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. 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. Wow, gorgeous tag!

  3. Totally gorgeous!

  4. Maria McGuire says:

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

  5. Beautiful! Love all the colors on this fabulous tag!

  6. 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. Another fantastic tag.

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

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

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

  12. 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 says:

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

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

  16. What a beauty, Marjie!

  17. GORGEOUS! Thanks for the step outs!

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

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

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

  24. Gorgeous tag- you really layered the colors beautifully.

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

  26. Great idea to leave that area clean of adhesive.

  27. Shelly Schmidt says:

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

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

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

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

  32. very creative and a fabulous tag

  33. Excellent project Marjie! What a stunning job!!

  34. Gorgeous colours, and love that girl! Debi x

  35. I love it Mrjie, very cool and creative!!

  36. Great tag, Marjie! Love my Xyrons!

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