|Welcome to Kimberly Crick's instruction page for decorating dominoes with rubber stamps. I'll cover the basics for markers, paints, chalk coloring, Adirondack
alcohol inks by Tim Holtz / Ranger Ink and other coloring products that help make domino art easy.
All of the stamp images used on this page are available here: unmounted rubber stamps.
|I work on the domino straight from the tin (no bleaching or sanding.) The only time you may want to lightly sand the surface is if you are painting a coat of acrylic
paint on it and want to make it gritty to hold the paint better. Otherwise I have not had problems working with the dominoes the way they come.
|Creating colored backgrounds before stamping: In addition to using blank white dominoes (then just coloring over your stamped image with permanent markers
or chalk) you can also make a variety of fun backgrounds for your stamp art. #1,2 & 3: were created with Alcohol Inks. #4 is a blank domino stamped with color box
chalk ink using a crackle pattern rubber stamp (from this stamp sheet.) #5 used the same crackle rubber stamp over a few coats of green acrylic paint. #6 is a
brush on glitter paint. #7 has a few coats of gold acrylic paint sealed with one-step crackle glaze. #8 has a base coat of green acrylic paint, a layer of "weathered
wood" crackling medium and a light green acrylic paint top coat. Last is covered with a few coats of plain olive green acrylic.
|Chalk color over light tan dominoes, stamped with black StazOn
ink. Most dominoes come white, but you can also rub any sort of
ink into the surface to colorize it before you start stamping.
|Left 3 dominoes were painted with acrylic paints, stamped with
StazOn ink. Third was colored with chalks. Last is embossing
powdered diamond pattern over a blue alcohol ink background.
|Left and bottom used alcohol inks, stamped StazOn,
colored with chalk. Right and top used sharpie marker
backgrounds, stamped with chalk ink pads.
|Gold spray painted back, alcohol ink backgrounds on front.
Wire wrapped, added color using sharpie markers. Added
beads and hung from ribbons.
|Sharpie markers, StazOn ink, gold leaf, Aleene's Paper
Glaze as sealant, 24 gauge copper wire, beads, ribbon.
(For long term stability you may want to use thicker
wire-18 to 22 gauge. The lower the number gauge the
thicker the wire.)
|Place your rubber stamp (image side up) on a sturdy table. Ink it with
StazOn black ink pad. Grab your domino, and position it above your
stamp (with the blank side down.) Press firmly, in a straight down
motion, taking care not to wiggle or smudge the ink. Lift straight off.
|Step 1: Rubber stamp onto your domino using
StazOn ink. I find it easiest to lay your rubber stamp
image side up on a table, ink the stamp, press
your domino down onto it and lift straight up.
|After StazOn stamping your image, tap your Perfect
Medium (or VersaMark or any clear ink pad) over your
domino. This makes the domino surface wet and tacky
enough to hold chalk color.
|Once you've gathered some color onto your applicator
gently tap it onto your domino. The more you press the
lighter your colors will become. Rubbing too hard will result
in removing the clear ink keeping the chalk in place.
Blending should come effortlessly with practice, this type of
coloring is very soft-edged. You could also add metallic
mica powders (such as pearl-ex or perfect pearls brand) in
|To add more intense colors to lips or eyes, use a
water based marker. You can also use an ultra fine
point sharpie marker if you are careful to color
between the lines.
|Step 3: When using chalk you have the widest options for
sealers, since most will not disturb your coloring. (Many will
make other sorts of ink or markers bleed though, check the
sealer descriptions below. I use Krylon spray for everything.)
You'll want to seal your domino right away since the embossing
ink will never dry and attracts dust.
If you prefer a brush on sealer instead of sprays: Generously
coat a soft sponge / cosmetic wedge with your sealer of choice.
Wipe it onto the domino taking care to get most of the surface
covered within 1 to 3 passes. Use just enough pressure to
allow the sealer to glide over the surface. Most dry clear, so it's
usually ok if some parts look slightly thicker.
|Each of the sealers I tested has it's own pros and cons. Here is my personal experience using these products, if you happen to have something on hand, please
don't let me deter you from experimenting. Here's a little about what I learned from each try:
1) DecoArt Multi Purpose Sealer: This turned out better than expected. It's thin, much more liquidy than the other sealers, and very clear when dry. It left a thin layer of
protection with very little sponge/brush stroke marks left over. By far the smoothest finish for brush-on sealers, you may want to add a second coat for durability. I
recommend this if you are only planning on using chalk for coloring (it smears alcohol, pigment or water based inks and you can't use it like a glue for other projects.)
2) Aleene's Paper Glaze: Very clear and thick sealer. Will show some sponge/brush stroke marks after it is dry. However, this is usually only noticeable when the light hits
it from an angle. Be sure to apply this in a thin coat, as I have had some minor bubbling in thicker applications.
Personal Favorite: 3) Mod Podge: I used "matte" in the photo, but I think "glossy" may be the better choice. It will provide a more crystal clear shine. You will see some
sponge/brush stroke marks afterwards, but this is only noticeable when the light is hitting it at an angle. Depending on your taste, this may be a good thing. I think it
makes the domino look even more original - hand painted. You add a few drops onto your domino surface. As long as you gently glide it around with a flat broad tip soft
paint brush or a cosmetic sponge, it will not disturb your Stazon inks, paints or chalks. Thin layers are best, to avoid creating potential bubbles in thicker glazes. Mod
Podge also has other perks, including being able to use it for sealing alcohol ink projects, decoupage and a general glue for your paper crafts. It's also cheap, dries fast,
and is readily available in the glue section at Michaels craft stores.
4) Glossy Accents: While some may appreciate the thick glazed look, I found this very difficult to use on plastic. It took hours to dry and you have to be careful not to let the
tip hit your artwork as you squeeze it out. Since the applicator tip is tiny, you have to blob it out back and forth across your surface trying to get it to settle in an even coat. I
think this product is better suited to adding "wet" looks to paper or for adhering acrylic pieces/marbles to stamping projects. I was careful but still ended up with some
Additional Cons for using these sealers with coloring methods other than chalk: The Multipurpose sealer makes alcohol inks bleed. Mod Podge and Glossy Accents
made my pigment inks and water based marker coloring bleed. Mod Podge had better success when applied with minimal brush strokes/brushing against the
surface - may be able to glide it on with a sponge or spray diluted.
There are a lot of other clear drying paint-on finishes/gloss/sealants, but many will smudge your artwork while brushing it on. All acrylic paint on sealers I tried
(including "triple thick" and other deco art / apple barrel acrylic brand products) distorted my alcohol inks.
|Easy finishing steps without drilling:
Attaching a pendant bail, magnet or pin back
Here I used large silver or gold plated bails
(bails and jewelry making supplies here.) I've
had good results with E-6000 brand glue, but
you can use any glue that is rated for metal to
Flat sided beads can be glued to the sides of
your domino for hanging. Another option would
be to wrap the edges with wire or ribbon.
|Above stamps from sheet # Tile-120, chalk coloring, markers
for the lips and eye color, white gel pen highlights.
|Multi-Purpose Sealer -- Aleene's Paper Glaze
|Mod Podge Matte -- Glossy Accents
|StazOn Ink Pads:
Here's the easiest, quickest method. Decorate your domino in 3 minutes or less!
Overwhelmed and not sure where to start? Or limited on time and looking for the quickest way to decorate your dominoes? By using one or two colors of StazOn ink pads
you can achieve a simply bold domino just by stamping. Plus, it is not totally necessary to do a sealing step with this method, especially for non jewelry items like
magnets and wall art (unless you plan on dipping your domino in alcohol, it will be water resistant.) GlazOn sealer is made for StazOn inks.
|Most of the supplies used here are available on this site, or your local Michaels craft store. The white 1" x 2" dominoes are
"double six" size and can be found at your local Toys R Us, Target, K-Mart or Walmart stores, or individually on the domino
& other game tiles, dog tags, wood, acrylic and other beads to rubber stamp, paint, collage and decorate page. They make
great fridge magnets, key chains, belt loop, purse or scrap book charms, pendants, pins, bracelets, belts, mosaics etc... don't
let me limit your creativity :)
Domino sizes vary depending on brand and type (mini, travel, double six, nine or twelve, etc.) I have tried a few brands and have
found that the most common, and least expensive, is the "double six" sets which usually measure 1" x 2" and typically come in
packs of 28 for $4 to $8.
|2) Stamp your main image with a darker ink over your colored
background. (These stamps are from sheet #Bold-121)
Consider additional accents like rubber stamped patterned
edges, use a sharpie marker to color the edges, add glitter glue,
rhinestones, pearls, stickers etc.
|1) Pick out a light ink pad color and rubber stamp your background pattern. Optionally, before
stamping, you can colorize the domino surface by randomly dabbing on the StazOn ink. Use a q-tip
dipped in alcohol to lighten the ink and rub it into the surface. This ink is usually dry enough to move
onto the next step within a minute.
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|Finishing steps with drilling:
I own a dremel hand drill and a c-clamp for the
side of my craft table. This makes drilling holes
into your domino very easy. You can put more time
into elaborate designs by using craft wire in many
holes, or simply tie a ribbon in a single top hole.
I drill prior to decorating when using thicker media
such as gold leaf or embossing powders. If you
are using the chalk method and spray sealing you
should be able to drill afterwards if you want to use
your artwork as a guide for hole placement.
|Chalk Coloring - Using chalk palettes or soft pastels in compressed stick form:
For this technique you need: dominoes, Stazon ink pad, any clear embossing ink pad (such as VersaMark OR Perfect Medium,) coloring chalks of your choice and
applicators (typically eyeshadow makeup sponges or a q-tip.)
|Water Based Markers (This method is easy, also recommended for beginners, but requires more time to color.)
I use Marvy LePlume II or Tombow markers. For the purpose of this tutorial I also tried out cheaper markers, such as Crayola, which do work - however for the most
professional looking project I would not recommend them due to the limited color range and hard tips. The Marvy or Tombow markers are much nicer because they have
flexible brush tips that allow you to blend colors easier, apply the color more smoothly and are available in more natural color selections.
|What chalks do I buy? Any chalk/soft pastels as sticks, or palette form will work.
The main difference between these is that the palettes are not as dense, they are
air fluffed and often have tiny little bubbles of space in them so the chalk cakes
are ready to have the color wiped up with your applicator. Since colors are easily
mixed on your applicator, and the shades are so pastel on a domino, there is no
real need to have more than basic colors.
If you buy chalks in stick form, you get more for a lower cost, but they are
compressed and need to be scratched to loosen up the powder. This is a really
simple and quick matter of just keeping a needle/sharp tool nearby to scratch at
the stick every once in a while when you are picking up powder on your applicator.
|Shading and blending tips:
Your marker coloring will only stay wet for about a minute or less. Immediately after coloring you can use your finger to dab, blend,
or lift and lighten color you just put down before it dries. This is helpful when your marker coloring came out streaky or left a small
dot of concentrated color. You can also use a lighter color marker to lighten or remove color.
To achieve monotone shading (the above pinkish-red rose) color your selected area with one color and allow to dry. Then go over
the areas you wish to be slightly darker with the same marker. Alternately (as shown below) you can achieve shading by using
two markers - a lighter and darker color.
|Step 3: Sealing:
I use Krylon's Gloss "UV-Resistant
Clear Acrylic Coating" in a spray
can for this coloring method. Water
based markers and inks are VERY
sensitive to most sealers. This one
disturbs the coloring the least, and
is very good when applied in
about 3 or 4 lightly sprayed coats
from 3-6 feet away (standing
above your project).
(See more sealing options further
down this page.)
|Alcohol Based Markers:
I use Sharpies and Copic brands. Copics are higher quality with better brush tips and come in hundreds of colors, but are expensive (typically $4 to $6 per marker,
but last forever and are refillable.) Vs. Sharpies that have harder tips, get thrown away, and are available in less colors, but only cost about $1 per marker.
|StazOn is needed for all projects on this page.
|The domino magnets above use Marvy LePlume II markers, Tombow 's "912 - Light Cherry" for the skin
tone, Tree-125 and Tile-120 stamps, sealed with clear gloss coating by Krylon.
|You can use these to create background
color, or to color in your image. Be aware
that you must color within the lines of your
stamped image or you will smudge the
StazOn stamped ink.
One way around this is to stamp, then seal
your domino, then color, then seal again.
Unfortunately, depending on your sealer,
this makes the coloring surface less
absorbent and sometimes bumpy.
|*NOTE: Alcohol based markers are my least favorite domino coloring method. You have to be extremely careful to color between the lines or your markers will erase
your stamped image. All alcohol based markers will ruin stamped images using ANY kind of stamping ink. You might be able to really gently touch the stamped line, but
go over it enough and poof it erases. It is time consuming to be this careful. I think these markers are better suited for paper coloring.
|Adirondack Alcohol Inks:
These are SO FUN! I love them so much that I am working on an entire page all about alcohol inks with color charts, combinations, tutorials and idea gallery!!!
|Sharpie marker background coloring with Stazon stamped mushrooms.
Use a lighter color marker, colorless blender, or rubbing alcohol to erase,
lighten and even blend the edges of your coloring. You can use these markers
to trace an outline around the edges of the domino or to completely color the
sides for a more finished look.
|Other coloring techniques, paints and things to try:
|IMPORTANT NOTE: Stamping on alcohol inks takes practice and a steady hand. I recommend practicing stamping on a plain domino surface first to
make sure you're a stamping pro at getting clear, not smeared or overly wet blob images. The problem is that Stazon is solvent based, very similar to
alcohol inks, so they will ERASE EACH OTHER if smeared. You have to make sure that your Stazon inked stamp is not overly wet, causing it to slide
around on the alcohol inked domino when you press them together. Because the alcohol ink interacts with Stazon, your stamped lines may be
semi-transparent - allowing you to see the alcohol ink splotches under your Stazon ink especially in thick lined (bold) artwork.
|To see more domino art and other example work created with my rubber stamps, check out the color project pages by clicking any black and white sheet preview
on the rubber stamps page.
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|OTHER options for spray Sealers, troubleshooting tips and alternative brush on sealer information:
I have had good luck with Krylon's Gloss "UV-Resistant Clear Acrylic Coating" available at most art supply stores, and have also used
Varathane "Polyurethane - Interior Water Based" spray (with the same results) which can be found online or in the paints and wood
sealer section of your local Home Depot or Lowes hardware stores.
HOW TO SPRAY SEAL:
You would lay out all your domino pieces on a cookie tray, or something like a flattened cardboard box, and take them outside or into your
garage and set them on the floor to mist them lightly with the spray. Do this from 3 to 6 feet way (standing above them, while allowing a fine
mist to fall downward onto them.) Wait about an hour, or as long as the directions on the bottle say, before returning and giving it another spray
coat. You may do this 3 to 6 times until you are happy with the thickness of the sealant. When applied in several light mistings from different
spray angles from above, you will seal all sides and top surface of your domino.
Troubleshooting: If you have any ink bleeding problems first make sure that you are not spraying your sealer too close (spraying hard) or too
much (getting it too wet) at once. I have had good luck with applying Krylon in light mists from at least a few feet away, then returning after
it's dry to apply another misting. Over wetting the first coat is the number one problem I've seen.
Note I have not tried this, but customer's have suggested that: Only IF you continue to have problems with the above techniques, Kamar
Varnish works well on alcohol inks, but I have yet to test it with markers/chalk/other coloring methods. I've also been emailed that you may also
want to pre-mist (and I mean MIST from 3-6 ft away very lightly) your domino with something like Kylon's workable fixative, or use one of the
brush on sealers below before adding a final spray coat. This completely depends on what is compatible with your type of coloring method.
Most brush-on sealers will smear water based markers, but brush-on sealers tend to work really well for chalk coloring. Fixitive is
generally made for chalks, but work ok with some types of inks, you'll only know if you test it - one careful domino at a time to prevent any big
piles of mistakes!
IF you prefer to use a brush on sealer instead of sprays, check out the options below.
The following sealer example pics were taken at their "worst" angle, where I captured the light hitting the sealed surface to give you a better
idea of the texture:
|Add a couple drops of your favorite alcohol ink colors onto the felt applicator. Dab it onto your domino
repeatedly until you achieve the coverage and pattern desired. The more you pat, the more marbled the
pattern becomes. Allow to dry (about a minute) and then rubber stamp over it with a StazOn ink pad.
|Tip: Use the colorless blender in an empty marker
or on a q-tip to lighten and erase areas.
|After your stamped image has dried, tap your domino onto a "VersaMark" (or any
clear) ink pad. This creates a slightly sticky clear layer on the surface to hold the
chalk color. Use the chalk palette brushes (usually soft tipped eye shadow swabs
or Q-Tips) to gently pat color onto your domino. Don't rub it too much or you'll
remove the thin coat of versamark that is keeping the chalk in place. The harder you
press the lighter your colors will become. Blending will come naturally with practice.
Move onto the sealing step asap. Versamark will stay sticky forever, which will
attract dust to your art unless you seal it within the day.
|Alternately, a Perfect Medium ink pad and a chalk palette work the same way:
|Paper Backgrounds: Tissue paper can be stamped and colored with colored pencils (or other materials you'd like to use that can't
be used on a slick domino) and then attached to the domino surface using a clear drying glue (such as mod podge.)
|Various colored metal leafing sheets/flakes can be applied to your domino using the popular "Mona Lisa" brand glue pen or their paint-on adhesive that stays tacky when
dry. Since some of their products contain harsh chemicals, I work with a stamp-on glue pad instead. I found an ink pad adhesive called "Palette - Stamp & Stick Gluepad"
at my local Jo-Ann Crafts store. In addition to using the pad to directly cover your domino's surface, you can also use it on your rubber stamps for holding powders,
glitters, chalks, metallic pigments and metal leafing. Once you stamp the image you just quickly pass a heat gun over it to make it tacky. Explore your options, there are
many glue pads on the market, some do not require heat to activate. Spray or paint on adhesive that stays sticky after drying is optimal for adhering the metal foils in
Metal leaf sheet/flakes will stick to the adhesive. Then gently rub off the excess with your finger/small paintbrush/cloth for a metallic background to stamp over. If you're
worried about lifting the metal you can seal it or emboss it in place before stamping. For my examples I tapped versamark clear ink (any clear embossing ink) over the
metal, coated it in detail clear embossing powder and melted it. You will need to seal this thickly to prevent the metal leaf from chipping off your slick domino surface.
Double sided tacky tape cut to the shape of your domino can also be used in place of adhesives. I have found that tapes and the glue pens are not heat resistant
though (so don't emboss over those because it might bubble/peel off.) The Palette gluepad seems to hold up well under repeat heat. I haven't tried flocking/sticky
embossing powders yet, but those seem like a good option as well (if you can find them.)
Acrylic: Painted solid color, crackle and weathered wood effects can be placed on dominoes using multiple layers of acrylic paints. Your first one or two layers will
look uneven as you build up the base coat. It is optional to lightly sand your domino prior to painting to help the paint stick to the slick surface. I do not recommend
sanding or bleaching dominoes for other techniques since it leaves behind tiny scratch marks, but in this case your thick paint will cover it. Your surface should be
ready for stamping after 3 or 4 coats, allowing to fully dry between thin layers.
Acrylic Crackle Paints: There are at least two types of crackle acrylic paint by DecoArt (I used those roughly $1 a bottle paints along with apple barrel acrylics, but
you can also get different results from nicer paints such as Lumiere or Dr. Ph. Martins which are popular among stampers depending on your budget.) One type is
a "One Step Crackle" which is essentially a glossy top coat that has tiny internal cracks when it dries. In addition to creating an interesting effect, this can serve as a
sealer to your base coats and make the surface smooth for stamping/coloring with a different medium (such as chalk.)
The second type of crackle paint is "Weathered Wood / Crackling Medium" which cracks the layer of acrylic painted ON TOP of it. In order to use this type you put
your background base color down first, then apply the crackling medium, then another coat of paint in a different color than your background. The top layer
separates randomly exposing the background color. This type of paint will produce a different effect each time, depending on types of paint used and crackle
medium thickness. Practice and luck create a vintage paint feel.
Acrylic Glitter: There are many types of paint-on glitter, for a background layer I suggest finding a bottle of the clear drying kind with light glitter. This way you end up
with a pretty sparkle that doesn't dominate over your stamped image.
|NOTE: All chalk coloring will be very
light (think porcelain pastels.) If you are
looking for intense color I would try
alcohol inks or markers.
|Sealed with clear Krylon Spray.
|Combination of alcohol inks and chalk coloring method:.
|This is my personal favorite. I love the look of alcohol inks, and with chalk I can give the image some specifically
colored areas as well. Finished with Krylon clear gloss spray sealer and glued on pendant bail.
|Krylon's metallic spray paints are a great
way to give your dominoes a finished look.
|Create an accordion book by gluing a strip of decorated paper between two
dominoes. Optionally attach a ribbon to keep the book closed.
|Keep in mind that the color you are
using will appear lighter on a
domino than it does on paper.
Buy dark, vivid and bright colored
markers, as pastels will be VERY
light on a domino.
|<-- Experiment with different color
combinations. Here i outlined with pink
and filled in with yellow creating a yellow
to orange-ish pink flower.
|I color the outline with a dark color first, then fill in the area
with a lighter color to blend.
|Similar stamping surfaces / alternatives to domino game tiles:
Keep your eye out for any type of flat beads, tiles, screw washers and stuff from the hardware store, or other game pieces that could be used for rubber stamping.
Lexigo letter game tiles are also great for the same techniques used on dominoes. You can find these and other types of game tiles and other flat beads to rubber
stamp and decorate here.
|Using the Lexigo hexagonal tiles with your domino size rubber stamps will leave a little space on both sides of the tile blank (since these tiles are about 30mm
wide instead of the 25mm domino size.) One way to cover this up is to create a border around the image using a marker, or dabbing the StazOn ink pad along the
edges as I have done here. I then colored the tile with water based markers.
|Stickers can be applied
over alcohol inks, which is
beautiful over dark colors
but more suited for fridge
magnets/items that will
not be worn as they may
peel over time if handled
|Here I used a sponge dauber to apply
Teal Blue to my domino, then Blazing
Red around the edges.
|I used a rubber stamp
(from Wood-127 with Jet
Black Stazon ink.
|Using a Copic Ciao Colorless Blender marker you can
lighten the Stazon ink creating highlights. Use any color
marker to fill in these "erased" areas with a new color.
|* I only drill front to back, short
ways, or make a shallow hole for a
screw eye from the top. This is the
easiest way to do it by hand,
otherwise you would need a drill
press to provide straight up and
down drilling for longer holes.
|1) When attaching a screw eye to your domino, drill a hole slightly smaller than your screw (for my 10mm long screw eyes I used the 2nd smallest in the Dremel set.)
2) Place a tiny dot of glue (such as super glue or E-6000) to the end of your screw eye and gently screw it into the hole using your fingers. Do not force it. Make sure the
hole is straight, widen or deepen the drilled hole if it is too tight. The teeth of the screw should just barely dig into the domino.
3) Place your choice of jump ring, ball chain (or earring hooks when using mini dominoes) onto the screw eye's hole for hanging :)
Troubleshooting: For the most secure adhesion, I would gently screw in the screw eye, then unscrew it and blow out the plastic dust from inside the hole before adding
the glue. Typically this connection is very secure for normal wear and unless you purposefully counter-clockwise unscrew the screw eye it will remain in place. The screw
teeth can provide better breakage protection from tugging than glue-on bails that rely on the glue to stay in place. Remember that screw eyes are very thin metal, so if you
force it with too much pressure by turning the loop you may snap the top loop right off.
|Above: Miniature domino using a 6mm jump ring for the ball chain pendant, or a 4mm jump ring for pairing
with the earring hook (use two jump rings if you want your domino to face a different direction.)
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|Advanced techniques for experienced crafters:
|Variegated metal sheets and gold leaf flake technique:
|Using a heat gun and embossing powders:
|Here, Emma The Introverted Crafter, has created a domino pendant book using a black domino game tile. You could also try staining any regular white domino with
StazOn ink or spray paint for a colored surface.
First she applied versamark (any embossing ink) and sprinkled ultra thick embossing powder over the slick surface. Use a heat gun to melt the embossing powder.
While the surface is still hot, add another layer of embossing powder, heat until melted, and repeat that one more time to create a nice thick layer of liquid powder.
While it is still hot, press your rubber stamp onto the domino and allow a moment for the embossing powder to cool before lifting the rubber stamp off. This leaves a
3d effect where your stamp pushed into the hot surface. Apply your choice of acrylic paints, perfect pearls or other mica powders, beads and charms.
Heat gun and embossing powders available on the coloring and embellish page here.
|Another example of
this technique using
an owl rubber
stamp from the
|Many domino size stamps can be used on other game tiles and beads. Drilling and screw eye instructions at the bottom of this page.
|Some Walmart stores carry kamar varnish in the art supply section, otherwise available at amazon or dick blick art stores.
|Basics of rubber stamping on a domino or similar hard slick surface such as tile, glass etc.:
|If this is your first time doing this kind of project remember to take it one step at a time. Don't waste your domino
if you made a mistake - immediately rub your surface with rubbing alcohol and a paper towel to remove most of the
ink, allowing you to practice again. When you've perfected your stamping, remember to test one domino at a time
with new coloring methods or sealers to avoid ruining a big batch as you learn the ropes.