We create altered game art from dominoes to jigsaw pieces and beyond...If it's a Game we Alter it! Come & play in our monthly challenges and fun events throughout the year!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

New DMT Challenge - D'ART Emboss Resist Technique! Come join us!

Howzit Bloggers!
It's DMT Challenge time again with a chance to win prizes if you take part in the current technique blog hop over at Blockheads Paper Arts!

May's DMT (DominoART's monthly technique) is called Emboss Resist.  The link takes you to the tutorial created by my Blockhead team mate, Colleen, for doing this technique on paper but as always I like to put the DominoART spin on things and now I challenge you to alter your favourite game tiles using this technique too!  You can enter the Blockheads Challenge with a paper project or a game tile project, that's totally up to you but I would LOVE to see some game art so what do you say...up for it?

So here's my take on the Emboss Resist technique...DominoART style.

The chinese dragon I used is available at Blockheads on their Chinese Princess set or you can get it on its own.  Judikins has the same dragon but Blockheads' one is way bigger, I've got both of course coz this is one of my absolute favourite dragon images ;0)
ppsst...the Chinese Princess set is currently on sale so dash over quick!

No surface prep is needed for this technique besides wiping the domino's surface to remove any greasy finger prints, etc.  Stamp the dragon onto the square domino with clear embossing ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  It does take a lot longer to heat up the game piece so be patient and just keep the heat tool moving and it will eventually happen.  Now please be careful!  The domino will be super hot by the time the EP has melted so just leave it alone for about 15 - 20 mins and let it cool down before handling it!

Once the domino has cooled down apply red and black dye based inks to the surface in a pouncing motion.  Apply the red ink first with Tim's foam ink applicator tool or a cosmetic sponge or whatever method works best for you.  Then add black ink to the lower portion of the domino and blend again with red.  For this particular piece I used Memento Rhubarb Stalk and Tuxedo Black.  I don't normally use Memento inks on dominoes coz the inks don't dry but this time it was okay coz I didn't really apply a lot of ink and I didn't mind the inks blending and moving around when I applied the sealer!  When you're happy with the background remove the excess ink by gently wiping over the embossed areas to reveal the white image...this is where the Resist part of the technique comes in!  It is way trickier to do this part on the domino coz like I said the Memento ink is still wet.  Any areas I accidentally 'wiped' I just touched up by dabbing on more ink with a Q-tip.

Spray the domino with 2 - 3 light coats of Krylon Artists Workable Fixative spray.  At this point you can gently rub over the embossed image again with a piece of slightly damp paper towel to remove any left over ink.  Edge and colour the sides with a metallic gold paint pen and apply another 2 - 3 coats of Fixative.  Then spray the entire domino with 2 - 3 coats of Krylon Gloss Sealer spray.

You can see in the photo above how yummy the embossed image looks and the texture the sealers gave the surface.  Adhere a metal bead to the top of the domino for the bail - I used Judikins Diamond Glaze but E6000 will work well too as well as other slick surface adhesives.

*** Now for a Tip for the Top Tip Tuesday Challenge...
The dragon and Chinese charms were originally a bright gold colour so I dulled down their surfaces with a black Copic marker and burnished them with a piece of paper towel to give them a more antiqued effect to match the bead bail.

Adhere the charms to the domino and complete the dragon with a fiery red rhinestone for it's eye - I adhered everything with Diamond Glaze.  Hang the pendant on a burgundy suede cord necklace and you're done!  I really love how my 'Chinese Dragon' necklace turned out :0)

I'd love to know what you think of my project and feel free to ask any questions in the comments section.  If you have a spare moment I'd also love it if you stopped by my other blog to check out my emboss resist altered microscope slides, those were super fun to create too!

The Blockheads' Challenge closes May 21st so you've got plenty of time to play and create.  You can submit your creations in the Blockheads' blog hop for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate AND if you don't have a blog you can upload your project to Blockheads' Facebook group for a chance to win some rubber!  That's right, there's two prizes up for grabs so get out your supplies and let the embossing powder fly ;0)

I've entered my Chinese Dragon pendant in the following challenges:
Top Tip Tuesday - Challenge 75 - Anything But a Card and Tip included above ;0)
My Mums Craft Shop - Challenge 55 - Embossing
Stamp With Sarah Kay - Stampavie Challenge 67 - Monochrome

Domino Hugs!


  1. wow, absolutely love your altered project, love the technique gorgeous. Thank you for joining us at LEJ this week xx

  2. This is stunning..just love it ! The colours, embossing technique and the embellishments, well everything, Thanks so m,uch for joining our Craft-Room Embossing Challenge..Esther xx

  3. OMG! I LOVE this! Definitely another stunner!! :)

  4. Wow!!! stunning pendant, thanks for joining us at craft room challenge, Debi x

  5. Really beautiful, love those gorgeous metal embellishments. Thank you for joining in with the LEJ Designs challenge blog
    Lindsay xx

  6. Wow , wow, wow! Stunning projects. Thank you for sharing it with us at craft room challenge this week. Hugs Nikki DT

  7. Oh boy how precious and special is this absolutely fantastic. Wonderful work thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge XOXO Zoe

  8. Wow, this is stunning, and so inspiring, I love how you've done this. I've never altered dominoes before, but have some which were bought for that purpose - I must get them out! Thanks for sharing your domino jewellery with us over at the Craft-Room Challenge, and good luck.

    Maria x

  9. This is great. I have never seen anything like this before! Beautiful! Thanks for joining us at LEJ this week xx

  10. First off your blog is completely wonderful! Secondly, this is amazing!! I just love what you've created here. The tip you left is excellent.
    I'm so happy you could join us for your first time at Top Tip Tuesday. Hope you enjoyed the challenge. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. :)
    Lisa x

  11. What great project! I love this new way to use my Copic! thanks for sharing your creations and tip with us at TTT:0)


  12. Wow - great project! Love your Top Tip too - great tip :)

    Thanks for joining in with us over at Top Tip Tuesday.

    Carol x

  13. Great job so different and a great tip too!
    Thanks for entering Top Tip Tuesday this time, hugs Samantha :0)

  14. Wow what an amazing project x
    Thanks for playing along at MMCS challenge & good luck x
    ((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

  15. A stunning piece of minature art...gorgeous embossing. Thank you for playing along with us at the Craft Room "emboss it" challenge this fortnight! Suzanne :)


Thank you so much for stopping by DominoART and leaving your kind comments! I truly appreciate hearing from you and don't hesitate to ask if you've got any questions too ;0)
Domino Hugs!
Leigh S~B

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...