Tuesday, April 26, 2011

the Domino Tutorial

I know I've shown my domino's before... but this time I actually took pictures of the proccess (please excuse them as my lighting skills needs improvement).
We went to a wedding last weekend, and rather than making a necklace, I wanted to just make something fun to put in the card (I made them magnets). 

It makes sense to prepare a lot of dominos at one time.  You will want to sand the surface of the domino to get all the glaze off of it.  You want it dull so that your inks will adhere.  Sand until there is no more glaze (shine). (you don't need to sand the dot side, unless you are going to color it too.)
If you want a base color on your domino, lightly ink up a tiny sponge and sponge on the desired amount of color (hint, if you put on too much color you can wash it off with rubbing alchol).
When you have the desired base color on the you will need to heat set it.  If you emboss papers you have come across this tool.  You 'could' use a hair dryer, but the force will really blow things around.  Heat set until all glossyness (new word) is gone. 
Pick out some stamps that will fit on the domino, I'm going with the wedding theme.
Using black document Ink, ink up your stamp and lay it on the counter.  Bring your domino to the stamp.  I have tried colored inks too, they work ok, but document is really a pigment rich ink and will give you the bold outline needed to really show the picture.
Dominos all stamped up and ready to go...... HEAT SET them again.  No shiny ink left. 
Now we will 'color' in what we need to.  Notice in the above picture, the far right domino has no color at all.  I did (background) coloring using a sharpie pen and what is a tiny tiny q-tip. 
Besides coloring it with the tiny q-tip, I also used a thin black sharpie to finish the letters that did not print out ..(e in ever and the loop in the h)  I didn't really draw as much as I just used dots to make the lines.
When you've colored the dominos enough... HEAT SET again.  You can tell they are done when the ink has lost it's shine.  Hopefully you can tell in the below picture that the inks and colors are all dull.
Example, the middle one has areas that are still shiny (wet)... it needs more HEAT SET
With a glaze, like Diamond Glaze, put a big dollop on the domino and spread it out with your finger.  Yep, your finger.  Make sure you cover everything.  It is self leveling.
If you want to add a little bling, as soon as you can (while glaze is still wet) use tweezers to add jewels.
and here they are all dry (overnight).  (See in the top row that dark blue one that the ink RAN...because why???  oh yeah, I didn't heat set the ink enough!!! So when the diamond glaze was put on, it made the dark blue run!)
While inking up the dominos, you can even ink the edges.. like this Paris one.
Now take a look at your stamps and see what designs you can use on your own dominos.
I have shown my other dominos in the past here and here and here

now for something interesting... I'm learning how to link to some crafty parties:
and look I found another linky party:
and  ANOTHER and another to link up to.. how fun these linky parties are!!


10 Wonderful People Who Commented:

Momza said...

So cute. I bought some years ago with snowmen on them and little ribbons--used them as Christmas ornaments. What do you do with these?

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

those are really cool..and you could make necklaces out of those..what a neat idea..will have to share this idea with other stamping fanatics..I love it.:)

Em said...

I love your crafty bug!

blueviolet said...

Those are amazing! I love them!

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{nifty thrifty things} said...

What a cute idea! I love it!
I would love for you to share this at my linky party @ {nifty thrifty sunday}!

Laura @ live.laugh.photograph said...

this is so cute!! i would love to make these into magnets!

Cherie said...

That is really neat. I was thinking the same thing as your last commentor - these would be great magnets if they aren't too heavy. Love them!

{nifty thrifty things} said...

Thank you so much again for stopping by and linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday}!
I hope to see you again tomorrow!

Deneen said...

I am a new follower! Love the dominoes! Would love for you to come visit me!