|Have some domino size rubber stamps, but want to use them for projects other than domino jewelry?
Here are some ideas for using standard domino (1" x 2") rubber stamps for a variety of projects:
|Check out these paper dolls by Karen, to see what she currently may have available visit her ebay store here. She uses a variety of rubber
stamps and scrapbooking paper for her dolls in addition to my stamps (these faces are from sheet #Sprt-007)
|Bottle caps available on the jewelry making supplies page.
|Bottle cap magnets using rubber stamp art:
|Step 1 - Using a rubber stamp at least 1" wide, stamp onto
cardstock using waterproof ink such as Versafine or
StazOn. Take a 1" circle paper punch, punch out the focal
point of the artwork.
|Step 2 - Color the artwork with waterproof media such as
color pencils, Sharpie / Copic markers or ink pads.
|Step 3 - Glue the cardstock circle into the base of your
bottlecap using a glue rated for metal to paper adhesion. I
used The Crafter's Pick - "The Ultimate!" glue.
Add any desired tiny beads or glitter (if using glitter glue, let
|Step 4 - Then apply Glossy Accents by making a circle
around the edges first, then filling in the center to fully cover
the art. Due to the way Glossy Accents shrinks when drying,
you may experience cracking in the finish if you apply it in a
Glossy Accents and other clear drying glues can be problematic as they shrink while drying. I have ended up with bottlecaps that have a
cracked finish. If you want durable, jewelry quality items, and you don't mind working with resin or other two-part epoxy media - I would
recommend using something more durable and less prone to shrinkage. (My favorites are "Ice Resin" and "Magic-Glos" UV resin.)
|<-- Acrylic paint: I used Lumiere
metallic acrylic paint to cover the
wood surface. I then rubber
stamped my image using Stazon
Apply your choice of sealer, here I
have used Glossy Accents (for
fridge magnets) but you could use
a clear acrylic spray coat, resin or
epoxy sealer for jewelry items.
|Imagination is the limit on 3d projects. Here I've used "Stampbord" (a clay coated sturdy board product by Ampersand that comes in 1" x 2"
pieces) to make a little paperweight flower pot for my desk.
|For any clear acrylic shapes, glass or plastic
These surfaces are easiest to stamp on when they
have a sanded finish. Stamping on clear (not
frosted/sanded) glass or plastic requires a steady
hand and provides semi-transparent results.
Applying light colored acrylic paints or glitter glues
behind your rubber stamped image helps the
rubber stamping stand out.
|Checkerboard example art created using two stamps from Fore-M06. Used 64 (8 rows of 8) approx 1"square Stampbord pieces, inked
and stamped with Colorbox chalk ink pads, wood circle shapes, glued on to cardboard.
|Wood pieces are available in a large variety of
shapes and sizes. I found these at my local
Michaels craft store.
|Wood can be colored with almost any sort of paint or
ink, but I find Chalk ink pads, Copic Markers and
Stazon ink the easiest to work with.
|I start by coloring the wood shape, here I colored the entire shape with a yellow marker followed with a few swipes of
color directly from VersaMagic chalk ink pads. Allow to dry for a few minutes, or gently pat with a paper towel and
move on to rubber stamping with a StazOn ink pad.
I also made a night time snow scene with this stamp by changing the colors and applying white snow splatter (apply
white acrylic paint on a toothbrush, spraying the paint by bending the bristles.)
Glue a magnet on the back and give it a coat of sealer and you've got a quick and easy handmade gift. I use e-6000
glue for the magnet, and a simple wipe-on sealer such as mod podge.
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|In addition to using domino pieces for pendants, you can also use them for magnets and
key chains. There are also a wide variety of similar game tiles on the market in different
shapes and sizes that can be used in a similar way. Wood and plastic beads with flat
surfaces can also be decorated with your rubber stamps.
Check out the game tiles, wood and plastic beads section for a variety of surfaces to
|Quick and easy imitation dichroic glass pendants
using glass inserts for pendant trays or any transparent beads, rubber stamping, glitter glue and paint.
|Additional ideas to try for faux dichroic:
Gold or other metal foil sheets could also be glued to your glass to achieve the
metallic effect. You could glue the foil directly to the glass as is, or first to cardstock,
then add unique color effects to the foil using alcohol inks before gluing to your
rubber stamped glass.
Metallic stickers, decals, stencils used with paint.
The same techniques could be used on your own custom shapes cut from film
transparency/clear plastic packaging such as food containers. These could be
used for craft embellishments or seal in resin for durable jewelry.
|Since traditional dichroic glass involves heating glass to
fuse it with reflective metallic particles, it is not something
you can make easily at home with no special equipment.
I've always liked the look of these glass pieces and here's
my super simple DIY way to mimic it!
|Simple step by step:
|Optionally using additional colors and/or acrylic paint backgrounds:
|How much ink you apply to your stamp greatly
effects the final image. Too much ink can make it
hard to get a detailed impression, causing uneven
ink splotches or sliding your stamp to make
blurred images. This is more or less easy to
control depending on how wet your ink pad is,
since mine are pretty used its very easy to get just
While practicing, if you make any mistakes just
wipe the glass off with a paper towel soaked
with rubbing alcohol immediately after stamping.
You don't have to worry about wasting a piece of
glass from a mistake.
|As you press the glass down
onto your stamp, watch how
the ink transfers onto the
glass allowing you to see any
areas that may need more
pressure. If your stamp wasn't
overly inked, it will be sticky and
you can just peel the stamp off
the glass. If your stamp is too
wet with ink, you'll have to be
careful not to slide the glass
around when pressing down.
|After coloring with glitter glue, you may want to cover the back with acrylic paint to cover any gaps and also to intensify color.
|To create an Aurora Borealis night scene, I used metallic acrylic paints (Lumiere brand is my
favorite) allowing streaks of metallic green to dry on the glass before adding the blue, pearl and
purple colors over it. This paint reflects light very beautifully.
|Coloring wood shapes is quick and easy using chalk ink pads and markers. Learn more about different types of ink on the coloring tutorial page.
|Many companies such as Ranger Ink/Tim Holtz, Mod Podge and others carry thin acrylic shapes that can be decorated with rubber stamps, or use glossy accents glue to
apply paper artwork to the back. Here are some techniques for any clear acrylic shapes or plastic beads you may find:
(Please note that many examples shown below are shapes from the "kystalkraft" line which is now discontinued by a no longer existing company that was called Sunday
International. I carry some similar acrylic shapes.)
|Step 1) Stamp your image
using a dark color StazOn
ink pad. I lay my inked
rubber stamp face up on a
table and press my acrylic
down onto it.
|Step 2) Color:
Glitter (either coat the surface with a clear
drying glue and dump loose glitter on it, or use
glitter glue like Stickles brand),
Air-dry enamel or other paints rated for use on
plastic or glass,
Paint pens or permanent markers,
Decoupage with scrapbooking paper or magazine
cut outs using clear drying glue (like Glossy
Accents) and patterned papers,
Stickers / rub-ons
etc. Experiment ;)
|Step 3) Sealing: Depending on which coloring method you picked, sealing may or may not be needed. Alcohol inks and permanent markers are pretty durable on their
own. Stickles glitter glue stays in place pretty well, but has a grainy texture so you may want to coat it with a brush on glaze of your choice. I have discussed a variety of
sealers (with pictures of each finish) on my domino pendant instruction page here. Sealer types that I've experimented with will also be noted with the example art photos
As a personal choice I no longer use spray paints or spray can sealers. However, if you're looking for a really smooth finish and prefer to use a spray I recommend
"Polycrylic" spray by Minwax which is usually in the wood / floor sealing area of Michaels or Home Depot.
Alternately, for almost all methods, you can also use clear drying glue to place a paper or felt backing onto your piece. Magnets or pin backs can be attached to the paper /
Optional finishing touches:
There is also the matter of transparency. If you find you dislike the amount of light shining through your pieces, I suggest adding a layer or two of acrylic paint or spray paint
before sealing. If you are wearing your piece as a pendant, bracelet or attaching it to a project where it will not have light shining through the backside, this is probably not
necessary. There may also be times where you want light to shine through your piece, such as when you're using alcohol inks or glass paints. It gives it a nice stained
glass appearance that changes in all lighting conditions.
|I wanted to color in any spaces between the
glitter, so I painted over it with PermEnamel paint.
Once dry I applied a clear brush-on sealer to
protect the paint.
|(The swirl pattern stamp is from sheet #Impr-004)
|<-- Day of the Dead
guitar thick acrylic
image from sheet
|Once my acrylic piece was stamped I then brushed on a layer of the PermEnamel paint. And there it was... LOVE! If you've ever used craft paints you've probably been
frustrated by the transparency of some. You know the kind where you have to brush on 3 or 4 layers just to make it opaque and cover your background? Well this paint
is far far better! It's very opaque. With one coat I got solid color coverage that will be satisfactory for most people. With two coats it's so good you won't even be able to
see through it with back lighting. It dries to the touch quickly (less than a half hour.)
If you have more time to dedicate to your project this paint also looks great when you fill in each area of the design with a different color (instead of the one color coat
PS. Always use a clean and soft paint brush to apply acrylics. If you have a dirty brush and it has hardened in some spots it will dig into your paint layers giving you
uneven (thin looking) coverage no matter how nice your paint is. You just want your brush to gently glide your paint over the surface.
As with any paint being used on a non-porous surface, care should be taken not to chip the paint or have it come in contact with rough/sharp surfaces. Sealing with a
thicker brush on sealer will help protect your paint layer.
Also, just in case anyone gets confused about the "surface conditioner" that comes with these paint kits - It's just alcohol (regular rubbing alcohol, isopropyl) and it is
fine to use with KrystalKraft pieces. (All of these paints have some alcohol in it, that's also why you'll see a drug/chemical warning label on it.)
|My experiment with Delta PermEnamel air-dry paint:
Is it possible to fall in love with paint? I spent a long time browsing craft stores
looking for the perfect enamel paint (rated for use on slick surfaces like glass, tile
or plastic.) I was disappointed that so many needed to be baked (probably not a
good idea, I think the KrystalKraft acrylic piece may melt if exposed to prolonged
heat.) While all paint finishes are somewhat fragile, regular crafting acrylics are
more easily scratched or chipped off non-porous surfaces, so it's worth it to look for
a better paint.
Finally in the glass painting section at Michaels craft stores I noticed PermEnamel
by Delta. I was sure I was going to be disappointed, it was cheap and looked like
most other paint as far as I could tell. I bought one of those value pack kits with a
tiny plastic string of jars with an assortment of colors. (It was about $4.99 for the
assortment pack, but you can also buy larger bottles of the paints if you have a
specific color in mind for about $3.00. The small assortment containers contain
plenty of paint for many many projects, so I think that's the best deal to start with.)
|A note about using Adirondack Alcohol Inks by Tim Holtz / Ranger Ink.:
I do not recommend using alcohol inks with rubber stamping. Since all stamp inks (Stazon and VersaFine included) have blurred or lightened images when reacting with
these alcohol inks. I tried both stamping before and after the application of alcohol inks with different but ultimately disappointing results.
However, you can still get some beautiful effects by using alcohol inks on acrylic shapes without stamping. Or by first stamping onto paper, and then using clear drying
glue to attach the image to an acrylic piece that has been colored with alcohol inks. Some examples of alcohol inks on acrylic beads can be found in the beads section.
Other tips & tricks:
Remember that word stamps will appear backwards if you stamp on the back side and view the art through the other shiny side. You could add a personalized written
message or design on the front side using permanent markers or StazOn ink pads for an image that appears to "float" above your decorated backside. Rub-on stickers
also look nice on clear acrylic. Since the front is very slippery it may take practice not to smear your ink by wiggling while stamping on the slick surface.
If you're coloring with Stickles or other glitter glue and your first coat doesn't give you enough glitter density, just wait for it to dry and apply another coat. There will always be
some light that shines through, but this is not noticeable when you're wearing the art (not viewing from a backlit angle.) If you want to make it completely opaque you'll have
to add a paper backing or a paint layer/dark sealer.
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|Above I've tested out stamping my image with VersaFine ink onto patterned scrapbooking paper. I then coated the back (frosted) side of the acrylic pendant with Glossy
Accents (or use any clear drying glue) and press it onto your decorated paper. I accidently used way too much glue in this picture, so I wiped off the excess with a damp
paper towel. When you press the glue covered acrylic onto your paper be sure to give it a little circular motion spin to make sure all areas of the image are coated.
Depending on how much glue you used it should be dry within a couple minutes. Use a craft knife or small scissors to cut the paper around the edges of the shape. Use
a craft knife to cut away the paper blocking the hole. Be careful if your glue is still wet your paper may be damp and prone to tear until dry. You can also use a Cropadile or
1/8" hole punch (only the extra thick acrylic 1/4" pieces are too big to fit in the Copadile tool if you use that to punch the hole.)
Also, since the hole is 1/8" the most common size of eyelets fit nicely. You can add a pretty finishing touch by placing a metal eyelet into the hole using glue (any glue rated
for bonding plastic and metal, you won't be able to flatten it to secure it.)
|Guitar picks have a perfectly flat surface great for rubber stamping or alcohol inks. You can find them in a variety of colors and thickness at local music stores, or get
plain white and pearl ones with no brand names/text on the tiles and beads to decorate page.
|Optionally you can add holes to your
guitar picks using a heavy duty hole
punch (a common size to look for is a
1/16" circle punch) or dremel/hand
drill. Since guitar picks are under
1mm thick, it is very easy to place
holes. If you prefer to get them with
holes already placed, they are
|I decided not to color this pine tree stamp image
since I liked the pearl background as it was.
I spray sealed the image using Krylon's clear
acrylic UV protection gloss in a spray can. Do
your first coat as a gently applied mist from
several feet away to prevent any ink distortion,
especially if coloring. If you experience any ink
running, you should consider using "Kamar
Varnish" spray as a barrier from your sealer.
I then coordinated it with some of my favorite
nature beads and jewelry making supplies. I
used an antique silver rolo chain, separated the
links using needle nose pliers, to attach the tree
branch connector beads.
|I spray sealed the image using Krylon's clear acrylic UV
protection gloss in a spray can. Do your first coat as a
gently applied mist from several feet away to prevent any
ink distortion. I then coordinated it will some of my favorite
nature beads and jewelry making supplies.
|The beads to decorate section also has smaller, miniature domino size beads, such as the ones shown below using Mntr-M10 rubber stamp set:
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