How to Use Xyron Adhesives on Selected Parts of Your Projects

Have you ever thought about selective adhesive application? By that I mean you can control a machine's adhesive application. Check out the wings and hat on the stamped girl below. My little trick allows for her to not be flat as a pancake.

Selective adhesive application on a mixed media tag colored with Distress Inks (Marjie Kemper)
I made this jumbo with stamps, stencils, inks, paint, and water soluble crayons. I used my Xyron® 5” Creative Station to adhere the image and corrugated cardboard to my tag. I'll share below how I kept her party hat 3-dimensional by controlling my adhesives.  I started out with these parts:

Tag components (Marjie Kemper)


Then I stamped the sentiment and covered it with embossing powder:

Embossing on Jumbo tag with Distress Inks (Marjie Kemper)
Heating the powder brought the sentiment right to the top of all the layered stamping and stenciling beneath it. Look how that black stamped sentiment pops as the powder melts:

Heat embossing on Jumbo tag with Distress Inks (Marjie Kemper)


I stamped and cut out the hat separately and ran it through the Xyron® 1.5” Create-a-Sticker:

I adhered it behind the hat the girl is wearing.  Next I put that stamped image (with two hats) through the machine, and after it came out I peeled off the ‘dummy' hat and the main hat had no adhesive. So it's totally popped up and dimensional, yet the rest of her is really tacked down with adhesive.  Cool?!?

Selective adhesive application with a Xyron 510 Machine (Marjie Kemper)

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Here she is:

Stampers Anonymous girl with Distress Inks (Marjie Kemper)
I love being able to put dimensional items like the corrugated cardboard through my machine.  Here's a close-up of that, all inked up and distressed:

Textured tag close-up (Marjie Kemper)

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  1. Ana K. on March 4, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I would like to live comment on every post, but unfortunately my day is too short. Yours creations are all stunning!!! This tag is super cool and I am so happy that you share how to with us…I will try it!
    Hugs from Slovenia

  2. Sherry C on February 27, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Wow, gorgeous tag!

  3. Shar B on February 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Totally gorgeous!

  4. Maria McGuire on February 19, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Beautiful tag and wonderful tutorial Marjie! My favorite part is the corrugated cardboard.

  5. Ronda Palazzari on February 19, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Beautiful! Love all the colors on this fabulous tag!

  6. Lynne Moncrieff on February 19, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Such clever use of the Xyron, then again this is exactly what we anticipated when you announced you were on their DT.
    Fabulous tag.

  7. Silvia on February 19, 2013 at 3:32 am

    Another fantastic tag.

  8. Anita Houston on February 18, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Oh Marjie…what an UBER gorgeous tag! The blended inked background is fab and colored wonderfully! Love the background stamp too! She is a cutie…love her! Love the added colored corrugated…excellent touch there! Gorgeous tag!!!

  9. Vada on February 17, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Beautiful Tag Marjie!! Love the colors, and the little girl is a fav of mine. Hugs Vada

  10. Alison/craftytrog on February 17, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Your tag is so beautiful Marjie, lovely colours & image! x

  11. Cath on February 17, 2013 at 11:33 am

    One of my favourite colour combos here, Marjie and of course it’s beautifully executed – gorgeous work xxx

  12. Redanne on February 17, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Hi Marjie, I just love your base tag, the colours are simply stunning. Great tip for putting on the hat, I use my mini Xyron for small things like this too, it is small enough to stay out on my work desk all the time. A truly beautiful finished tag and thanks for the useful little tutorial. Hugs, Anne x

  13. Lynn Stevens on February 17, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Now why didn’t I think of that? Great idea!! and Fabulous tag.
    hugs Lynn

  14. Bonnie Irvine on February 17, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Oh my goodness, Marjie. I love this tag. The colours are fabulous and the background is so rich in depth and texture. The corrugated cardboard is a wonderful detail. Love the stamps you used. Great tip about using the xyron that way. I want to remember that! This sounds all gushy :) but I this tag makes me happy just viewing it!

  15. butterfly on February 17, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Totally cool tag, scintillating colours, and I’m in love with the corrugated card!!
    Alison x

  16. Willy on February 17, 2013 at 10:18 am

    What a beauty, Marjie!

  17. Jessica Sporn on February 17, 2013 at 9:39 am

    GORGEOUS! Thanks for the step outs!

  18. ConnieM on February 17, 2013 at 7:26 am

    beautifully done~ would love to take a class with you:):):)

  19. Valerie-Jael on February 17, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Lovely tag Marji, great colours! I hope you have not been speeding again – well, at least, not been caught! I nearly got caught yesterday, just slowed enough in time! Valerie

  20. kathy/NorthCarolina on February 17, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Oh, this tag! You manage to achieve the most delightful colors in your backgrounds. They are never muddy (like mine often get) and there’s great movement in every piece…even in the background! This little trick you used to adhere the fairy is so clever. And I love the corrugated “boulder” she is perched on. Great sentiment and I love the subtle texture the stencils add. Wonderful whimsy found here!

  21. Celeste Santin on February 17, 2013 at 1:04 am

    I had to read the instructions on the hat twice till i got it!! lol
    Love the tag and such wonderful playful colours too.

  22. Julie Tucker-Wolek on February 16, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    This is soooooooooooo beautiful! I love love love love the colors, her wings and loveeeeee the quote!!!

  23. Renee Zarate on February 16, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Wow! This one is really extraordinary. I love the colors, textures and that image. You knocked this one out of the park.

  24. Danee on February 16, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Gorgeous tag- you really layered the colors beautifully.

  25. Kate on February 16, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I really love the colors on this tag. The little girl is the perfect touch. Love her!

  26. Heather Mayfield on February 16, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Great idea to leave that area clean of adhesive.

  27. Shelly Schmidt on February 16, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    So awesome- loving the colors and the dimension- and love the layers with the hat and the Xyron. This is so awesome!

  28. Sharon on February 16, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    PS should have said I have a Xyron sticker maker – never remember which way to put the things in LOL!!!

  29. Sharon on February 16, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Wow this looks fantastic – really need to try this out – I have a Xyron and never use it!!!!!

  30. Corrine on February 16, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    That is pretty cool. I don’t own any of these machines but I am beginning to think they might have to be pennies saved and xyron’s purchased. I like the mini sticker one….hmmm hanging out with you makes me want to expand my collection of goodies……seriously, love the whole thing it is amazing…..xox

  31. Terry on February 16, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Awesome tag, Marjie! I love my Xyron, but think I also need to pick up a smaller size! Enjoy the weekend! Hugs!

  32. PetraB on February 16, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    very creative and a fabulous tag

  33. Helen Tilbury on February 16, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Excellent project Marjie! What a stunning job!!

  34. debi ryan on February 16, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Gorgeous colours, and love that girl! Debi x

  35. Claudine C on February 16, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I love it Mrjie, very cool and creative!!

  36. Barbara Ford on February 16, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Great tag, Marjie! Love my Xyrons!

  37. Debbie Reid on February 16, 2013 at 11:55 am

    I LOVE this tag! Fabulous colours and she is a cutie! Thanks so much for the Xyron tutorial too!
    Wishes From A Broad