Wednesday 30 January 2019

Weathered Frames Tag - Jane


This week on the Tando Creative blog the theme is 'Frames'.

I was inspired to use one of the technique tags that Di brought to HOCHANDA yesterday as my base, but wanted to use a range of other greyboard pieces from my stash as the frames.  What I added to my tag are some of the mini frames and also washers and other pieces that have a frame like appearance...

I started by putting my pieces together, sticking the frames where I wanted them.  Then once these were set I added texture using Decoart Texture Sand paste to which I added art balls and micro beads to create different sizes of grains...

After this I also added some of the Decoart crackle paste and then once all of these were dried I painted over with white crackle paint as this added a much finer type of crackle. 

To create the colour I decided to use Brusho powders as I wanted all the crackle to be able to show.  I sprinkled a selection of yellow, gamboge and brown powders then spritzed with water.  These were then added again in different amounts, gradually building up the layers of colour until I was happy with the final effect...

Next I stamped out the butterflies and sentiment from a Finnabair set and coloured with some distress ink.  To create more definition to some of the edges I used an archival inkpad and sponge to make them a bit darker.  Finally the pieces were added to the tag, using some of the circles as frames for the butterflies...

Here are the products that I used to create my tag:

* Tando Creative Tag
* Tando Creative Mini Frames
* Tando Creative Industrial Elements
* Decoart - Texture Sand Paste; Crackle Paste; Crackle Paint
* Brusho Powders

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Monday 28 January 2019

Let's have fun with FRAMES - Brenda

Yes we're focusing on 'frames' this week so it will be interesting to see what the fabulous team come up with. I have used the mini printers tray with cover for my sample and I think you'll see why.  For my project the trays have become 'frames' for a little set of butterflies......

 .... which makes them look as though they are floating in the frames.

Process steps
Glue two of the frame pieces together and leave one single and paint all of the pieces with a coat of primitive chalky finish paint.

Cut a cellophane bag (still with two pieces together) to fit the inside of the double frame and glue it down.

 Open the cellophane up so that you have lifted the top piece and you're working in the middle of it. Glue on some butterflies. (mine are free images downloaded from the internet).

 Then lay the top piece of cellophane back down adhering it to the outside of the frame and then glue the single top frame over it. You have now encapsulated the butterflies inside the cellophane which makes them look as though they are floating in the frames and are totally protected.

Dip all the pieces in some watery quinacridone gold and add some tissue tape to the outside of the cover.

Stamp alphabet/numbers with black archival ink and scrape gesso randomly down the front and inside left covers.

Create a darker edge to 'frame' the piece by first dabing some watery burnt umber round the edges and spritz with water - heat dry. Then mix some burnt umber with paynes grey and slide the brush around the edges.

Dabble a little burnt umber randomly on the frame, leave to dry naturally - using a heat gun could melt the cellophane!. When dry scrape some white gesso over with a tine palette knife.

Glue the layered frames onto the back cover and add some words on the inside cover .....

..... - mine are computer generated.

Create a butterfly panel as the focus on the front cover, I simply used scraps of patterned papers and butterfly from an ephemera pack. I added another computer generated saying.

There we have the outside covers ......

..... and the inside ones.

So I hope you like my interpretation of the frames theme. If you make anything similar please leave a comment below and add the link to your project so we can see it.

Thanks for stopping by  and have a great week.

hugs Brenda xxx

Bumblebees and Butterflies
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DecoArt fluid media acrylic paints - quinacridone gold, burnt umber, paynes grey
DecoArt media mediums - white gesso, matte medium
DecoArt chalky finish paint - Primitive
Butterfly images
Stamped, bought or computer generated quotes/sayings.

Sunday 27 January 2019

Monochrome week with Lisa

Hi folks. Lisa here and it is my turn for 'Monochrome' week. 

I used the Tando Stationery box with two drawers for my project this week.

Here is what I created...

I then mixed a colour palette of greys using DecoArt black and white gesso and added some thick patterned paper on the lid and the drawer fronts.

To add some embellishments to the I used the Tando small clocks and Tando clock hands. I applied DecoArt crackle paint and DecoArt texture sand paste to the clocks and hands, and adhered them to the box.

Thanks for popping by the Tando blog today,
Toodles for now.

Stationery Box     4 Clocks Small    Clock Hands

Friday 25 January 2019

Monochrome week- by Fiona Randall

Good morning,
it's Monochrome week here at Tando and I have decided to make a quick and simple tag as my inspiration for you.

I started by  applying DecoArt Chalky Finish in Primitive to a Tando Long Tag. I then stamped the edges with the Large decorative stamp from my Favourite Andy Skinner's Textures Stamp Set with black Versafine ink.
Next step was to take a piece of corrugated card and  cut to a tag shape to layer on the long tag base. I stripped back areas on the top and bottom to expose the ridged. This was then given coats of DecoArt Chalky finish in Relic, Primitive and Everlasting and blended to the desired effect. Stamping with Watering Can Archival Ink and Andy Skinners Illusionary Artists Word Up and Numbers  stamp set followed by my favourite Textures Stamp set again to the edges. Stenciling using Andy Skinners Children Stencil came next With DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Carbon Black. A word chip was created by stamping a title using Andy Skinners word up and numbers set and applying to a strip of greyboard then attached to the tag. The finished Tag was then mounted onto the long tag base. A washer from Andy Skinners Industrial Elements kit was given a coat of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic and then glued to the tag before threading through a piece of black leather cord to finish.
Close up Detail.
I hope you have enjoyed this project.
Products Used.

StampendousTextures Stamp Set.


Wednesday 23 January 2019

Mono chrome

Hello, Carol with you today to share my monochrome project…did you see the recent Hochanda show where Di was demo-ing the new sized stencils and the stencil covers… I have used another one to make this:-

As well as a stencil cover, found here, I also used one of the new stencils (found here).

TFL xx

Sunday 20 January 2019

Anything goes week- rusty tag by Monika

I hope you are well.
It's anything goes week and I have decided to make a quick and easy tag as my inspiration for you :)

Firstly I have painted the background using brayer and Decoart medium acrylic paints in Carbon Black, Metallic Silver, Paynes Grey and Quinacridone Gold

Once it was dry I have randomly stamped the background using black archival ink and embossed the ''Have Faith'' sign on the side.

Using puncher I have made two holes in the heart embellishment, I have also distressed the greyboard around the holes a little, then painted all over with Metallic Silver paint, stamped and added few washes to make it look rusty. Before attaching it to the base I have  wrapped it with rusty wire.

I hope you enjoyed this post.
See you next time

Friday 18 January 2019

Anything Goes Week - by Hannah Oxberry

Happy New Year! Welcome to my first Tando blog of 2019, it's "Anything Goes" Week so here is a grungy project featuring my favourite rusty technique.

My project focuses on some of my go to design elements; hearts, cogs and rust! 
The large heart substrate offers something a little bit different on which to build a design, it has been painted in layers of chalky finish with areas rubbed back to give a distressed look. Paper elements have been added as well as Crackle Paste. A wash of Paynes Grey and Quin. Gold ties the layers together.

The main design element of the piece comes in the form of a rusty clock piece. It has been given a rusty treatment with layers of Texture Sand Paste and Media Fluid Acrylics. An acrylic round gives a clear window to the centre of the clock piece. Using a greyboard circle and ring to sandwich the acrylic, a hollow has been formed where clear beads have been captured. These clear beads add movement and texture to the piece.

The layers built up on the heart substrate add to the grungy feel of the piece, and the papers used reflect the sentiment conveyed.

I hope you have enjoyed this project, see you soon!

List of products used:

Large heart substrate
Acrylic Round
Greyboard Circle

Americana Decor Chalky Finish Relic
Americana Decor Chalky Finish Rouge
DecoArt Media Crackle Paste
DecoArt Art Media Texture Sand Paste
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Silver
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Raw Umber
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Yellow Oxide
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold

Misc. Clear Beads, Paper, Glue

Wednesday 16 January 2019

Anything Goes Week- Fiona Randall

Good Morning for my anything goes week project I thought I would share a Vintage/ Patina Effect using Tando's Small Round Box. The Tando Creative Round Box is made from sturdy MDF. It consists of sixteen 1 inch panels Two of which have a circular top and two circular pieces that form the bottom and the top rim of the box.

To start I lined up two sets of  7 panels the way they would appear on the round box then taped them together using masking tape across the back to keep them from moving. I then applied DecoArt Media Modelling paste through a stencil to both sets of panels. When dry a resin star was added to the centre of the stencil design and the masking tape was removed and all panels including the two round top ones and top and bottom pieces were given a coat of DecoArt Chalky finish in Relic. Once dry all pieces were then given a coat of DecoArt Vintage Wash in Patina and wiped back a baby wipe. The raised stencil areas and the stars were then swiped with DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Burnished Brass and buffed to a shine.  Following the instructions that came with the Round Box, I then glued all  the panels in place, To finish DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Burnished Brass was then swiped all around the edges.There you have it! Easy to do and a whole lot of fun to put together.

Close Up View of Detail.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read.
Hugs Fiona.

Products Used.


Monday 14 January 2019

Continuing stencil week

Last week, on the blog, there were lots of great projects showcasing Di's fabulous long stencils and new shaped tags that she took to Hochanda in December. Although it's officially 'Anything Goes' this week I thought I would share a vintage/mixed media style sample I made for her.

 The large star is one Di cut for me last year give a rusty patina look.

The words are computer generated.

The stencil is fabulous, I love numbers (and text) and this is a beauty.

I made a couple other tags of this shape which I hope to also share with you soon.

If you would like to see how this tag came together the details can be found at Bumblebees and Butterflies.

hugs Brenda xx