Tuesday, 17 May 2022

It's A Beautiful Day- Tag Plaque- Fiona Randall


Morning All Fiona here with a Tando Tag Plaque

 and of course using a Butterfly theme.

I used one of my Gelli Printed backrounds which was cut to size and adhered to a Tando size 10 Tag.
I then inked the edges with black Archival Ink
 Onto a lighter portion of the gelli print waste that was left after cutting the tag shape,
 I stamped the large butterfly from the Butterfly Mind set from Chocolate Baroque and fussy cut it out.
I then layered and attached a pale blue organza butterfly to the larger fussy cut butterfly with a spot of glue.
Next I die cut the pediments for the top and bottom of the tag from Tando Grey Board using a Tim Holtz Die. I gave them both a coat of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Silver and dried with a heat tool. I then applied a coat of DecoArt Antiquing Cream in Carbon Black to the pediments and wiped back with a damp paper towel to give an aged effect.
I then glued and attached the pediments to the top and bottom of the tag as shown.
The layered Butterfly was then glued to the tag at a jaunty angle.
A rub on was added to the top left of the tag and a sentiment to the bottom right of the tag.
Shading was then added around the sentiment strips and under the pediments with a stabilo All pencil and blended out with a water brush.
I then cut a piece of Tando Grey Board to size and gave it a coat of DecoArt  Premium Acrylic in Carbon Black.
The tag was then attached to the grey board base using offcuts of grey board to give depth and dimension.
A simple project with limited supplies with a vintage feel.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read.
Hugs Fiona.



Sizzix Bigz Die- Pediments- Tim Holtz

Tim Holtz Rub on Transfers.

Snarky Words Sentiments- Tim Holtz.

Organza Butterfly from my stash.

Stabilo All Pencil

Water Brush.

Friday, 13 May 2022

Tando Advent White Christmas Box by Art Angel


This is a very simple yet very pretty Advent Box and would make a fabulously magical gift or keepsake for a child's room. Using the papers of your choice don't forget these are suitable for all times and occasions throughout the year not just Advent 

Your Advent Kit creates two components, and outer box and a inner sliding drawer

The precision cut tabs and notches makes it very easy to snap together just secure with a good pva glue

Lay all your pieces out before gluing so that you’re confident that everything is in the right place

This will be your drawer front

Start but giving both components a base coat of Decoart Lace Chalk Paint

I chose to use some Christmas papers from LaBlanche to decorate my box but you could use anything from your stash, whether thats Christmas, birthdays, weddings or any other papers for any occasion

I cut a panel slightly smaller than the drawer front and inked around the edges using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide and adhered to the box using DecoArt Matte Medium

I repeated the same process for one side of the drawer

And then the other

I also cut a panel to fit on the inside back wall of the drawer

I used DecoArt metallic Lustre in Iced Espresso to finish off all edges

I then moved onto the box that the drawer will sit in and cut panels to cover all inside surfaces matching up the design to create a cohesive scene, remember to ink your edges with the oxide before sticking down

Do the same for the top of the box

And again for the sides

Like i said simple but oh so effective, perfect way to let your beautiful papers speak for themselves it is a brilliant way to showcase papers that you have a hard time cutting in to!!!

Look out for loads more inspiration from the wonderful Tando Team x x

I used
LaBlanche papers

Sunday, 8 May 2022

School Days Collection

Today I bring you a cute little project I have been pottering about with for a few weeks. Sticking to my promise of using up all my old vintage Scrapbook papers i stumbled across some cute little children at school papers and just knew i had to use them. And what better why to highlight the good old Days of school with a Tando printers tray and two large cubbey's.

Materials Used

Selection of vintage school themed papers & Ephemera

Black Gesso or Paint

Collection of Alpha stickers, all random

PVA Wood Glue

Tando Greyboard

Tando cubbey's.

Tando Printers Trays: rectangle


I knew roughly my plan which was to have my cubbey's stacked on top of each other and have my printers tray next to it so I arranged then on my piece of greyboard, moving about until I was happy with the arrangement. I had to sacrifice the front cover of the printers tray sadly. Once finally happy, I cut the greyboard to size and gave everything a couple of coats of black gesso. At the same time I did a Tando Display Stand just in case. 

The greyboard back piece measured 8" x 8" in the end. I covered it in a piece of burgundy cardstock just slightly smaller. I then added a matt of green spotted patterned paper with sanded edged to that and set aside for later.

I glued my two cubbey's together, I secured with extra tape all over too. This will be hid with patterned paper. I cut strips of patterned papers and decorated both the inside and out side of my cubbey's. I sanded all the edges for a vintage worn look. I wasn't bothered about gaps or joins in my wallpapering inside as i knew the ephemera would hide it. The printers tray was a wee bit trickier. I placed a sheet of patterned paper on top and left it too dry over night. I then carefully used a craft knife to cut out the small holes. i sanded the edges down to give the aged vintage feel again. I added backgrounds to the cubbey's too. At this stage i glued both the cubbey's and printers tray the greyboard back piece and left over night to dry. I have said it before. I am a convert to the PVA wood glue that Di has on the web site, super strong and the applicators, where have you been all my life, lol

Next i just took a square at a time and began to just build up a little scene, adding layers of paper ephemera and 3D objects, moving stuff around until i was happy. This took awhile. I was like a kid with a new dolls house. 

First the Cubbey's

Then the smaller printer tray squares

The top of the display looked a little bare so i decorated it with some alpha stickers which i made little stands for 

I hope you like the little display of school days fun. I had so much fun tinkering about for days on end, it was like i was back at school again. Would love to see your creations if you have ago 

Sarah xx

Tuesday, 3 May 2022


                                                        One Little Hexi - Bernadette

I made this size 10 greyboard tag https://www.tando-creative.co.uk/TAGS180X100.html with one little hexi frame https://www.tando-creative.co.uk/HXGNS2022.html I had left from another project.  I like to use up everything I get in any of my kits, so I added other bits and pieces to make this.

I started off by rubbing distress oxide pads onto my media mat - the colours I used were antique linen, bundled sage and frayed burlap.  I kept dipping my piece of ivory coloured card in, drying and repeating until I had the effect I wanted.  

I then drew around the card using the greyboard tag for the outline and cut it to shape using scissors. I glued the card to the tag using PVA glue.

I took a floral stamp and randomly stamped on parts of the tag using vintage photo distress ink. 

Using a floral stencil I added some texture using crackle paste and let it dry.

Once the crackle paste had dried, I used a stencil brush to add some definition to the crackled areas with vintage photo distress ink.

I painted my little hexi frame using a metallic brown paint and had a rummage around in my stash for some paper dolls, die cuts, ephemera and paper flowers.  To make the little bee tag, I die cut a tag then then die cut the middle using a rectangle die.  I inked it with vintage photo distress ink splattered a bit of water to remove some of the ink then added some stamping.  I cut a piece of acetate, stamped the bee using black Stazon then glued the acetate to the back of the tag.  (I added some thread to the tag but you will see on the finished photo I decided to take that off).

To put the tag together, I first glued some pieces of honeycomb which I had die cut from brown card.

I had a play around with the bits and pieces I had decided I was putting on my tag before sticking anything down.  Once I have pretty much decided where I want everything to go, I usually take a photo with my phone, take everything off the tag then glue each piece using the photo to make sure each piece is in the place I wanted to go.

I enjoy working with lots of substrates but love tags especially.  They are small enough to complete in one crafting session and robust enough to take lots of additional layers.  Would love to see anything you create in the Facebook Tando Creative Zone if I've inspired you to have a play.

Bye for now!

Bernadette xxx


Friday, 29 April 2022

24 Boxes of Advent - Follow a star - by Kim

Here is the next in my series of 24 Boxes of Advent.
Follow a star ... but which one? There are trillions to choose from!

I couldn't get them all on this box, so you'll have to use your imagination. My inspiration was the wonderful photographs taken from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Once I'd glued the box together I base coated the whole thing, inside and out, with Lamp Black.

Because my nebula is small I used an old and worn out brush for the stippling. All colours are stippled on so they blend easily.

The centre of the nebula is Cadmium Yellow. Make the colour more dense at the centre. Next up, and mainly towards the left of the picture, is Tangerine. Start by covering some of the yellow so the colours blend and gradually change from one to the next. Scarlet is next, stippled on as before. Then Calico Red. The red doesn't cover too well, which is good for the blending process, the density can tail off as you stretch in to outer space. You will probably need more than one coat for the denser areas.

To the right I used Primary Blue with tiny dabs of white blended in roughly. As the blue area gets farther from the centre it becomes less dense and eventually fades in to space.

At the centre of the nebula I added some tiny white 'splits' in the yellow layer showing the white heat of the core.

Next, the rest of the universe. I diluted a couple of drops of Titanium White with water to make it a milky consistency, then with an old tooth brush, spattered the stars over the surface. Try out your technique on scrap paper before you aim at your project - it could be messy!

Choose a couple of larger stars to have extra sparkle. With a fine point like a dip pen or cocktail stick paint in six or eight starburst lines. Make them taper away from the centre. Worth practising on a spare surface for this, too.

Once all is dry, mix some diluted black and add shadowy clouds in a couple of areas.

As this is my fourth Advent box I cut a number 4 from spare greyboard, painted it black, then added first Tangerine, then white highlights only to the edges that face the glowing nebula.

Thank you for journeying around the universe with me.