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Monday, April 2, 2012

New DMT Challenge - Magic Metals Technique for creating faux embossed metal Game Art!

Howzit Bloggers!
It's time for April's DMT Challenge!  This technique coincides with the current technique challenge blog hop over at Blockheads Paper Arts so you've got a chance to win a $25 gift certificate!

April's DMT (DominoART's monthly technique) is called Magic Metals aka Faux embossed Metal and I challenge you to alter your favourite game tiles using this technique!

To demonstrate this really cool technique I created a pendant featuring a Square Domino.  For all the details regarding the Blockheads Challenge please stop by their website and check out Karen's awesome tutorial and technique sample as well as my two design team card projects too!


This is the perfect technique to use on any of your game tiles that you'd like to recycle so pull out your experimental dominoes that didn't work out as you planned or start from scratch with a brand new domino or other similar game tiles.  Start by colouring the edges and sides with a silver metallic paint pen and then run a strip of red liner double sided tape around the sides of the domino.  Adhere metallic Micro Marbles to the sticky tape.  I used Micro Marbles that worked well with the patina metallics colour scheme of my pendant by mixing gold, silver and metallic green and blue together.

Apply a generous coat of clear Top Boss embossing ink DTD (direct to domino).  You can use any embossing ink pad but just make sure it's a juicy one.  Sprinkle on a good thick coat of regular silver metallic embossing powder - you can also use UTEE (ultra thick embossing powders) but I used the regular EP to demo that you can achieve the same effect!  Heat emboss the EP until it's molten and sprinkle on another thick layer.  Heat emboss again and sprinkle on a third coat of silver EP.

Allow the EP to melt over the sides and mingle with the top edge of the micro-marbles along the sides.  Heat the third layer of EP and now this is where the fun begins!  To get the awesome patina effect sprinkle on blue and green Patina Perfect Pearls and slowly continue heating the EP until the Perfect Pearl powders melt into the molten EP.  Sprinkle on more Patina powders until you're happy with the result.  I also decided to include a tiny amount of gold EP too.  Apply clear Top Boss embossing ink to a rubber stamp, I used the small Peacock Feather from Blockheads Paper Arts latest stamp set called Proud As A Peacock, and have it ready to go.  While the EP is still in a liquid state press the stamp firmly down into the EP and try to avoid moving the stamp or wiggling it in any way!  Hold it there for a few seconds to allow the EP to cool and harden and then carefully remove the stamp.  The result is a beautiful embossed design but if you don't like how it turned out you can simply reheat the EP and start again!  Apply a coat of Judikins Diamond Glaze to the sides of the domino to seal in the Micro Marbles.

Embellish the Square Domino pendant with some strands of real Peacock feathers and a metal Making Memories Ransom alphabet tile.  Adhere the embellies to the domino with Judikins Diamond Glaze.  For the finishing touch I also added a 4mm clear Swarovski crystal to the center of the feather.

A Closer look at the details.
It's also fun to decorate the back of the pendant but first I made my own bail from silver wire and adhered it to the back top point of the domino with G-S Hypo Cement.  You can also use E6000 if you don't have the cement.  Use the actual domino as a template and trace the shape with a pencil onto a piece of grungy blue-green My Mind's Eye Tres Belle Collection patterned paper.  Cut out the shape at least a 1/4 inch smaller with scissors.  Decorate the paper by stamping the same Peacock feather with a combination of Paris Dusk and Bamboo Leaves Memento ink.
I like to use unconventional materials in my game art and applied a piece of crystal clear packing tape to protect the paper and trimmed off the excess.  Cut a small notch out of the top point to fit around the wire bail and apply a coat of Judikins Diamond Glaze to the back of the domino.  Adhere the feather panel in place and apply a coat of Diamond Glaze around the edges of the panel to create a seamless edge.  I made a necklace out of grey suede cord and silver jewelry findings and finished it off with a lobster claw clasp with a chain extender.

Thanks for stopping by DominoART's blog today and checking out my project for this month's DMT!  I would love to hear what you think of my domino pendant and please use the comments section to ask questions too!  I hope you'll try out this technique and share your projects with us on the DominoART Yahoo Group and also by entering the Blockheads' Blog Hop Magic Metals Technique Challenge if you have a blog!  If you don't then you also have a chance at winning a sheet of rubber by sharing your project on the Blockheads' Facebook group!  So come and join the fun :0)  Use the inlinkz button below to enter by April 21st!

I've entered my Square Domino Pendant in the following challenges:
 Moxie Fab World - Fascination With Feathers Challenge
and I'm so happy to find a game related challenge for this one too at
Crafty Creations Challenges - #163 Game On

Domino Hugs!


  1. Hey Leigh! Thanks for linking this up to the Fascination with Feathers Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

  2. Leigh, you are such an artist! I love your new blog header, too. It really looks awesome. :) I see you've linked up to the Moxie Fab challenge again...you go, girl!

  3. WOW - your piece is absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Creations Challenges! bx

  4. What an amazing pendant! I'm so glad you found our Crafty Creations Challenge and played along!

  5. Wow! I love that, the colors, the metal look, the size, fabulous.

  6. This is totally awesome, Leigh! OMG! I sure wish I had your talent! :)

  7. I make a lot of custom metal wall art decor and you gave me some great ideas. Thanks for sharing this blog!


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Domino Hugs!
Leigh S~B

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