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Saturday, 21 October 2017

step-by-step with Lisa - Christmas box scene

Hello, Lisa here and welcome to a special blog post for Tando Creative. This post is a step-by-step to how I created the Tando Creative Christmas Scene Box kit.

Here is my final creation...


You can find my Step-by-step instructions *here*.. 

Some close-ups....

Everything I used is at the bottom of the blog post and is available from the Tando website.

Thank you so much for having a toot at my step-by-step creation. If you would like to pop over to my blog, the link is here... Leave a comment if you wish as I love to read your thoughts.
Toodles for now,
Lisa x 

Boxed Scene    Snowflake Mask    Fluid Acrylics: Cobalt Turquoise    Fluid Acrylics: Gold Metallic    Fluid Acrylics: Phthalo Green-Yellow    Media: White Gesso    Media: White Modelling Paste    Metallic Lustre: ORANGE FLICKER

Friday, 20 October 2017

Anything Goes - Vintage Autumn

Hi, it's Brenda here today joining in with the 'Anything Goes' week with an autumn make using one of the long tags as the base and bits from other packs to embellish it. I used DecoArt products that sell in the shop too as they are my favorite 'go-to' paints and mediums, particularly the media line.

I have layered several elements and used different techniques on them, starting with the tag where I have dipped and dried watery washes of colours and stamped in paint.

The media board with the hole was painted with paint and white crackle paint then given a wash of cobalt turquoise.

I decided to use texture sand paste on the gasket and grunged it up to give it a more timeworn and aged look.

The leaves have been painted and dipped and dried....

.... and I used all the reds and orange to paint the brick grid.

I love the vintage style and added a photo booth picture to bring that look to the whole piece.

You'll see from the product list all the Tando elements I used and if you click on any of them you will be transported to the shop to see their details. Can you see the one I ended up not using?

Thanks for popping by and if you'd like to see the process steps in further detail and with more photos please join me at Bumblebees and Butterflies.

hugs Brenda xxx

Mammoth Mechanical substrates kit

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Something Wonderful Mixed Media canvas

  Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my new Anything goes Tando post.
Today I am going to share the 8*8'' Mixed Media canvas made with background stencils and a lot of Tando chipboards that were stamped and heat embossed over them.
First I added the background texture with texture paste and stencils  and glued a few cardstock pieces with DCWV old cardstock collection. 
Then the whole piece was painted with DecoArt  Media Line acrylic paints.
It's almost impossible to stamp over this heavy textured canvas, so I stamped the flowers stamps over the white tissue paper and glued them on the bottom of the canvas with DecoArt gel medium.

Now I decided to stamp over small flowers and butterflies bare chipboards and I just used the large stamps and stamped on the chipboards " as is". I used black pigmented ink (Memento Luxe) and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
Then I colored the heat embossed chipboards with more acrylic paint and you can see that the butterflies are pretty much similar to the large ones on the bottom even with this partial stamping due the chipboard shapes size.

 The sentiment is the most gorgeous Rubber Dance one and I hand cut it to the strips to make the " canvas look" for the sentiment.

 Then two large and full size butterflies were stamped, colored and glued over the canvas.
 Tando products used to make this project:
3 panel wall art- Trees and Butterflies
3 Panel Wall Art - Trees, Butterflies and Flowers

 Mask Long Flourish
Mask - Long Flourish
Minis Butterflies
Tando Mini's - Butterflies

 DecoArt Media line products

I hope that you like my fancy colorful Mixed Media canvas and see you in a week with more Tando inspiration!

Wednesday, 18 October 2017


We at Tando HQ have thought it would be nice for you to have step-by-step instructions for a project using each of the KITS that we sell.  This will be build up into a lovely library for you to draw on.  The instructions will be linked to through  a page at the top where you will, in time, find a list.

So here is the .....THE VILLAGE IN A BOX KIT

This isn't as difficult a kit as it looks, all the pieces fit together nicely and there aren't too many of them. You can theme it in lots of different ways and colours! I have chosen to use brights so that it shows up better for the tutorial.
Enjoy, Karen x

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Anything goes - soon be Christmas!

Yes, although we are in the Halloween month I have done something Christmasy for you :D  I have decorated the Christmas Birdhouse in a bit of a grungy style.

Everything that you see is supplied in the kit apart from the paint and glitter. Such a shame you can't see that!!!!!

Thank you for looking today, take care, Karen xxx

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Same but different ~ by Gez

Hi! Good morning!

Gez here and I am delighted to be taking part in the same but different challenge this week as you will know if you've been popping by the blog this week the design team have been sharing their creations using the same [Shrine 1] Tando Creative kit.

The shrine comes flat packed but don't worry! Construction is easy giving a finished overall size of approx. 100mm x 70mm x 145mm tall. Laser cut from sturdy thick greyboard. A dream to work with and as the design team have shown there are just so, so many possibilities with this shrine. 

Here is a de-construction of the pieces decorated, drying and ready to be assembled.. 

 Finished shrine.. 

 ..side view.. don't forget to paint the under side of your pieces.. like me!

Thank you for calling and leaving a comment if you get the chance.

 Have a great autumn! Gez ♥

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Same but different - by Nikki

Morning all,

It's my turn on our 'Same but different' week to share a Tando Shrine with you that I have made. 

We were all given the same piece this week, the Tando Shrine.

Shrine 1

As it's October, and I do love Halloween, mine seemed to call for a little spookiness.

I first painted the shrine in white gesso, and then white crackle paint.  I picked some of the crackle back off on the outside to make it look older.  I painted several washes of colour over the shrine, starting with quinacridone gold, then prussian blue hue, quinacridone burnt orange, diaoxazine purple, then dry brushed with silver.  There may even be another colour or two I missed in there! 

The inside walls of the shrine had a similar treatment, but I stencilled clocks on the rear wall, and went darker with paynes grey and silver inside.

The bracken on the floor is actually seaweed I collected on holiday, and the pumpkin was a little pop up toy from the supermarket.  He had a wash with quinacridone gold too!

The sticker 'established 1876' and witches are from the Tim Holtz range, I thought it made it look like an old building, and the witches are fun.  See where the paint is peeled on the building?

I love these shrines, you can have so much fun and the variations from our team show how versatile they are!

I had fun doing this, hope you are inspired to have a go at the shrine yourself after seeing so many different versions this week.

Happy Crafting,


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Same But Different - Bound Heart Shrine

It's "Same but Different" week here on the Tando Creative blog. It is a brilliant way to get a wide varity of ideas when the base project is essentially the same!

My interpretation on the shrine features my favoured colours and techniques. I have detailed the processes below.

Begin by laying out your shrine pieces, I find it is often useful to put the piece togther just to get a sense of size and style. Take the shrine apart, and paint both sides in a base layer of Medium Grey.

Using washes of Paynes Grey and Quinacridone Gold, build layers of paint to create depth. Once the washes are dry, stamp your chosen design. For my shrine I have used stamps from Andy Skinners "Handle with Care" and "Toxic" sets. Seal the pieces using Decoupage Matte Glue.

Paint a thin layer of Crackle Glaze over each piece and allow to dry fully. The thin layer of glaze will produce a fine crackle. Coat the pieces in Carbon Black Antiquing Cream. Use a soft brush to ensure the cream gets in to all of the crackles. Buff away the excess, leaving cream only in the crackles. Seal with Matte Medium.

Repeat the same process for the back wall of the shrine, for added detail I have included a paper printable with an anatomical heart. Edge the piece with Carbon Black.

For the centre piece to the shrine, layer 3D Dimensional Effects paste on to a heart base. Be sure to include lots of texture! Once dry, paint in tonal red colours and dry brush in gold to highlight the texture. I have included rusty cogs too for added effect.

Now it's time to assemble the shrine. Fix the back piece to the base using Decoupage Matte Glue. 

Edge all the sides in gold to give definition and ensure all joins and tabs are also painted in keeping with the rest of the shrine.

Set the heart on foam pads to raise it from the back wall. Using holes punched either side, wrap rusty wire around the heart to finish.

Products used;