Tuesday, 20 August 2019

France Papillon Week- Fiona Randall

Morning all it's France Papillon week on the Tando Blog so here is my contribution.

For my project I decided to use one of Tando's large Media Boards to decorate. I got out the Gelli Plate and created my background paper with Distress Oxides and applied to the media board and the small tag. I then cut a piece of Tando Grey Board to the size I required and applied DecoArt Media Modelling paste through France Papillon's Rock Formation Stencil. Once dry a coat of DecoArt Dazling Metallic Bronze paint was applied and then DecoArt Media Line Patina Antiquing applied and then wiped back. The same treatment was given to the small frame and washer Embellishments from France Papillon's Tags and Embellishment Kit. Next up was stamping with Sepia Archival ink and a script stamp from France Papillon's Illusionary Artists New York Stamp Set onto the large media board, the small tag and the large washer. Two Moths were then stamped with Sepia Archival Ink onto scraps of leftover paper from the gelli print with France Papillon's Illusionary Artists Creepers and Crawlers Stamp Set. The tiny Hearts from the Tags and Embellishment set were inked in sepia and glossy accents applied. Once dry all elements were assembled and applied to the Large media Board using offcuts of Grey Board to add depth and dimension to the piece. Finally a word quote sticker was applied to a piece of inked cardstock and glued in place on the large washer to finish.
Close up of Detail.
I hope you have enjoyed the process of how this all came together. Keep a look out for more Inspiration from the Team this week.
Fiona x
Products Used.
Large Media Boards.
Grey Board Sheets.
France Papillon Stencil- Rock Formation
France Papillon- Tags and Embellishment Kit.
France Papillion Stamps
Creepers and Crawlers & New York.

DecoArt Media Line- White Modelling Paste & Patina Antiquing Cream.
DecoArt Dazzeling Metallics Acrylic- Bronze.
Other Products.
Ranger Archival Ink Pad- Sepia.
Ranger Distress Oxides- Vintage Photo & Weathered Wood.
Ranger Glossy Accents.
Gelli Arts- Gel Plate.


Monday, 19 August 2019


Hi people xxx

Did you catch Di's show a couple of weeks ago when she had those gorgeous ATC boxes?  Weren't they ingenious?  The lid folds right back and to close the front just tucks behind where I have put the book plate!  Plus they hold around 50 undecorated ATC's!!!!  Here is the one that I did.....

After daubing on paint with a sponge I added some *weathered wood* through a stencil.  When it was dry I added some white over the tops. 

To neaten the circles up which were a bit messy, I added dots with a brown Posca Pen.  At the front I added a *mini book plate* with the lettering inside.

I painted the insides plain.

Thank you for taking a looksee x

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Kate Crane Divided box kit

Hello, Carol with you today with my "anything goes" project.

I always paint my Tando pieces/projects, but, after seeing Di on Hochanda recently I decided to paint my cardstock and emboss, like she demo'd, and try that this time.

My project this time is the Kate Crane divided box kit (my second one the other is full to the seams)….

I also used elements from the Andy Skinner industrials kit to finish off my bookplates.

Here is my first box:-

TFL xx

Monday, 12 August 2019

Tando Mini Album by Dee

Hi everyone Dee here with a Mini Album that I did for Hochanda TV. 
I have had trouble uploading the pictures but found a way round it this 

Unusual colour pallet for me but loving it all the same. I used Carbon
 black Premium Acrylic paint, to cover the substrate. Bistre Naturel 
and pretty in pink Lyndy's stamp gang to colour
the stamped paper.

I used a clay heart coloured with infusions. 3 metal sequins along 
with a triple embossed strip. and some embossing around 
the edges of the card.

Tim Holtz Photobooth photo's and Stampers Anonymous classics set 14 & 15
completed the look.

Carbon black paint was used to cover the substrate. A lovely soft blush ribbon 
was treaded through and a small bow was used to tie the album together.

Concertina Mini Books

Friday, 9 August 2019

Art Journaling Week - 'Explore the Deep' by Jane


It is Art Journal week on the Tando Creative blog and in the last couple of years this is something I have really developed a love for!  So I was very pleased when Di produced some Tando elements that were extra thin especially for art journals...

My journal pages usually develop as I go along but I did want to use circles and when I saw two pages that I had already put some excess blue paint onto I had a feeling of where the spread was going to go!

I added teal spray ink and blue paint along with some white gesso to create my background colour.

Next I used modelling paste through the rings stencil and once this was dry added some archival ink around the edges of the page and swiped across the stencilling...

After that I added some background stamping using stamps from France Papillon and archival ink ('Rock n Rust', 'London New York' and 'Perfect Words').

To alter my Tando circles I added some spray ink then used clear embossing ink and shabby blue embossing powder from Stampendous before adhering them to the pages.  To add extra interest and contrast to the blue I painted orange watercolour and quinacridone gold acrylic around the circle areas and also allowed it to drip down.

Using the octopus stamp from France Papillon I added the tentacles directly to the top of one page then stamped it again onto card.  This was then cut out and coloured before adding to the spread...

Finally I stamped out some of the words from the 'Perfect Words' set and also added a sticker from a Tim Holtz set...

Here are the products I used which can all be found on the Tando Creative website:

* Tando Creative Extra Thins - Circles
* Tando Creative Stencil 260mm x 60mm - Rings
* France Papillon Stamp Sets - Rock n Rust; Perfect Words; Creepers and Crawlers; London New York
* Stampendous Embossing Powder - Shabby Blue
* Decoart Modelling Paste - White
* Decoart Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Technique Tag Thursday - Collage Stamping - with Nikki Killinger

Hi all,

Sorry I couldn't do a live tonight, but hope you enjoy this easy technique tutorial.

You will need:

Your Tag.
Paper or Post it Notes
Flat Paintbrush.
3 paints that blend together, i.e: red, orange, yellow.  Blue, Green, Yellow.  Pink, lilac, purple...
Stamps of your choice, I would make these smallish stamps that can be cut out easily.
A varnish, or crackle glaze to finish.

Step 1.
First give your tag a base layer of White Gesso, Tinting Base or White Paint.
Then paint your tag, going across it, in a strip of the first (palest) colour.  While still wet, introduce the second (medium) colour, and then the third (darkest).  This gives you a 'sunset' or ombre/graduated finish.

Step 2.  Take a focal stamp, and position where you would like it.  Stamp onto your background, then onto a piece of paper and cut out.  Cover your image with the paper 'mask'.  A tip here, using Post It Notes is good for this technique, put the main part of your stamped image to the part where the sticky is (on the back), and then your mask will stick to your tag and be removable but easier to keep in position.

Step 3.  Stamp another image (or two or 3), around your original image on the tag, depending on what fits without overlapping.  Stamp these on to paper and cut out.

Step 4.  Place the paper over your images, and continue stamping.  Repeat the paper process if needed, until the whole tag is masked and stamped to your liking.

Step 5.  Remove the paper to reveal your Tag!  If you have any 'gaps' where the paper hasn't masked properly, you can take a fineliner and just 'fill in' where you think the lines should be.  You can also fill any spaces that are too empty with some doodles if you feel brave.

Complete your tag with a layer of Triple Thick Glaze, a Varnish, or Crackle Glaze for effect.  I used Crackle Glaze.

This is a simple technique that gets forgotten, but can give amazing results.  It's how I made the Ministry Team's Jacket's, and works brilliantly on fabric bags and Canvas too. 

Have fun and make up your own scenes!

Best Wishes,


Monday, 5 August 2019

Art Journalling Week

The theme this week is art journalling which is a perfect way to use the extra thin greyboard pieces:

I glued some of the {Extra Thin Harlequins} to the journal page and then gave everything a coat of {White Gesso}. I then attacked the page with a selection of acrylic paints and stamping. 

I then decided I hated the centre portion so it got covered with white paint! It actually gave the finished piece more depth as you can still see part of it underneath. 

The centre part was then watercoloured and stamped.

I sprayed one of the {Extra Thin Rectangles} with black spray ink and once dry, it was stuck in place before finishing off with 2 stamped images and a computer generated quote.

Sunday, 4 August 2019

ATC - August

Hello all, a bit later than usual, Carol with you this Sunday Evening…

This week has been our monthly colour week and the palette for August has been:-

and here is my August trading coin:-

the butterfly is from the butterfly tag, as recently seen on Hochanda.

TFL xx

Friday, 2 August 2019

Creative Play Days Technique Tag - by Hannah Oxberry

Fancy seeing how we created this grungy layered tag background? Then head over to the Tando Creative Zone and catch up with the Facebook Live tutorial.

Link can be found here.

Monday, 29 July 2019

August's Colour Theme Coin

This is the colour theme for August:

I've continued with the {AT Coins}

I ran the coin through the cuttlebug with the Carabelle {Circles and Dots} embossing folder.

I then brushed on acrylic paints, blending them at the join.

I used a brayer to apply lemon paint only to the raised parts and gave the base a ring of white paint pen dots.

I cut down one of the larger clouds from the {Grab Bag of Clouds} to fit the coin and added some shading with paint.

It's been finished off with Moon Girl sitting on the cloud and a white embossed phrase.

Saturday, 27 July 2019

24 Playdays Summer Tag

Full details of how I made this tag can be found on our Facebook page HERE.

Friday, 26 July 2019

Concertina Binder- it's all Black and White.

Morning all  it's Concertina Binder week on the Tando Creative Blog and so I thought I would give it a go.
I started by giving the binder and all parts a coat of DecoArt Chalky Finish in Everlasting. All the spines were then given a coat of DecoArt Chalky Finish in Carbon.  The binder covers and the clipboard holder had Vintage tissue paper applied with DecoArt Matte Medium .
Stamping was then added to the binder pages and clipboard with black Archival Ink.

 Embelishments were then added to the front cover and a ribbon tie to finish.
Thanks for stopping by.


Other Products.
Vintage Tissue Paper ( my own stash)
Ranger Black Archival Ink
Flourish Stamp- Tim Holtz
Frame- Tim Holtz Ideology.
Die cut branches- Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets.
Ribbon- ( my own stash)
Crown Stamp ( my own stash)

Monday, 22 July 2019

Concertina Folder with Mini Clipboard

Hi everyone, who can resist this gorgeous and useful concertina binder?  I know I can't!!!!!  Apart from the obvious rings, it has a little holder to place the mini clipboard in or you could add a little book if you like.

You can use this one for all sorts of thing...as a holiday journal, an art journal or just a place to put your lists :-D.  Plus its handy enough to fit into a handbag!

I added chalk paints randomly to the bases and then decided it was too bright and gave them a covering of gesso!  The lovely leaf spray has been made using the new layering stencils.  I used two of the layers with modelling paste, painting each as it dried.

Open one side of the binder and you have a holder for the mini clipboard! Its deep enough to be able to hold a lot in your clipboard.

I used paper to cover my page dividers and to decorate the clipboard.  I also added a few quotes for inspiration!

The finishing touch was to add the 'ART' letters and wrap some lace around to hold it neatly.

The team have decorated this in so many ways.  Keep a look out for more inspiration

Karen xxx

Friday, 19 July 2019

Anything Goes - Alcohol Ink Tag by Jane


It is 'Anything Goes' week on the Tando Creative blog so I thought I would have a go at something a bit different.  I am really loving my alcohol inks at the moment and wanted to use them on one of the greyboard technique tags but as they would not work on the board surface I decided to cover my tag using YUPO paper which is a special synthetic paper that works with the inks as it is non porous...

I started by drawing around the tag onto the YUPO paper and then cut it out.  I used Decoart Decoupage Matt to stick it to the tag.  Using a selection of pink, yellow and orange alcohol inks I applied the ink and blew it around until I was happy with the look, then added gold foil which adhered to the tacky areas...

The tag was left to dry overnight and then I used alcohol lift ink from the re inker bottle onto a foam blending tool and placed it through the distressed diamond mini stencil.  I then dabbed off the residue before burnishing the areas to lift the ink...

Next I used some red archival ink with a script stamp...

As the background was quite bright I wanted the focal points to have more of a silhouette look, so I chose a butterfly from the Tando butterfly grab bag as well as two Tando flowers with stems.

These were painted with black gesso then I added a couple of layers of black embossing powder which I stamped into with the same script stamp from earlier.  To help the texture stand out I rubbed on a little bit of gold gilding wax...

These were then adhered to the tag using glue and foam pads for extra dimension and a Tim Holtz sticker added as a finishing touch...

Here are the products that I used:

* Tando Creative Technique Binder and Tags
* Tando Creative Flowers with Stems Grab Bag
* Tando Creative Butterfly Grab Bag
* Tando Creative Mini Stencil - Distressed Diamond
* Decoart Mediums - Black Gesso
* Decoart - Decoupage Matt

Thank you for looking and do check out what the other design team members have been making this week.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx