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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Snowy Window Mini Printers Tray Christmas Card

Snowy Window Mini Printer Tray Christmas Card by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Hi! Dana here today sharing the Mini Printers Tray Christmas card I created for the Modeling Paste theme this week. I had a lot of fun turning the tray portion of this design into a snowy window scene. I painted the chipboard tray piece red and backed the tray with some vintage images before gluing it into the card. I applied DecoArt Snow-Tex to the corners of the tray segments. Then, I added a coat of glitter glue to the tray frame for an extra frosty finish.

Snowy Window Mini Printer Tray Christmas Card Front by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

I decorated the inner left side of the card, and the front and back covers with patterned paper, washi tape, vintage seasonal die-cuts, and dimensional snow flakes that I covered with white glittered flock. I finished this card with a gold bell, so it sounds as festive as it looks.

You can find the products I used for this project in the Tando Creative Retail Store. We'd love to see your creativity! Share your work with us in Tando's Creative Zone on Facebook.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Mixed Media Arch door with Irit

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my new Tando altered door tag.
This week the design team member were asked to make a project with modelling paste and as you can see this door is totally made of modelling paste.

I used the MDF base with some texture stripes added using one of Tando  Stripes stencil and DecoArt texture paste.
Then the base was painted around.
The four  chipboard parts are the insides of the window covered with Gioanna- Doilie Tando stencil and texture made with texture paste.I used the middle part of the stencil only, the one with the small butterfly.
After it was dry the inside pieces were painted with more of DecoArt Media Line acrylics and metal pieces were added to make it a kind of the door.

 Tando products used to make this project:
Mask Stripes
Mask - Stripes

Gioanna- Doilie stencil
Giovanna - Doilie
Arch frame from the set- MDF base used
Shadow Frames

Arch window
DecoArt Media line

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Modelling Paste Week - by Nikki K

Morning all,

This week our task is to use Modelling Paste in our makes. 

I have taken a Tando Mixed Media board, as I love these for little hangers or technique boards, they are so easy to use and are brilliant for when you want to 'art' but can't tackle a big project.  They make nice gifts when done too, as they fit in an envelope nicely. 

First, Gesso the board all over, then take the 'All Seeing Eye' stamp, and stamp slightly above centre.  Give a wash of Cobalt teal hue and primary magenta over the eye.  When dry, use Liquid Glass to give a clear raised coating over the eye area.

Around the eye and over the rest of the board, spread a layer of crackle paint. When dry, give a wash of Cobalt Teal Hue. Highlight areas with Metallic wax in Copper.

Over the top of this, I layered a Tando Brick wall stencil, and used modelling paste through it.  This was given a wash of Red Iron Oxide, and then some Patina Antiquing Cream in places.

You could add holes to the top of the board and some wire to make a little hanging, or a centre hole to make a tag.  A cropodile works well on the board, no problems.

Hope you like it,

Have a good week,

Nikki K.

Products Used: 
Tando Creative Mixed Media Board
Tando Creative Mini Mask - Brick
DecoArt Media Line paints
DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream - Patina
DecoArt Media Crackle Paint
DecoArt Media Modelling Paste
Andy Skinner Stamp - Curiosity

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Anything Goes with Lisa

Hi folks! Lisa here and welcome to my blog post for Tando Creative. This week is an 'Anything Goes' week.

With it being nearly Christmas.... And you can never have enough Christmas Trees can you??? So....

Here is my creation...

I first painted all the pieces with white Gesso. Then mixed a bluey green colour using DecoArt Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Phthaol Green-Blue and Primary Cyan

When the first layer of paint was dry, I dry brushed the tree with DecoArt Primary Cyan Media Fluid Acrylic.

I then randomly stamped areas of the tree with blue ink and a spotty background stamp.

I took a selection of Tando Mini's including parcels and bows, ice skates, candles, brush stroke trees and snowflakes
I applied clear embossing ink on the front and back of each mini and heat embossed with Stampendous Shabby Green Embossing Enamel
I did the same with the star on top of the tree. 

When the enamel had cooled, I adhered the mini's to the tree. 

I then put all the pieces together to make the tree stand. To finish, I added some battery powered lights to the centre of the tree. 

Thanks for popping by. 
If you would like to pop over to my blog the link is here. Leave a comment if you wish as I love to hear your thoughts.
Toodles for now,
Lisa xxx

Everything I used is below and all are available on the Tando Website.

Brush Stroke Trees   Tando Mini's - Candles   Tando Mini's Bells and Holly   Tando Mini's Snowflakes   Tando Minis Ice Skates   Tando Mini's Parcels and Bows   Fluid Acrylics: Cobalt Turquoise   Fluid Acrylics: Phthaol Green-Blue   Fluid Acrylics: Primary Cyan         Image result for stampendous embossing enamel shabby green

Friday, 17 November 2017

Anything Goes - Shrine or Bird House??


A few weeks ago I was meant to be sharing my shrine with you all as part of the Same but Different week, unfortunately due to other events I didn't get my project finished and wasn't able to post in time, so I thought I would share it now as part of the Anything Goes week!

As soon as I received my shrine I thought it would make a perfect little bird house and wanted it to have a colourful feel.  Usually I stick my projects together then decorate, but as I wanted to have decoration both inside and out I decorated all the pieces first.
I used cobalt teal hue fluid acrylic with tinting base to create the main house colour and then stencilled through the numbers mini stencil with the darker shade.  To match in with the numbers I used a number stamp from Wow! with archival sepia ink and finally added some white gesso using bottle tops and an old gift card.

To decorate the roof I first applied structure paste through the criss cross mini stencil and then once dry added burnt umber acrylic and some patina gilding wax...

The house of course needed some birds to live in it so I put together 2 birds using the Whimsical Birds sets 1 and 2.  These were painted using cadmium red, pyrole orange and hansa yellow light then stamped with the number stamp to match the house.  I also wanted to tie in some of the white so used a white Pitt pen to add some extra details.  I decided to add some googly eyes instead of the ones in the set as I just love googly eyes!!...

I put most of the house together and attached the inside bird using large foam pads to make it stand away from the back, then put on the front and roof and then attached the other bird.
To add extra decoration I stamped some flowers from the Dylusions set 'How Does Your Garden Grow?' and the sentiment from Dina Wakely's 'Scribbly Birds' set.  These were all cut out and then coloured with distress inks before being attached...

This is why I love Tando Creative products so much, as they can become whatever you want them to be and take many different mediums so well!

The products I used can be found on the Tando Creative website by clicking on the links below...

* Shrine 1
* Whimsical Birds 1
* Whimsical Birds 2
* Mini Stencil - Numbers
* Mini Stencil - Criss Cross
* Decoart Fluid Acrylics
* Decoart Tinting Base

Thank you for reading and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Christmas door hanger: Anything goes week with Irit

Hello my dear crafty friends!
Welcome to my Anything goes weekly project here on Tando  blog.
I made the fancy, shabby style Christmas door hanger.

This Tando door hanger was covered with DecoArt Media line paints and mediums over the texture paste
 masked snowflakes images (mostly seen on the handle on the top).
Large grid chipboard piece was painted with gesso and some crackle paste and added as the middle layer .
Then the embellishment cluster was made from cardstock, flowers, clay frame and metal trinket.

 Tando products used:
Mini mask Snowflakes
Mini Mask - Snowflakes

Door hanger Style B
Door Hangers style B

Grid Moroccan
Mask - Grid Moroccan

DecoArt Media line 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Anything Goes Week - Nikki's Backwards Crackle Technique.

Hi everyone,

After a fab weekend at the Ministry of Mixology treat, I promised to share my 'Backwards Crackle' technique with you, and as it's anything goes week here at Tando it seemed a perfect time, so you can all see the process.

Step 1.
Peel back just ONE side of the plastic on your acrylic piece.  This protects the front from any paint spills, or scratching, but mostly stops you peeking until the end reveal!  (It's more fun that way).

Step 2.
Stamp your image in Carbon Black paint.  Put a small amount on your craft mat and spread thinly, then 'ink' up your stamp as you would with an inkpad, and stamp.

Step 3.
Colour your image all over but without going out of the lines.  I used Pyrrole red inside the heart.

Step 4.
Give another layer of colour inside the heart.  Because the Media Line paints are slightly transparent, you will still see your second colour coming through.  I put a layer of the new 'Extreme Sheen' metallic bronze here.

Step 5.
Water down a bit more of the bronze paint very slightly (or any colour you have chosen), and 'splatter' the whole of your piece.  I repeated this process 4 times, in different colours, drying between each colour so they don't turn to mud.

Step 6.
Paint a complete layer of Americana Crackle medium over the painting done so far.  This is a chalk crackle medium and only works with the chalk paints.  It also won't crackle what you have painted already, only what is put on top.  Wait until completely dry before the next step.

Step 7.
Take a chalk paint in a chosen colour, I used Timeless, and give a quick, even coat over the crackle.  Don't rub the paintbrush up and down, or it takes the crackle off, it needs to be a swift, even coat, not going back over places already done.  Wait while it crackles before your eyes.  Leave to dry.

Step 8.
For a final coat and to see through the crackle, choose a contrasting colour of paint.  For this layer it doesn't have to be a chalk paint, it can be any, but I used Treasure in the chalk paints.

Step 9.
When dry, peel back the front cover on your acrylic to reveal!

Step 10.
Working on the front of your piece now, take some embossing ink, I used Versafine Dazzle here, as you can see where you stamp it as it has a shimmer, and works really well on acrylic.  Emboss in a fine powder, I used a faded gold colour.

Add some wire and beads of your choice (mine are skulls of course).


Here are a couple more versions I was playing with :)  You can use any paints, as long as the chalk crackle has a chalk paint as it's next layer, the rest of the paints can be anything.

Hope you like it and have fun playing.

Best Wishes,

Nikki K. xx

Products Used:

Tando Creative Acrylic Media Boards (holes added by drilling)
DecoArt Media Line Acrylic paints: Pyrrole Red, Green Gold, Metallic Gold, Carbon Black.
DecoArt Chalk paints: Timeless, Treasure
DecoArt Americana Crackle Medium
Versafine Dazzle Embossing Ink

All of the above apart from embossing ink are available from