Saturday, December 27, 2008

Domino Serving Tray

This is a beautiful tray, makes a great gift item. You can also put a hanger on it, and hang it on the wall. The tray you get at Walmart is not real large, so nice size for the wall. Depending on your tray, you may need to cut one of your dominos in half to make it all work perfectly. I had my hubby cut it with the bandsaw, but he said you could use a handsaw or stroll saw as well. Also if your particular tray has a small gap along the edge, you could run a small piece of dowel along each edge of the tray to eliminate the gap. Mine had a tiny gap, too small for a dowel, so I just centered all my dominoes and left the tiny gap. Most all rubberstamps in project shown are from Club Scrap.

Supply List:
Unfinished serving tray
Dominoes, Jumbo size (1.5 in x 2 in)
Crafter’s Pick glue or other permanent glue
Black spray paint
Cotton Balls
Various Rubberstamps
Stazon ink (or you can use Brilliance inks)


1. Spray paint wooden tray. I recommend painting several light coats, letting each coat dry before apply additional coats, until tray is solid black on all edges, front, and back.
2. Use Stazon ink and ink all four edges of the dominoes. I just took the domino and slide it right over the ink pad to ink up the edges. Set aside to dry for a few hours or overnight.
3. Place dominoes into tray however you find attractive to the eye, I usually do two horizontal and then two vertical across the whole tray. If I have a large stamp, then I would use three dominoes in a row and then a single in another spot with a small rubber stamp.
4. Chose your rubberstamps and pull out which ever set of dominoes you prefer to use. If you use mounted rubberstamps you can stamp directly onto the set of dominoes. With unmounted rubberstamps, I find flipping the rubberstamp upside down and pressing the dominoes onto the stamp gives you a better image. When using the Stazon ink, clean your stamps immediately after using them. Stazon makes a special ink remover as well. Once image is on dominoes, place back into tray, being careful not to touch image (otherwise you might smear it). Let all images dry for a few hours or overnight before proceeding.
5. Now that the images are dry, take a cotton ball and dab into the Stazon ink and dab the edges of the front of each domino around the image. This gives the dominoes a more muted edge versus the sharp edge from step 2’s inking edge. Let this dry for a few hours.
6. Now at this point, if you want to seal your dominoes with a spray sealer, go ahead and do that. Let dry.
7. You will want to work fairly quickly on this step, so that the glue doesn’t dry completely before you get all your dominoes into place and properly centered. So once all the ink is dry, then remove a few of the dominoes at a time and apply glue to the tray and set your dominoes into the glue. By doing just a few at a time you won’t mess up your pattern and layout. Use a glue that dry clears, just in case any glue creeps up through the cracks. Let this dry.
8. Now I did not seal this myself, if the tray is to be used as a tray, you may want to apply a sealer of some sort, I am guessing a brush on sealer would be best.

Good luck and have fun!
Debbie Weller
a.k.a. DebDuzScrappin

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