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).

Friday 23 November 2018

The original Trio of wax tags

Hi everyone Dee here with the other two tags were done at the same time as the winged one.
I am in the middle of packing for MOM really excited to be seeing everyone. Always think I am going to behave at this one, it never happens I blame that Suz! but I do try.

I used 3 different sized tags, scribbling, Stamping, beloved deco Art media acrylics and oil pastils.

Here you can see the scribbling that I did prior to applying the wax the circles were done after the wax had been applied then a white oil pastil was used to highlight the circles. I used metal tools to carve into the wax then Raw umber was rubbed into the patterns created.

For the embellishments i used my fav triple embossing.
Have a fab weekend!
Cheers Dee 

Wednesday 21 November 2018

Anything Goes Week - Media Board by Fiona Randall

Morning all today I have a little project for you and I have gone completely out of my comfort zone to challenge myself  to use bright colours and yes PINK! Anyone who knows me knows I don't do pink ...........
I used a Tando Media Board for my base and grey board circles for my focal points. Cut from sturdy grey board they will take anything you care to throw at them Paint or medium wise. I started by giving the media board and circles two coats of DecoArt Media Tinting base. I then placed the circles on the media board for placement and lightly drew around them with a pencil to determine where to stamp. I then gave the circles a coat of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Green Gold and Primary Magenta. When dry the circles were stamped with the Texture Fragrments Stamps from Chocolate Baroque with black versafine ink. The media board then had stamping applied using a number stamp from Andy Skinners Illusionary Artists stamp set word up and numbers. The circles were then glued to the media board base and doodling applied to the small circles to make them stand out. Finally the media board edges were inked and word strips added relating to how I felt about working out of my comfort zone.
Close up Detail.
Thanks for stopping by today.
 Do come back to see what  more inspiring makes from the team.
Hugs Fiona.
Products Used.
Onyx Black Versafine Inkpad.
White Sakura Gelly Roll Pen
Black  Sakura Fine Liner Pen.

Thursday 15 November 2018

Spray Ink/Paint week- Rusty Heart Tag Fiona Randall

Morning all  the Team are playing with Spray Inks/ and or Paints. Here's my contribution a Rusty Grungy Paint Sprayed Tag.
I started by priming all my greyboard pieces with DecoArt Media Tinting Base. I then Used DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Prussian Blue Hue  And Raw Umber mixed with a little Carbon black to make a darker brown in a couple of mini mister bottles to make my spray paints. These were then misted onto the tag base and dried between layers until I got the effect that I was after. Next up DecoArt Media Modelling paste was applied through a woodgrain stencil to the greyboard circle and Heart and once dry spritzed and sprayed with the Raw Umber Carbon black mix. Again drying between layers to achieve depth.  I then applied DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Raw Umber to the large Washer from Andy Skinners Industrial Elements set. When dry it was bound with Rusty Wire. Stamping was then added to the tag base using France Papillion's London New York Stamp set from Illusionary Artists .Potting soil Archival Ink applied to the edges and  finished with a swipe of  DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Burnished Brass. Splatters of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Titanium white applied to finish the Tag Base. On the Greyboard circle and Heart DecoAt Media Antiquing Cream in Patina was applied to my craft mat and water added to make a wash. The circle and heart were then dipped into  it to create spotting and splatters. All pieces were then assembled onto the tag base and a sentiment added to finish.
Close up detail.
Thanks for stopping by today

Wednesday 14 November 2018

Spray Ink Heart Tag


This week on the Tando Creative Blog the design team are using spray inks and/or paints.
I love using spray inks and have quite a selection in my crafty stash! In particular I like using the sprays over crackle mediums as I like the way they react with the cracks.

Here is my inky, crackly tag...

I started by priming all of my greyboard pieces with white gesso then added stencilling to the main tag using modelling paste.  The wings, plaque and tag all had crackle paint added and the heart had crackle paste to create larger and thicker cracks...

When all the mediums had dried I added spray inks.  The heart and tag were coloured using plain ink sprays and on the other pieces I added sprays that also contained mica.  Gold gilding wax was blended around all the edges to finish the pieces off...

To complete the project I added some Tim Holtz stickers and then some colourful sequins to which I added some tiny flat backed pearls.

The products used were:

* Tando Creative - Size 6 Tag
* Tando Creative Grab Bag - Hearts
* Tando Creative - Wings
* Tando Creative - Industrial Elements
* Tando Creative - Mini Stencil Distressed Diamonds
* Decoart Media - Mediums

There will be more inky and painty inspiration from the team throughout the rest of the week.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Friday 9 November 2018

Colour theme week with Brenda

It's a colour theme this week and here is the gorgeous palette. Winter is definitely heading our way.

I created a canvas board and used one of the Tando acrylic media boards, a Tando snowflake, DecoArt media acrylics and Stampendous aged silver embossing enamel.

The canvas board went through a couple of transformations but to start off I partially and randomly painted some broad brush strokes of white gesso over the surface and dried it.
I took out a palette of  cadmium red hue, quinacridone magenta, cobalt turquoise, raw umber, carbon black, titan buff and titanium white media fluid acrylics to mix and make similar colours as those in the colour swatch above.
Mixing the light blue colour first I made a water wash on a gelli plate and laid the canvas board over it to soak up some of the colour. I spritzed the gelli plate with water over the remaining blue wash)  and dipped the board again. I took some of the colour our by dabbing with a paper towel.

I repeated by mixing the pink colour ....

And then I knocked it back a bit and made it more ethereal by dipping in a watery wash of gesso.

 I found a really old wood mounted Penny Black stamp with this really pretty snowflake. Take off the protective paper from one side of the acrylic and stamp it using black stazon ink.

Remove the paper from the other side and start painting the arms of each snowflake in silver, gold and pearl metallic paints. I think I chose quite a difficult image so it didn't go too well ..... but I took a little cloth and dabbed on some surgical spirits and was able to rub some of the messy edges away without scratching the surface.
This is the painted side ....

...... and how it looks ok on the other side.

Next using a stipple brush dab over titanium white, titan buff and prussian blue hue on the back of the acrylic, I also used a little burnt umber round the edges which gave me a little frame effect. We will cover all the paint we have already put on the snowflakes.

When we turn the acrylic panel over the snowflakes in all their glory are revealed in the dark sky.

Once I knew what this looked like I could get back to finishing the canvas board for it to sit on.
Take the cadmium red hue, quinacridone magenta, carbon black and burnt umber media fluid acrylics again and mix shades to match the darkest red on the colour palette at the top of the post. Mix it with glazing medium and paint it round the edges of the canva board and rub back again. It worked well but was looking quite grungy so I totally changed the image. You can see with aged silver embossing enamel and some stippled blue, plus some blue and pink splatters it changed quite considerably. But that's what we do isn't it - change direction and follow our muse?

An embossed star and a grungy word band ........

 and I was ready to assemble.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx


Monday 5 November 2018


Hello, Carol with you this lovely Monday morning to kick start this months colour theme.

Our colour palette this month is:-

lovely festive berries…

So, in keeping with my monthly colours, here is media board 11/18

The base this month was the 74mm x 138mm chipboard mixed media board.  Each month I try and use all of the listed colours, but, this month I decided to stay with just three….

Tando product used:-

TFL xx

Sunday 4 November 2018

Anything Goes Week - Mechanical ATC by Nikki K

Morning all,

Today I have a little project for you, but with a lot of texture! 
I used a Tando ATC for my base, which are pre cut to the perfect size.  These are greyboard and take nearly any punishment with mediums and paints you want.  I started by painting it with a coat of Metallic Silver.

The raised area's are Sand Texture Paste, which I also used a spatula to add dimension, by just tapping and lifting it lightly off the surface.This gave a really nice cratered effect. 

I carefully added paynes grey to the textured area's, and when dry, washes of Quinacridone Gold over the whole piece, concentrating more on the raised parts, to show deep rusting.

The Tando cogs were painted in Raw Umber, and a wash of Quinacridone Gold. I then used Stampendous Embossing Powder in Aged Copper, and then made a mix of powder's to get the dark green/copper effect on the others.  These were partially heated, to keep the particles from melting in completely, but enough to give the mottled rusted effect. The round bolts on top were painted with Raw Umber, and then Cobalt Turquoise mixed with a little Titan Buff for a verdigree look.

The Mechanical sign was just printed onto a piece of paper, and aged with watered down Quin Gold and Paynes Grey. 

You can make a completely different look to your ATC's by glueing patterned paper to them, an easy design choice.  This is another one I made, totally different but still fun with embellishments from your stash.

I gave the paper a wash of Raw Umber on this one to make it more 'vintage' looking. 

Hope this inspires you,

Best Wishes,

Nikki K.

Products Used:

Tando Creative:
Industrial Elements Kit.

DecoArt Media Line:
Metallic Silver
Paynes Grey
Quinacridone Gold
Titan Buff
Raw Umber
Cobalt Turquoise
Texture Sand Paste.

Other Items:

Stampendous Embossing Powders.
Printed Sentiment.
Embellishments from own stash.

Saturday 3 November 2018

Anything Goes Week- Conquer your fears tag by Monika

I hope you are well.
Today I wanted to share  with you my latest inspirations -quick and easy tag.

I hope you like it! It makes me smile every time I look at it ;)

Products used:

Chalky Finish Paint in Relic, Americana Premium Acrylics in Primary Magenta and Primary Yellow, 
Media Dluid Acrylics in Raw Sienna


Friday 2 November 2018

Remember- Fiona Randall

Morning all Fiona here with my latest project for Anything Goes Week.
As November is an important month this year I thought I would pay tribute to all those who gave their lives for our freedom.
“Wearing a poppy is a mark of respect and thanks to all those who gave so much for our freedom and democracy we have today, especially this year as we mark the Armistice centenary.”
I used  The Tando Art Room which I believe is now no longer available to create my piece. I used the
Brick Mini Mask from Tando with DecoArt Modelling paste applied to the top back and sides. Once dry this was painted with DecoArt Premium Acrylic in Dark Grey Value 3 and then dry brushed with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Transparent white to highlight the bricks. Poppies were then stamped, die cut  and painted using DecoArt Media fluid Acrylics in Cadmium Red and Napthol Red Light. The leaves were the stamped, Die cut and painted with a watery wash of DecoAt  Media Fluid Acrylic in Green Gold. These were then all assembled and glued to the Art Room. Tiny crosses were then die cut from white card and glued inside. To finish Remember was stamped with Black Versafine Ink onto cream cardstock and mounted onto an off cut of Tando Grey Board to give stability and glued in place, A couple of Vintage paper dolls were then added to complete the project.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by today.
Hugs Fiona.