



YEP!! this is the best solution!!! NO MESS!! I use mine EVERY time I crop! It's a must have for the starter kit for a new cropper!


 
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If you don't have an X, or just prefer to use glue, I HIGHLY recommend "The Best Glue Ever". Yes, that's the name of it. What I like about it is that the plastic squeeze bottle has a very, very thin nozzle. You can use it on the thinnest cut letters. And it rarely, if ever, clogs. The secret seems to be in the cap. Inside the plastic outer cap, there is a tiny little "nozzle" cap that you slip the nozzle of the bottle into. It keeps it clean and unclogged. I love that stuff, and really wish our Scrapbook.com store would stock it.


 
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I'm a xyron x fan too - but mostly use it when I use my Slice. Rarely with my Cricut.


 
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  • dwelch Said:
If you don't have an X, or just prefer to use glue, I HIGHLY recommend "The Best Glue Ever". Yes, that's the name of it. What I like about it is that the plastic squeeze bottle has a very, very thin nozzle. You can use it on the thinnest cut letters. And it rarely, if ever, clogs. The secret seems to be in the cap. Inside the plastic outer cap, there is a tiny little "nozzle" cap that you slip the nozzle of the bottle into. It keeps it clean and unclogged. I love that stuff, and really wish our Scrapbook.com store would stock it.



Does J's or Hobby sell"the best glue ever"? Anyone know?


 
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  • wilbur Said:
  • dwelch Said:
If you don't have an X, or just prefer to use glue, I HIGHLY recommend "The Best Glue Ever". Yes, that's the name of it. What I like about it is that the plastic squeeze bottle has a very, very thin nozzle. You can use it on the thinnest cut letters. And it rarely, if ever, clogs. The secret seems to be in the cap. Inside the plastic outer cap, there is a tiny little "nozzle" cap that you slip the nozzle of the bottle into. It keeps it clean and unclogged. I love that stuff, and really wish our Scrapbook.com store would stock it.



Does J's or Hobby sell"the best glue ever"? Anyone know?




Nope. You an only get it online as far as I know.


 
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Do the refills last you a long time?

Might be my Jo-Ann's 50% coupon purchase next weekend!


 
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  • LesleyC Said:
Do the refills last you a long time?

Might be my Jo-Ann's 50% coupon purchase next weekend!




The Xyron refills? Mine actually last longer than I think they will, but I do use them sparingly and only when it really is the best and easiest adhesive for the task. But I think I have a minor glue fixation because I have and actively use so many kinds, lol.


 
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I bought little X and LOVE it -- it was like $8 with a 40% off coupon!! I used it on some rick rack and it worked perfectly!!

Thanks for the reco'.


 
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I always use my Zig glue pen on a scrap of paper. They come in 3 different tips, a pen tip for the small stuff, the medium that i use most, and a wide for big projects. Unfortunately WalMart no longer carries them, I've only been able to buy these at JoAnn's.


 
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I love the zig glue pens. I bought 5 yesterday at Joanns. I like to keep a good stach of everything!

If I use my Cricut then the letters are on the drywall tape already so it just takes seconds to put the glue on the back and a few seconds to line it up and glue it down.

If I use my Slice then I use my Xyron which glues very nicely but is a royal pain to get everything spaced and centered the way I want. Very time consuming.


 
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This is something that is inexpensive but it will make your scrapbooking a lot easier


 
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I bought the X about a week ago and used it at a crop this past Saturday. It's so handy! I'll never use regular glue on ribbon again! I also got 2 strips of thin ribbon to go through at the same time without destroying them. I was so proud of myself. hehe. Think I paid about $6 at J's after a 40% coupon.


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I think the xyron x is the best thing out there for ribbon!


 
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Henri, I love your idea of the drywall tape. How clever. The first time I saw your post about the tape I couldn't imagine what you meant, but after you previous post that explained it, I was amazed at the idea. I never thought of how it would keep the letters lined up and spaced. I am definitely going to have to get a roll and give it a try! That's what I love about this site. I have learned so many cool ideas!!


 
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