Altered Domino Challenge

Lynn Claridge, from Gardenpinks,  has accepted the role of Challenge Hostess for the current challenge.  It is altering a Domino.  I’ve seen some of her work and it is fantastic.  I have also watched many YouTube videos on altering Dominoes.

Intimidating!

A small area to gussy up.  Perfect environment for OOPSIES.  Major Oopsies!  So I had to do some “testing” first to make sure of my trusty “Miracle Fix It” 😀

Yes folks.  Rubbing Alcohol

Yes folks. Rubbing Acohol

And a paper towel

And a paper towel

Wipe off your Domino with the alcohol

Wipe off your Domino with the alcohol

YES!  It took the alcohol ink off and the Staz-On ink.  As you can see there is still a faint outline of the stamped image I had placed over the alcohol ink.

Removes alcohol ink and Staz-On ink

Removes alcohol ink and Staz-On ink

Next was to see if a heat embossed Oopsy could be cleaned off.  I stamped the coffee mug image from a Stampin’ Up! set (Cafe Matutino) I have had with VersaMark ink and Staz-On Jet Black ink…

VersaMark and Staz-On ink

VersaMark and Staz-On ink

Liberally loaded the Domino down with silver embossing powder…..

Silver embossing powder

Silver embossing powder

Heated the embossing powder on the Domino…..

Heated the embossing powder

Heated the embossing powder

Liberally pounced alcohol ink all over the front of the Domino.  This was left to dry for a little over two hours while I took Joe to our doctor to find out what is the matter with him.  According to our Doctor Joe has “Cooties” living in his lower intestines.  Our Doctor further said “Foreigners have moved in and are tearing up the joint”.

To decipher that “Medical Speak” Joe has somehow picked up a bacteria that has moved to his lower intestines where they don’t belong.  The bacteria is causing a lot of trouble and has my poor Joe as week as a kitten.  He’s been sleeping nearly all day long for the past two days and has not had much to eat.  A shot, a prescription, and some other strange pills are beginning to do their work and Joe is beginning to feel like  himself once again.

Okay, back to the Domino.  After the alcohol ink and embossing sat for a couple hours I came back home to use the rubbing alcohol on the Domino.  Oh, I forgot.  I had also put some Rub & Buff on the Domino before we left.

Alcohol ink over embossing

Alcohol ink over embossing

Rub & Buff over everything

Rub & Buff over everything

Cross your fingers

Cross your fingers

This is promising

This is promising

I had to do a little scraping with my fingernail to get the embossing off but it did all come off.  Having a clean paper towel to use on cleaning up would have not left streaks but I’m glad this all is working 😀

Ready to begin again

Ready to begin again

I have used Tim Holtz’ Alcohol Ink in the colors of Stream, Wild Plum, and Slate.  This stuff is totally COOL.  I like the look of the Domino with nothing else on it.  I really like the mottling of the different colors and the dark edges that get left behind.

Stream, Wild Plum, and Slate

Stream, Wild Plum, and Slate

Only Alcohol Ink

Only Alcohol Ink

I used Inkadinkadoo Clear Stamps on the front of the Dominoes.  Coated the edges with a Krylon Gold Pen Marker.  I like the way these came out, but they are just a bit too dark for my tastes.  I know that I can change that with the rubbing alcohol.

Inkadinkadoo

Inkadinkadoo

Butterfly stamp

Butterfly stamp

Pretty.  Dark but pretty.

Pretty. Dark but pretty.

I then used Tim Holtz Meadow and Butterscotch Alcohol Inks to try for a lighter color.  I did not use a clean felt pad.

Meadow and Butterscotch

Meadow and Butterscotch

I used another Inkadinkadoo Clear Stamp.  This one with the word “Nest”.

Nest stamp

Nest stamp

Lighter colors but still really bright

Lighter colors but still really bright

Joe helped me with drilling the holes.  What am I saying?!  He didn’t help me.  He did it by himself 😀   He’s got such fancy tools and wants to do something so why stop him 😀

Joe setting up his vice to hold the Domino

Joe setting up his vice to hold the Domino

Drilling the holes

Drilling the holes

Up close :D

Up close 😀

Adding a Jump Ring

Adding a Jump Ring

Now that I have actually done some of these I can venture into them a little more confidently.  Maybe I’ll find some paper to put on these.  I have not covered the four I’ve made with Glossy Accents or any other type of sealer so I can clean these off and begin again.

This has been pretty easy to do.  I will be playing with them more once I finish the Poker Post-It- Note Holders for Tim.  I’ll have those finished this weekend.  Then on to other projects.

Enjoy your weekend.  Looks like snow for some of the northern states.  Here it will remain in the high 40’s low 50’s for a few more days.  Have fun whatever you do 😀

 

 

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Indira
    Jan 13, 2012 @ 19:36:36

    Beautiful Leslie, I really like the stamp ones. Great job. I really like how challenge yourself. Hugs.

    Reply

    • Message In A Fold
      Jan 14, 2012 @ 07:51:01

      Thank you Indira. The thing I really like about crafting is the variety of things to do. I see your work and I think “WOW, all that from a Cricut cartridge?!” You have some amazing skills, Girlfriend. The diversity is what keeps me interested. Sometimes I have the attention span of a gnat. I like being able to do different things. The challenge for me is to face my fears and find out that I do continue living after I’ve attempted something new. I’m crazy 😀

      Love you my Friend – Leslie

      Reply

  2. gardenpinks
    Jan 14, 2012 @ 11:08:44

    Love the experimenting you are doing Leslie and that is a fab stamp set you are using. Glad to see you diving in there and playing with these, there are some very talented people ‘out there’ who do such wonderful miniature works of art with Dominoes.
    I agree with you that I also like the effect of just inks and that ‘polished stone’ look. I have done some dominoes with just ink and then glazed them just for the simple look.
    I just have to take the dog out and then intend to put up part 2 on my blog.:)

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    Reply

    • Message In A Fold
      Jan 15, 2012 @ 07:01:26

      Fantastic tutorial you have done for us. Thank you for taking the time to do this. I didn’t properly thank you when I commented on your Tutorial Part 2. You make this look very easy, yet I am still feeling a bit intimidated by this Challenge. Yes, I know….Get Over Yourself Girl 😀

      I’m going to be heading in my room today and give this another whack 😀 That is if I can get myself past the amazing alcohol ink displays that get made 😀 I like the sight so much I don’t want to cover it up 😀

      Thank you, once again, Lynn for doing your tutorials. I love them – and you – Leslie

      Reply

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