We’re celebrating with our good friends at Beacon Adhesives this week! Beacon has been an industry leader in adhesives for over 75 years. Their generosity to Stampendous has been remarkable. We discovered some years ago making store displays that their ZipDry™ Paper Glue was the only adhesive we could find that didn’t fall apart under prolonged exposure to fluorescent lights in stores. We use Zip Dry for all our samples we send out. We’re proud to be included on their list of Beacon Buddies
Recently, however, they introduced us to Fast Finish! This amazing decoupage medium drys super quickly (no waiting hours between coats), super shiny, and COMPLETELY FREE OF TACKINESS!! Yay! We’re so pleased with the results we’ve received on so many surfaces. We know you’re going to love this product, too. Our designers have prepared some inspiration using Fast Finish and other Beacon Adhesives for a whole week of fun, and we’ll be sending some lucky U.S. address winners (really, we love you internationally, but don’t ask us to export glue) some Fast Finish and some Stampendous goodies.
I’d like to start by showing you a little Fall/Halloween project I came up with using this terrific product. I found this very fun paper mache pumpkin in a local gift store:
And I thought I’d like to cover it with tissue stamped in our CRR147 Cling Lacy Background Stamp. I stamped the stamp all over Kraft colored tissue with VersaFine ink and allowed it to dry. I didn’t worry about the lines between the stamps at all or the wrinkles in the tissue…it gave it a super cool look.
Then I just brushed the Fast Finish on the pumpkin and applied torn sections of the stamped tissue to the pumpkin surface.
Overlapping the sections made it easy to make a cool pattern that looked amazing even close up. As I stuck the tissue to the pumpkin I brushed more Fast Finish over the top to seal and finish it. The Fast Finish dried as fast as I could move around the pumpkin…it was fantastically easy to work with.
I loved the cool look of places where the wrinkles in the tissue distorted the image and where the lines between the stamped images added variety and depth.
My finished pumpkin needed something. Some of our Black Glass Glitter! I used Beacon Adhesives Dazzle Tac to apply this. It’s really for repairing jewelry, but it has a really fine tip that let me be very precise about glitter placement. I started by covering the stem and applying the glitter by just pouring it on. Beacon makes a lot of adhesives that would have worked for this step.
But then I used the fine tip to draw on vines and leaves and also cover them with the Black Glass Glitter.
My finished pumpkin looked amazing on my shelf of Halloween treasures in my office, but it will also move beautifully into Fall decore. Love how easy and quick Fast Finish made this project. I completed the whole thing in less than an hour. Dry to the touch, not sticky in less than an hour. I let the glitter dry longer for good adhesion.
Now check out the inspiration from our amazing Design Team members for today. You’ll see lots more uses for Fast Finish. Come back and visit tomorrow, too, and all week as we celebrate this great product and all the ways it coordinates with Stampendous stamps! We’ll draw random comments from random blogs to win your own Fast Finish and stamps, so you can try this great product.
Jennifer Ingle (Jingle)
Stephanie Lee (Arty Carty)