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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Spring Flowers - Masked Mixed Media Board

Grow Floral Mixed Media Board by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Hi! Dana here today sharing the Mixed Media Board I created for the Spring Flowers theme this week. I had a lot of fun with masks, Distress Ink, and a favorite quote for this piece.

Layering Masks and Ink on Chipboard by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

I started this project by priming a Mixed Media Board with DecoArt White Gesso. Once the Gesso was dry, I sponged the entire board with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink. Next, I applied various colors of Distress Ink over masks, applying heat after each color to set the ink.

I used the Leaves Masks Set of 2 to add green leaves to opposite corners of the board and flowers down the center. I dabbed Festive Berries Distress Ink over the flower mask and then traced around the edge of the mask with a black marker to accent the flower pattern.

I also used the Poppy Mask with orange and purple Distress Inks to add larger blooms to the top and bottom of the board.

Lastly, I used the Trees and Leaves 3 Part Mask with blue, purple, and pink Distress Ink to add the colorful small circles and ovals to the board.

Layered Distress Ink Spring Mixed Media Board by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

I added a quote with black marker to the bottom third of the board. I finished this piece with a seam binding ribbon bow.

You can find the chipboard I used for this project, as well as a lovely selection of masks and stencils, in the Tando Creative Retail Store. There are several different sizes of mixed media board available, including acrylic, which is my new favorite. We'd love to see your creativity! Share your work with us in Tando's Creative Zone on Facebook.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Anything Goes week by Nikki

Morning everyone,

Nikki here today.  I wanted to share a make with you for my 'anything goes' theme this week, that I made for a make and take recently for Tando Creative and the Ministry of Mixology retreat.


These are the Tando 'Cubbeys', and are great fun to assemble in any way you wish.  Each one makes up a box, either with a solid back or a cut out, that you can add acrylic or acetate or leave empty, and put lights behind if you wish. You can stack them however you want too, or put certain sizes together if you prefer.  And you can add more at any time.

I painted and stamped mine before assembling them, using DecoArt media cobalt teal hue mixed with tinting base to get a pale aqua colour.  Each box was then stamped in a slightly darker shade of the blue, as background stamping.

I kept to two tones of the blue, and pyrrole red for the stamping, and changed the stamps around in each box.  The acrylic shapes are stamped in carbon black, and then painted from behind in layers, starting with the one you want to see from the front first.


The skull box was stamped and his teeth painted white, then I added Stampendous Frantage embossing powder in Aged Scarlet for his nose, keeping to the red theme.

I left the centre of the main acrylic piece clear, so you could just see the writing in the heart, and it looks lovely with lights behind of an evening.


Thanks for stopping by for the 'Anything Goes' week.

Best Wishes,

Nikki K.

Products Used:
Tando Creative - Cubbeys, Acrylic pieces for Cubbeys, mini hearts, cogs small.
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Teal Hue, Pyrrole Red, Titanium White, Metallic Gold, Carbon Black.  Media Tinting Base.
Stampendous - Andy Skinner stamps - Skulldoggery, Toxic, Handle with Care, Steampunk, Curiosity.
Frantage embossing powder - Aged Scarlet
Nathalie Kalback Marks stamp.





Friday, 21 April 2017

Anything goes By Dee

Hi everyone, I have a piece for you using the lovely Andy skinner
Skuldoggery stamp set.
Firstly I painted the media board with the black Gesso.
This was followed by a thin layer of weather wood .
Next a layer of crackle paint with crackle paste put around the 
edges with a pallet knife.
Once dry It was painted with very watery washes of 
quinacridone gold and pains grey till I was happy 
with the results. This was sealed with ultra matt medium.
The skull was coloured in with watery washes of raw umber
Crackle paste was used on areas of the skull as well this was 
all sealed with matt medium.
Tripple embossing with the chunky gold embossing powder 
with Andy's toxic stamp this was then cut and attached 
to the top left hand side along with the
brads and chain.

Products used 


  1. Tando :- Mixed media board
  2. Stampendous products used :-  Andy Skinner Skuldoggery & Toxic rubber stamp sets, dream weaver palette knife, Gold chunky embossing powder moment. Mixed media white paper.
  3. Deco Art:- Media black gesso, crackle paste, weather wood, crackle paint, acrylic paint in the following colours Prussian blue hue, Quinacridone  Gold, Paynes gray, raw umber & ultra matt varnish.http://www.tando-creative.co.uk/catalog/-c-180_181_120_126.html
  4. Black card , Treasure Gold Spanish Topaz & copper coloured brads and chain.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Create canvas for Anything goes week


Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my Anything goes Tando week.
This time I made this big altered canvas with a lot of DecoArt products and a lot of Tando chipboards.
The stamps are from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps company and fit the mood of this word " Create" I picked as my canvas title.


I used a few Mixed Media techniques here such as  DecoArt Texture paste with  Tando different stencils, painting over the stencilled areas, stamping over canvas and stamping and die cutting images; stamping over tissue paper and gluing it with gel mediums; making paint splashes and using paints and mediums over different chipboards.
Here you can see the title covered with mix of paints and gloss mediums.Part of alphabet stencil is seen here too.







Grid chipboard was painted with DecoArt Media line acrylic and the flowers were covered with Crackle Glaze medium.





Tando products used:
Grid Round chipboard
Grid - Round

Create word
Word - Create

Flowers with stems - Grab bag
Flowers with stems grab bag

Mask Musical
Mask Musical 15cm x 15cm

Splatters mask
Splatters Mask

Have your say mask
A Skinner Stencil - HAVE YOUR SAY

Mask  Letters
Mask - Letters

DecoArt Media line

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Tags and mini houses….

Hi, Carol with you today… did you see the recent Hochanda show whereupon our great leader, Di, had two really successful shows and did so incredibly well, a real TV natural …... I was so excited to see some of my tags and my fairy door on the show and thought I'd share them with you today:-






Bases used were a mixture of the large tags, large and small mixed media boards and the fabulous whimsical houses….

and here is my fairy door:-


with added clay boots and flower pot!! lol xx


TFL xx

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Anything Goes - Cherry Blossom Arch


Hi friends! Dana here today sharing the arch I created for the Anything Goes theme this week. I have a gorgeous cherry blossom tree in my front yard. I wait all year for the couple of weeks that this tree is in bloom. The beautiful flowers are beginning to open up and I just can't stop looking out my window. The view from my front windows was my inspiration this week.


I started this project by gluing together 4 outer cuts from the Arabian-Style Layered Arch Frame. Then, I painted the frame with a layer of Gesso. Once the frame was dry I added color by brushing on Tattered Angels Espresso Bean Glimmer Glam Glitter Paint. I decided to only use the outer frames, no inner cuts (backing) for this project to create a cool see-through window effect.


I gathered some small branches from my yard, trimmed several of them to fit inside the frame, and then secured them with hot glue. I used Tattered Angels Leaf Plain Jane Baseboard Mist to color a segment of Grass Flexistrip. I dried the chipboard with a heat tool and then secured the ends of the grass strip to the bottom of the arch. This flexible chipboard is super fun to work with! Attaching only the ends of the strip created a narrow gap between the base of the frame and the grass border, which helps this arch to stand.


Next, I glued pink flowers and white leaves to the branches. Finally, I added a glass blue bird and a metal bird cage stick pin to complete the design. To finish, I lightly splattered the arch with white mist.

You can find the chipboard I used for this project in the Tando Creative Retail Store. There are several different styles of arches available. We'd love to see your creativity! Share your work with us in Tando's Creative Zone on Facebook.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Anything Goes Week

Hello!  I am kick-starting another 'Anything Goes' week.  These week are where we have free rein to add all those projects that don't fit into any other category :p  Today I have a 6x6 canvas for you...



I have used one of the delightful * curly trees* that come in a pack of two along with the  *hearts background mask* .   I spread *crackle paste* through areas of the mask onto the blank canvas.  When it was dry I added some *DecoArt paint (Cobalt Teal Hue, Primary Magenta & Hansa Yellow Light)* using a sponge.  The tree was coloured with the Primary Magenta and then coated with *crackle glaze*.  I added some teensy heart buttons from my stash.  The sentiments have been stamped onto tissue paper and attached with *matt medium*. 

Thank you for taking a look today, do keep popping back for more projects and ideas, Karen x