How To Adhere Layered DIY Invitations, Programs, Menu Cards

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Customer Question: Attaching Card Stock Layers

Linda in Schenectady, New York asks,

How do you attach the menu to the backing card? Do you glue it?

This is a great question that can be applied to any DIY layered invitation, program or menu project, whether the items are sold in kits or ordered individually.

Why don’t these layered items come glued together?

The answer is simple. You’ll first want to print your custom wording on the printable layer, and you wouldn’t want to run two or more layers together through your printer at once. It just wouldn’t work. That is why the layers are packaged separately, to be adhered in a Do It Yourself manner with your choice of adhesive.

What adhesive should you use?

Chances are, you’ve had experience gluing paper so you might even have a favorite adhesive in mind. LCI sells a selection of Tape & Glue adhesives that may perform even better. Below we quickly outline some of the features of each.


Glue Marker adhesive

Glue Marker

This non-toxic, acid free product provides a marker type tip to apply glue in a more consistent, even manner than can be achieved with an ordinary bottle of glue.

The Glue Marker directions are simple:

  • To get glue flowing, press down on nib.
  • Apply glue to paper.

G-S Hypo Fabric Cement box

G-S Hypo Fabric Cement

The cement has a strong smell and should not be used around children. It reminds us of modeling glue. It may not be the best choice for your adhering paper layers, especially if you will be working on the project with your kids.


Zip Dry scrapbook glue

Zip Dry

A popular choice in our office, Zip Dry is a liquid adhesive that works great on paper. We found that Zip Dry dries quickly, clear, and wrinkle free. Speaking of free, the product is also acid free and lignin free.

Since the liquid dispenses through a small, round opening on the bottle top, we find that it isn’t as easy to apply as our Glue Marker or even the next item.

For a closer look, you may be interested in reading our full Zip Dry Product Review.


glue stick

Glue Stick

Common school glue stick provides an alternative to working with liquid adhesive. It is often a fine choice for adhering paper layers because it has a wide, fairly flat tip for more even glue distribution.

Generally, it is non-toxic and acid free.


Double Sided Tape Dots peeling

Double Sided Tape

Our popular Double Sided Tape is clear and virtually flat on paper. It is super strong and will not ripple. Each tab is a small & circular with a tab for gripping with your thumb and index finger. Here’s how it works:

  • Remove dot from film carrier by lifting the tab.
  • Apply tab to desired area of paper.
  • Rub the dot evenly to assure proper adhesion.
  • Lift tab to remove protective coating.
  • Place next paper layer in desired position.
  • Gently apply pressure to paper to assure proper adhesion.

Still have questions?

Have you found a great solution to adhering your paper layers? We’d love to hear about it. And if you have any questions that weren’t answered in this video, ask us! We might even respond to your question on video.

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  1. Adi Eini says:

    Where I can buy glue marker?
    very nice invitations…

  2. JB says:

    Hi Adi,

    We appreciate your comment about our invitations. Our Glue Marker is available with our other glues and adhesives. And here is a direct link to our Glue Marker.

  3. Alison Cronson says:

    It would be great if you showed the best way to use layered cards so that there is even space all the way around. At the moment, I just eyeball it but perhaps there is a better way? Specifically with 2-3 layer invitations where you want 1/4-1/2 space showing on all 4 sides. I also sometimes use
    a grid marked board to line up my edges so I can see it the border is equal as I place the 2nd layer.

    • Steve says:

      Hello Alison,

      Thats a great question. It’s often easiest to eyeball the layers, however if you want precision, I would get out the ruler and either a triangle or a T-square. You are going to want to gather all of your pieces. Starting with your bottom layer, measure your desired spacing in from each side, using the triangle to square off the ruler to the edge of the paper. You are going to want to do this twice on each side near where the corner of your layers will lay. Make a faint mark with a pencil at each measurement. Once you have marked up your layers, apply your adhesive to the back of the top layers, and line up all of your corners, and there you’ve got it! You can now erase any pencil marks that are visible (use a good eraser, a cheap one may leave unsightly marks on your invitations) This method will give you precisely measured and squared off layers, however it will be far more time consuming than the eyeballing method.

  4. Laurie says:

    I am making a 3-layered invitation — card stock, chiyogami paper, and text-weight. I bought some zip dry adhesive, but am not sure how to use it. Do I put a rim of glue around the perimeter of the paper? Or should I cover the whole paper with the glue? Thank you!

    • Kristen says:

      Hi Laurie,

      Just a bit around the perimeter of each layer will do. Although Zip Dry doesn’t wrinkle paper, you do not need very much for it to hold, so there is no need to place it all over the back of the layer.