Friday, 26 November 2021

The World in a Matchbox - by Kim

Ever thought it would be nice to carry your whole world in a matchbox? Well, I’ve sort of done it by putting all the Oriental astrological elements in one box; fire, earth, metal, water, wood.

I’ve used, from Tando Creative, their Matchbox, Medium with inserts. It arrives flat packed but assembly is easy and straightforward. I used ordinary PVA to stick it together.

I decided that I would use four inserts and the cover would be the fifth element, and that would be a dramatic ‘metal’ finish. 

For the individual 'metal' plates I used pieces from Tando Offcuts. I chopped the edges randomly to to make them less than perfect, and more interesting, then glued them to the surface of the cover. (Be careful when using sharp blades!)

Base coat the entire cover - except the plates - with Lamp Black, including going inside by a brush width incase it is visible on the finished piece.

I painted two coats of DecoArt Venetian Gold on the plates so that it was well covered. Next I aged the edges by blending Quinacridone Gold Media Fluid Acrylic. Finally, I blended Paynes Grey Media Fluid Acrylic around the outside, to give more depth to the ageing.

Now to the inserts. I printed four pictures*, one for each of the remaining elements, and glued them on. I cut them slightly larger than the insert so that I could use coarse sandpaper to ‘blend’ the edges to fit.

To embellish the pictures I printed the Chinese characters and words. For the back of each card I used the element’s associated colour; earth - yellow, wood - green, fire - red, water - black,(metal is white) and a slip-slap graduated blend of DecoArt colours. A little gold wax rub-on round the edges finished it off.

Back to the cover. I added characters, words. and title to the outer. The inner tray was painted black outside and white inside. I stamped ‘I paint what I like’, added characters, and finished with ‘long life’.

(*Make sure you have permission to use the pictures)

Products used:

Tando Creative : Matchbox Medium with inserts

Tando Creative : Off cuts 50g

DecoArt Colours:

Venetian Gold Metalic acrylic paint

Lamp Black

Titanium White 

Media Acrylics:

Quinacridone Gold and Paynes Grey

Various colours of your choice for the backs


Gold rub-on wax

Pictures as appropriate 

Rubber stamps with Chinese characters

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Product Focus- Twinchie Christmas- Fiona Randall

 Morning all Fiona here with a Product Focus Project.

I am really enjoying Seasonal makes at the moment so decided to create a focal piece using Tando Twinchies.

This is quite a large project but so fun to create using scraps of Scrapbooking paper from my stash with Tando Minis to further decorate the piece.
I started by adhering a piece of Scrap Book paper to a 12x12 piece of Tando Grey Board and inked the edges with Ground Espresso Distress Ink.
Next up I cut the squares to cover my Twinchies using a 2 inch square punch from christmas themed scrap booking paper. The paper squares were then adhered to the 25 Twinchies needed and the edges inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Numbers and words were then stenciled and stamped onto the twinchies and coloured with Glitter Gel Pens. Glitter was then added to the Tando Stars and Snowflakes. The Tando Bells and Holly were coloured with Glitter Sparkle Pens.
The Twinchies were then arranged onto the board and Glued into place. Finally the Tando  Stars, Snowflakes, Holly and Bells were glued into place to finish.
A fun project with limited supplies but so effective when complete.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read.
Do check back the rest of the week to see what the rest of the team are creating.
Fiona xx.


Other Products Used.

Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso. 
Tim Holtz Seasonal Glitter- Garland
Glitter Gel Pens.
Christmas Scrapbook Paper- My own Stash
2 inch square punch

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Tagged and Grabbed - Zoë Sanderson

Passing my craft table yesterday morning after locking the back door some of the things on said table sparked an idea.   How about covering the surface of a Tando Tag with glue stick and then covering it with Mica powder.   Then I went to work.  Returning home this is what the idea turned into.

First the glue stick was pulled down the tag.   The effect is so textural and interesting, various Mica powders sprinkled over.  They settled in the nooks and crannies of the glue as well as on top making things even more interesting.  Before starting on the other elements I swiped a white Brilliance inked over the top concentrating of the areas that the glue did not stick to.  The more matt appearance of the ink off set against the sparkle creates even more depth.

The two half circle cogs, from Steampunk Parts, on the sides were given an application of gilding glue and when that was ready they were dipped into gilding flakes.  The flakes went everywhere so it took a while to clean the cogs up and I even ended up with gilded fingers.   Next a hanging bar from the Assorted Plaques kit, this was given a covering of gold gilding wax.

The butterflies from a Butterflies grab bag were painted with Starlight paints.  The flowers from Floral grab bag pressed into an embossing ink pad and coated with Stampendous thick Shabby embossing powder.  PVC glue stuck everything together.

The picture above taken this morning in natural light angled to show the sparkle of all the different mediums used.  The picture below, taken moments later, has the tag laid flat and so is a better representation of the colours used.

Next time I want to create a running water/waterfall effect this is how I will do it.  How would you use this technique?  we would love to see you work in our Facebook group.

Products used

Tando Tag size 10

Steampunk Parts 

Assorted Plaques kit,

Colouring mediums, glues and embossing powder from my stash.

Friday, 19 November 2021

Mixed Media Boards - by Zoë Sanderson

Hi, You will have heard this before and doubtless will again.  Tando Grey Board will take just about anything you throw at it.  Which is what happened this time.

I really enjoy experimenting with different mediums finding new ways to use them.  Tando mixed media boards are a great surface to work on.  Playing with Mixed Media offers so many ideas and opportunities it can be a battle sometimes to edit them down into a cohesive piece.  Another reason to use this little Tando Mixed Media boards big enough to work on but small enough to restrict the number techniques used.

Here are three boards that I've recently thrown all sorts of paints, pastes, glue and things at.  First they were all given a base coat of white gesso.

First the Blue Birds.   This board had a range of Distress Inks blended over with the lightest colours in the middle working out to darker shades around the edge.  Then water hand splattered over it.  My favourite world is Laugh and it is on an old stencil, tried to use it here with DecoArt Crackle Paste, but this did not work out so well, tried it again with Cosmic Shimmer Lava Paste.  This paste sucks up the colour but only with the parts not expanded by heating.  A while ago the waste from a die was saved and then used on another project as masks.  Those pieces we then added to this project using mat gel medium as the adhesive.  

As birds were to be the common theme with these boards Whimsical Birds provided the pair for this board.   These birds are great fun as you get various bodies different sets of eyes as well as wings and legs.  You get to decide how your birds will look.  Kept things fairly simple this time just painting bases Blue and Yellow then colouring the eyes white and gluing them on.

The next board was an experiment with Brusho's Aquawax.  This interesting fluid will take colour with Brusho pigment allowing you to extend these, it will also act as a resist.  Having given the base a colour wash various marks were made with a brush and the Aquawax.  More paint added then baby wiped over, makes for an interesting mottled background.  When dry a Tando Stencil Mish Mash laid over the board and an embossing fixative pushed through, the EP is an old stone effect one from my stash.  More of the die waste dropped on randomly.

The birds this time are from the Tando Mini's Owls 2.  The owls come in parts that you colour and build up.  Once again my Acrylic paints were put to work topped off with gilding wax.

For the third, and final for now, board the Aquawax was put to use again.  This time the fluid was tinted with Brusho pigment and then brushed over the entire surface. While it was still wet more Brusho sprinkled over it although a squirt of water was needed to activate the powder.

The stencil this time was Dotstream and a different crackle/embossing paste.  This paste also sucked up the colour and left to dry.  A section of the board swiped with a pallet knife and some DecoArt Crackle Paste.  I wanted to see how the two crackle pastes would interact the glossy paste filled the area between the stencilled dots but that was all.  When everything was dry the previously painted Tando Mini's Owls were added.

These were great fun to do and and are fabulous little sample boards that I can refer back to in the future.  

Products Used:

Tando mixed media boards

Whimsical Birds 

Tando Mini's Owls 2

Tando Mini's Owls

Tando Stencil Mish Mash

Tando Stencil Dotstream

DecoArt white gesso

DecoArt Acrylic paints

DecoArt Crackle Paste

DecoArt Crackle Paste

Brusho pigment

Brusho's Aquawax

All other mediums from my personal stash.

Wednesday, 17 November 2021


Product Focus - A6 Ringbinder by Bernadette Ball

Good Morning Everyone,

Today I am showing an A6 ringbinder which I have decorated for Christmas.  Hopefully, this Christmas I will be able to fill it with family memories and photos!

I started by using the mini snowflakes stencil with some grit paste.

Once this had set, I painted the whole thing with some dark blue paint.  When the dark blue paint dried I dry brushed some light blue paint over the top then when that had dried I added some silver paint with a stencil brush.

I then took some mini snowflakes and embossed them with some silver embossing powder.  I did this twice to give them plenty of texture.

I then glued the snowflakes to the front cover of the ring binder and added the silver die cut Christmas and 2021 in the middle.  I haven't decorated the back yet so the last photos are of the front cover,

Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Let it Snow- Anything Goes Week - Fiona Randall


Morning All t's Anything goes week here on the Tando Blog.

Following on from my Facebook live over on Crafting Together With All Brands last week

You can see the Video HERE

I decided on creating another of the Tando Medium Matchboxes again using a Christmas Theme along with some Christmas Themed Tando Elements.

After assembly of the matchbox both cover and insert drawer were given a coat of DecoArt Chalky Finish in Carbon black. Then finished with a coat of DecoArt Media Ultra Matte Varnish.
Water colour cardstock was embossed with a Lumber 3d Embossing Folder then spritzed and sprayed with Distress Ink and Oxide Sprays. Edged in Ground Espresso Distress Ink. This was then adhered to the matchbox cover with DecoArt Decoupage Matte Glue.
Next up the Decoration using Tando Elements and a Die cut frame. Some stamping and glitter touches and a little Jute String bow with bell added .

I decided to create a little gift card holder booklet using two of the matchbox inserts for my covers.

The covers were decorated to match the outer matchbox cover. With some ephemera added for interest.

The inside covers were created using craft card and stamped in the christmas theme.
A strip of black card was then cut to create the hinge mechanism for the booklet and adhered to the front and back cover before attaching the Inner covers. holes were then punched into the covers and set with eyelets before threading some ribbon through to act as a closure.
A fun and easy project to complete and something different for gift giving.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read. Do come back the rest of the week to see what the DT has in store fore you.



Tim Holtz 3d Embossing Folder - Lumber
Tim Holtz Switchlet Embossing Folder- Seal.
Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain- Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Spray-  Evergreen Bough.
Tim Holtz Seasonal Distress Mica Spray- Frosted Juniper
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad- Ground Esspresso, Antique Linen, Forest Moss.
Tim Holtz Ideology- Christmas Snippets Ephemera.

Jute String
Silver Bell
Gold Wax
Black Posca Pen
Gold Eyelets.
Various christmas stamps from my stash.

Friday, 12 November 2021

Tag Hanger and Tag Step by Step by Nicky Roussou

Welcome to my blog.

I thought it would be nice to give you a little peek at how I made my Tag Stand and Tags that were showcased on The Craft Store TV show last week.

I started by assembling the Tag Stand and giving it a good coat of Black Gesso. 

I then used Stamperia Clear Crackle paste  and some DecoArt Strata paste randomly and allowed to dry t give a nice rough effect.

Once dry, I gave it a paint with some Blue, Yellow and before it dried so the colours mixed.

Once dry I gave it a think coat of watered down brown paint to give it an aged effect.

For the Bolt I used used a little bit of a Grain Medium on the end to rough it up and make it look rusty and then added some Expresso Alcohol Ink to age it. 

I carried out the same technique on the Layered Butterfly Substrates.

Don't these butterflies look lovely!

For this Tag I used Tando- Creatives new Stencil and a mini clock as well as the layered Butterfly.

I used the new stencil on this Tag too as well as the layered butterfly.

Finished with all my Tags in place.

Thank you :-) 


Stamperior Crackle Paste
Stamperior Strata Paste
Selection of DecoArt Paint