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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Countdown to Christmas ATC's


As we are now well into December and on our way towards Christmas I was inspired to make a couple of seasonal ATC's...

I started by coating the Tando Creative grey board ATC cards with white gesso then once that was dry added a coat of white crackle paint.
I allowed the crackles to dry naturally then used washes of pyrole red and green gold acrylic paint to create the colour...
Using the mini parcels and bows from Tando I painted them with the same two colours plus metallic gold.  I edged the presents with gold gilding wax (and the edges of the ATC's) before layering them up and drawing on ribbons with gold gel pen.
To create some extra interest in the background, I stencilled gold paint through the mini numbers stencil...

Finally I stamped and gold embossed the sentiments onto white card and added some gems to the centre of the bows.
Here are the products that I used:
Thank you for looking and happy crafting!
Jane xx

Friday, 7 December 2018

Colour Theme Week- Fiona.

Morning all Fiona here with my contribution to the Colour Theme Week. This is a first for me working from a colour palette, but I'm pushing my boundries and coming out of my comfort zone to see where it takes me.
I used two media boards to create a little notebook. Got the gelli plate and brayer out and away I went.
So here is my little notebook completed.

Complete with some additional stamping an embossed panel and a grey board heart.
Thanks for stopping by today
Products used.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Colour post

Hello, Carol with you today with my last colour theme post for 2018.

This year, each month, I have created a mixed media board in the months colours and I now have a lovely 12 making up my 2018 set..

So, here is number 12/18

to this months board I've added christmas mini elements; brush stroke trees, reindeer, snowflakes and a tree from the wonky trees pack.  Pop along to the shop and take a look at the great range of Christmas products on offer…

TFL xx

Monday, 3 December 2018

Colour theme week - Brenda

Welcome, it's Brenda here with the start of the December Colour Theme week and what a gorgeous palette it is.

Don't you just love the contrasting shabby tones and those pine cones reflecting the colours?
I decided that to do this justice I needed to focus on some colour mixing and I used one of my charts to record what I did. Of course it's impossible to say how much I used each time but I always add less than I think I need because I can always add more but can't take it away! But I'm pretty pleased with the closeness of the colour shades (from left to right) #s 1, 4 & 5. #2 is represented by cerulean blue and #3 is titan buff.

So here's my finished mini winter sketchbook.

Decorated with sparkly snowflakes on the outside and ......

With watercolour pages inside and two magnets to hold the flap closed.

There are some process steps over at Bumblebees nd Butterflies if you'd like to see how it all came together.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your week.

hugs Brenda xxx

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Patterned Papers - Floral Plaque


This week on the Tando Creative blog the theme is to use patterned papers.

I decided to use paper to cover my Tando Creative plaque before I decorated it...

I chose two coordinating pieces of patterned paper to use on my MDF and greyboard pieces.  Using decoupage glue I stuck my pieces to the papers then once the glue had dried cut the shapes out roughly then used a sanding block to create a nice edge around each piece.

At this stage I added some holes with a crop a dile for my wire and some distress ink around each of the pieces using a duster brush.

To create the focal point I stamped and die cut some flowers and leaves which I then coloured with distress inks that matched the paper colours.  Next I added some faux gems for the centres and also some flat backed pearls...

To finish I stamped a sentiment onto kraft card using versamark and white embossing powder then layered it up onto the same floral patterned paper and purple card...

If you don't want to use paint and mediums then paper is another great way to cover your Tando plaques, tags and media boards.  There will be more ideas from other members of the team through the week.

Here are the links to some of the products used:

* Substrates Mega Pack
* Americana Decoupage Matt
* Versamark Ink Pad

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Anything goes week-long Silent Night by Monika Maksym

Good Morning all!
It is "Anything goes" week so I've decided to make something a little bit more festive for you.

 For my project I'm using media board from Tando. To start with I've applied Decoart Crackle paste through stencil, and  I've left it until it was completely dry. Then I've added a wash of Decoart Media Acrylic paint in Carbon Black all over the crackle.

Next step was to add a little sparkle. Using Decoart Dazzling Metallics in Medival Gold, Champagne Gold and Splendid Gold and sponge I've highlighted the areas.


Stars and moon embellishments were painted with DecoArt Americana Chalky finish and then painted with Dazzling Metallics as well.

I've also added a little Silent Night sign.

I hope you've enjoyed this project  
Thank you for stopping by. 
See you next time 

Products used:

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Anything Goes Week - Autum Artist Trading Coins by Nikki

Morning everyone,

Today I'm sharing with you some Artist Trading Coins I made for a swap with a lovely friend.  I had missed the deadline to enter and she offered to swap just with me, so it was really nice and personal to trade coins.

We made three coins each, using Tando Creatives Artist Trading Coins made from Greyboard, which takes practically anything you throw at it paint wise.

These were my gorgeous coins from my friend, I love the fact they are 3 similar coins, and I had a thought to put them on the front of some mini drawers or something as decoration at some stage.

I made three coins also, and had fun following the Autumn theme.

The Leaf coin was triple embossed and a fern leaf stamped into the hot embossing powder.  The other side was painted with a rust technique, and then I used crackle glaze.  I wasn't happy with the finish so painted the rust back over the crackle glaze, which added effect.  The word Autumn was added from stickers from my stash.

The bird coin was first painted in Crackle paint, and then given a coat of quinacridone gold.  The tree branch was painted in raw umber, and highlighted with Metallic Lustre.  I embossed the bird and wing in two colours, and then edged the coin with Quinacridone Magenta.

The final coin was painted with Tinting Base, and then given a coat of crackle paint.  When dry and cracked, I gave it a wash of Raw Umber, and then Quinacridone Gold.  I used a bookplate and embossed, and added the word Autumn.  I put Triple Thick Glaze over the word inside the bookplate.

Hope you like them, I enjoyed the process and swapping coins is great fun!

Best Wishes,

Nikki K

Items Used:

Tando Creative Artist Trading Coins
Trando Creative Book Plates

DecoArt Media Line: Crackle Paint, Crackle Glaze, Tinting Base, Triple Thick Glaze, Raw Umber, Quinacridone Gold, Metallic Lustre, Quinacridone Magenta,

Stampendous Embossing Enamels.

Andy Skinner Fossils Stamp set (Fern).