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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Weekly Blockheads Blog Candy & Gift Certificate Up for Grabs!

Hello Bloggers!

2014 UPDATE:

You've probably noticed the niffy new Blockheads Blog Candy blinkie in my right hand side bar already so here's the scoop on what that is all about ;0)

Blockheads Paper Arts is now sponsoring a weekly chance to win some Blog Candy, Woohoo!
Simply add their Blog Candy Banner to your side bar for a chance to win the free stamp of the week! The stamp changes each Sunday evening after winners are selected.  For now we want you to have a roughly 1 in 10 chance of winning.  So if we get 20 particpants we'll select 2 winners and if there are 30, we'll select 3.

To add their banner to the side bar on your blogger page, simply enter design mode and click to add a widget.  Select the HTML/JavaScript widget type and enter the the code into the Content Box (Title is optional).  Click here for the code!  Including the code in your blog post will add the banner which then links to the Blockheads' Blog!

Once you've done that go to Blockheads' Blog and add your blog URL link via the "add your link" button.

Would you like the chance to get even more goodies from Blockheads Paper Arts?
Then read on to find out how you can win an additional $10 gift certificate :0)

If you are one of the random winners and the link you've submitted by clicking the "add your link" button goes directly to a post on your blog with this banner and a nice comment about Blockheads with a link to their web page, Blockheads Paper Arts, you will also be eligible to win an additional $10 gift certificate.  Stacey, the owner of Blockheads, is only asking for truthful comments so if you've ordered from them you can say what you like about their service.  If you haven't ordered from them your comment can simply be that you like a particular set of stamps or an item they carry.  Feel free to add any pictures of their products from their website in your blog post with links directly to them.  Only one gift certificate will be given away weekly so if multiple winners have linked to such a post, they will pick one of them to win the gift certificate.

Kudos for Blockheads!

If you aren't a Blockhead already then I guarantee you will be once you've visited their website!  I've been a Blockhead since as far back as 2002 and possibly earlier ;0)  Stacey will look after you and your order with the utmost care, you couldn't ask for better service.  She is a magician with shipping too coz I'm just amazed at the speed in which I receive my orders!

Blockheads has an exclusive stamp line which I promote in my design team creations!  They also carry other popular stamp companies too:  Lost Coast Designs, My Heart Stamps for You, OnxyXpressions and the coveted Tim Holtz Collection to name a few.  They also carry a wide selection of the most popular "must have" goodies as well as much loved favourites that have stood the test of time.  So grab your favourite beverage, sit back and enjoy a visit to Blockheads Paper Arts!

Domino Hugs!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

New DMT Challenge for March - The D'ART Stenciling Technique!

Greetings Dominoians!

It's time for March's DMT which stands for DominoART's Monthly Technique!
This month I challenge you to try using a stencil or a template to create a design on a domino or any other similar game tile!  I'm calling this one the "D'ART Stenciling Technique".

Play around with all the possibilities and have fun experimenting with this concept.  Then create something with your altered game tile - add it to a card, a tag, an ATC or make a piece of jewelry with it.  Then share your experience and project photos on the DominoART Yahoo Group or the DominoART Facebook Page.

If you have a blog and post your project there then please use the inlinkz button below to share your project with us all here on the DominoART Blog - you must mention the D'ART Stenciling Technique Challenge and link back to us here!  It's a text only set up so no thumbnail pics will appear.  Please only use the direct URL to your project and not just a general link to your home page, any general links will be removed.

If we get enough interest in this months DMT then I will have a prize up for grabs!
So please come and play with us, the more the merrier!
Here's my project featuring the Mini Numbers Collage Template by Crafter's Workshop which was provided by Blockheads Paper Arts.

Numerology DominoART Card

The theme for my DominoART card is Numerology which is a branch of knowledge that deals with the occult significance of numbers.  I had a ball playing around with the various elements and think this card would be suitable for someone who is into Numerology or just as an all occasion card.  You could really personalize it to a number or a date that is significant like a birthday, anniversary or a graduation date.  The possibilities truly are limitless!

Trace the outline of the Mini Numbers Collage onto the domino with an ultra fine black Sharpie marker and colour in the numbers.  You don't have to use a Crafter's Workshop Template for this challenge.  Just experiment with any kind of stencil or template you have already but you might want to check out all the awesome Crafter's Workshop Templates available from Blockheads Paper Arts though coz they've got some really nice ones ;0)

Apply metallic silver Rub-ons cream to the sides and the edge of the domino and seal with a couple of light mistings of Krylon Artist's Workable Fixative spray.  Apply black glitter glue to the numbers you wish to highlight.

In the photo about you can see the metallic silver sides and the dimension of the glitter glue.

Make a folded card from black cardstock while you wait for the glitter glue to dry on the domino.
To create the mini numbers collage background ink up the back of the template with Versamark Watermark ink.  Apply the ink directly to the template with the ink pad and be as generous as possible with the ink so the template is nice and wet.  Lay the template ink side down onto the black cardstock and cover the template with a piece of paper towel to protect your brayer.  Roll the brayer across the template multiple times with a nice even firm pressure.  Apply silver Perfect Pearls powder to the wet ink.

 I've been experimenting with Crafter's Workshop Templates for Blockheads Paper Arts' design team using various products to create interesting backgrounds and effects.  I've got a few projects up on my blog at Leigh SB Designs if you want to check them out too!

Emboss a piece of semi-glossy black cardstock with a Cuttlebug numbers embossing folder.  Cut a narrow panel and then apply a light coat of metallic silver Rub-ons cream to the embossed numbers and to all four edges of the panel.

Adhere the embossed panel to the card front with double-sided tape.  Add a metallic silver border sticker down the left hand side of the card leaving a narrow black border on the outer edge.

Adhere the domino to the card front with glue dots.

Embellish the upper portion of the card with silver cord wrapped around the card three times and tied in a knot.  Finish off with silver beads and knot the ends of the cord.

I put some thought into how I designed this card and you might have noticed that I emphasized certain numbers in subtle ways ;0)  The number 3 is important - I used 3 different surfaces, the cord is wrapped 3 times, the large number 3 is prominent, 2 x 3 = 6 and 3 x 3 = 9.  Which also picks up on the 2 and 9 on the domino, the 2 on the background panels and the 2 beads.  The number 5 is also prominent...how you are wondering?  Well 2 + 3 = 5 and also 1 - 6 = 5 of course, which you can see on the right hand side of the card ;0)  The domino itself is significant coz 2 + 9 = 11.  The number 11 has followed my sister around her entire life and hence has become an important number in our family and certain things have happened on that date or time in recent years and that's why I chose to use that part of the stencil!

I really enjoyed making this project and hope you will enjoy creating your own Stencil inspired artwork and enter your projects in the D'ART Stenciling Technique challenge!

Domino Hugs!

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