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Domino concertina book

On Cardmaking Paradise we had a domino concertina book swap. My dominoes were quite small so making the ‘pages’ were a bit of a fiddle and I didn’t have enough small stamps but no matter I was able to come up with something!

Domino in box

Domino in box

For both dominoes used in the first ‘book’ I used Purple Twilight alcohol ink dabbed over until I had the depth of colour I wanted, with Stazon black ink a script stamp was stamped on then a light gilding of gold ink and the whole surface covered with Glossy Accents; the sides were edged with a gold calligraphy pen.



The white card, after being cut to size and folded, had Versamagic Pink Petunia and Perfect Plumeria (who thinks up these names??) chalk inks brushed on and edges gone over with cut ‘n’ dry and the darker colour before finally stamping with several small and mainly unknown stamps that have been lurking in my stash for a while! The topiary type tree was a free stamp with Craft Stamper magazine and I think (?) the flower stamps were part of a Jane Nestorenko set. The flowers were coloured in with cheapo coloured pencils.

reverse of pages

reverse of pages

The reverse of the pages were inked with the same colours as the front and stamped with various colours of Versamagic and Brilliance inks. The top of the box for the concertina book was inked with Pink Petunia and stamped with the same script stamp inked with Perfect Plumeria as used on the dominoes.

Box top

Box top

So after this one was completed I wasn’t 100% satisfied so decided to make a second domino book but this time I used chipboard ‘dominoes’, these were bigger than the proper dominoes and I wanted to have a go at a technique that Joanne Allison has demonstrated to great effect in her jewellery making and also Rach0113 uses in some of her fantastic makes on Youtube. I don’t have any black Ultra thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) only clear so I painted the chipboard pieces with black acrylic paint and left to dry, covered the front of each piece with Versamark embossing ink and sprinkled UTEE over the top, heated until melted and added more UTEE whilst the first coat was still hot. I added three coats of UTEE in all by which stage the embossing is smooth and clear as glass.  Whilst the UTEE was still warm I sprinkled various colours of mica powders on top and then reheated to allow the mica to melt into the UTEE and while the top was still hot I pressed a rubber stamp into the molten UTEE.

chipboard domino cover

chipboard domino cover

You can just see all the lovely colours from the mica powders. I love this technique but watch your fingers as molten embossing powders stick like hot jam and burn – ouch! The stamp doesn’t suffer any ill effects from this method.

As these domino pieces were quite a bit bigger there were no fiddly pages to cut! These were 2 x 4 cms so much easier.

front 'pages'

front ‘pages’

Lots of flourish stamps and various Versamagic and Brilliance inks.

close up of central dragon flourish

close up of central dragon flourish

In the background is also a script stamp. The pages were inked with Distress Inks Vintage Photo.

back pages

back pages

Clocks and cogs used on the back. So having completed both which one to send for the swap? I couldn’t decide and sent both in!! A lucky person got two domino books in their swap.

Thank you for looking and may the sun shine where you are 🙂




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8 thoughts on “Domino concertina book

  1. Wow, Lynn! Fabulous projects! I really love the technique you used on the chipboard domino cover…it’s gorgeous!
    I’ve had this on my “to do” list for a long time now! You have inspired me to try to get to it sooner rather than later!
    Great to see what you’ve been up to! Hope you’re doing well! 🙂

  2. Oh Lynn they are both beautiful! I only sent one… How did you get the ink to stick? I heat embossed mine, they looked like a chocolate bar when I was first done, LOL

  3. Beautiful swaps Lynn. I saw the second one in real life at the Craft Barn and loved the cover. So disappointed that I couldn’t join in this time around.

  4. Beautiful book Lynn, so tiny and cute. I was sorry to have missed this swap, just not enough hours in the day at the minute .xx

  5. Both of these are rich in detail. Your swap partner, surely, will be delighted by your work.

    Your UTEE piece is ripe for fingertip running over the bumps and whorls. I especially like the blues you used on the back of the second piece.

    Both are splendid and worthy of lots of oooooh’s and aaaaaah’s!

    Love you – Leslie

  6. I was lucky enough to see both in real life, and they were just gorgeous! The colours of the UTEE you stamped into were devine. 🙂 x

  7. Scrapmate on said:

    I adore the UTEE technique – the colours & textures are just fab. Your swap partner will really have lucked out.

  8. Oooh both books are lovely Lynn, the Utee finish is gorgeous, so deep.
    Sheelagh x

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