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
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