Altered Game Pieces
by Cindy Lyles
Take dominoes to a whole new place using reinkers and stamps.
- Game piece
- Sanding block
- Dye ink refill
- StazOn™ ink
- Detailed stamps
- Gold leafing pen
- Spray sealant
- Plastic glove (optional)
- Industrial cement such as E-6000
Using the sanding block, sand the smooth side of the game piece to remove the shine.
Place a very, very small amount of reinker onto the sanded game piece.
You will now alter the base color of the game piece. Don the glove if desired. This will prevent your fingers from becoming stained, and the chance of any fingerprints on the piece.
Blend the reinker on the sanded game piece surface. I chose to have the color fade away versus an even application. If you have applied too much reinker dab your finger onto a baby wipe or paper towel. The reinker will dry almost immediately.
Ink stamp with StazOn™ or other solvent ink. Stamp game piece. Allow to dry.
Apply leafing pen to edges of game piece. The chisel tip really does a great job creating a nice edge.
Seal the game piece with a spray sealant.
Using E-6000 or other industrial cement, adhere magnet to back of game piece. Allow to dry.
Tip: If doing multiples of these at the same time, use caution not to place the pieces too close to each other. The magnets will naturally attract each other, and will dry askew and not centered on the back of the game piece.
Step 8 (Optional)
Add a bauble if desired.
I found these at Michaels in the bead aisle and adhered with a small amount of Crystal Effects™.
Other samples using the same technique. The snail image from Winged Things uses two classic reinkers. The other two use Pinata Inks and Claro Extender (used to achieve the mottled look). Source: http://www.usartquest.com.
If you don't mind getting your VersaMark pad dirty, you can also press the game piece into a VersaMark pad, then dip into a vat of clear embossing powder, coating the stamped surface and leafing pen on the edges, and heat set. This latter method tends to leave a visible texture on the surface of the game piece.