Thursday, 30 May 2019

24 Play Days- Journal Tag with Fiona Randall

Want to see how to create this fun Journal Tag?
Then head on over to the Tando Creative Zone Facebook Group for the full step by step instructions
HERE including a free for personal use only collage sheet.
Here is the list of products used to create the Tag.
DecoArt Chalky finish in Patina and Yesteryear.
DecoArt Vintage Effects Wash in Patina....
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Paynes grey
Achival Ink Pads in Black and Watering Can
Black and White Posca Pen for Doodling
Sequin Waste.

Monday, 27 May 2019

Layers with Brenda

Here is another of the mini albums that went to Hochanda in March. This is layered up with lace and paint to create a shabby vintage look.

Process steps 

1. Take the mini boards and using matte medium some lace onto the outer covers. Let dry naturally or speed the process up with a heat gun.

2. Add a fine layer of texture sand paste in the gaps between each row of lace and again dry.

3. Take the cover boards and the page inserts and paint everything with a coat of white gesso on both sides.

4. When everything is bone dry sand the edges and any rough spots then use a natural sponge to blend over a neutral palette of media acrylic paints mixing the colours on the project spritzing and blending them together with a babywipe as you go. Dry each layer before adding another. I used burnt umber, titanium white and titan buff.

5. Because I wanted the next layer of watery paint to seep into the recesses and not into the lace I gave the covers a couple of coats of matte medium. When they were dry I dipped and spritzed the washes over them then took some time to add the colours directly into the recesses with a small brush heat drying as I went.

6. Now came the time to add embellishments to the front cover…..

7. …. and to add some collages to each of the pages and some uplifting words.

There are some close ups of the pages today over at Bumblebees and Butterflies if you'd like to see them in more detail.

Keep a look out for other makes with a layered theme this week from my fabulous teamies.

hugs Brenda xxx

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Facebook Live - Technique Tag with Hannah Oxberry

Want to see how to create this bubbly grungy tag? The head over to the Tando Creative Zone to watch the full step by step Facebook Live tutorial. Click the link here.

Don't forget to share your creations to the page!
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Not as it seems week...Hochanda Craftalong kit

Last Sunday Fiona Randall did an amazing job presenting the Craftalong on Hochanda.  This kit is completely designed by Fiona and the design team made some stunning samples.

Me...being me....I like to think outside of the box (excuse the pun) so I created this box using the patterned sheets included in the kit and added a base and embellishments.  It is actually really sturdy.  If you'd like to see the Hochanda Craftalong you can still view it on catchup on their website.

Friday, 17 May 2019

Tando Creative 24 Play Days- Inspiration by Monika Maksym

here's my latest tutorial for the 24 Inspirational Play Days.

You can find the Facebook Live Video in the Tando Creative Zone here:

Paris Tag Video Tutorial 


 Here's the list of ingredients you'll need to recreate this tag:
~Tando size 7 greyboard tag
~ a piece of lace
~Decoart tinting base
~Distress Oxide in Walnut Stain
~Lindys Gang spray in Copper
~Distress Ink in colour Antique Linen
~watercolour or thick mixed media paper
~Paris themed stamps
~ribbon or twine
~ Eiffel tower charm and Paris cabochon
~ Decoart Crackle Paste
~Decoart Heavy Gel Medium
~Decoart Chalky Finish Paint in Restore
~Decoart Media Fluid Acrylic in Burnt Umber
~StazOn in Timber Brown
~Water mixable oil paint in Raw umber

Monika x

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Anything Goes Week - Little Things, Little Book


This week on the Tando Creative blog it is 'Anything Goes' week so I took the opportunity to decorate one of the fab mini books...

* After preparing the surface with gesso I used acrylic paint in yellow and orange to form my main colour.

* Next I used the rings stencil with brown paint and then the dots stencil with gold paint.

* For extra interest I used sepia archival ink with a stamp from France Papillon's London New York set.  Then I stamped out the bee from Creepers and Crawlers and a sentiment.

* To create a closure for the book I used my crop a dile and then added eyelets and some ribbon...

* To complete the cover I used my paint pens to add some doodle dots.

Here are the products I used:

Tando Creative - Mini Book Pack 2
Tando Creative Stencils - Rings; Dots
France Papillon Stamps - London New York; Creepers and Crawlers; Perfect Words

Thank you for looking and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Monday, 13 May 2019

Anything Goes Week - Brenda

ANYTHING GOES - we love it when we get a week where we can share anything we like with you and I have chosen this mini album created by Di for one of her Hochanda shows.
This was  one of the samples I made for her.

Process steps. Pages
1. Cut panels from patterned paper, ink the edges and adhere to the album.
2. When dry sand back the edges and ink again..

3. Use snippets of Tim Holtz  botanical collage paper with decou-page  mate sealer/glue on each panel,sealing the complete surface of each one
4. Sand off any over hangs.

5. Paint the flowers and leaves with watery media fluid acrylics.
6. Add some die-cut leaves, tiny flowers and words.

7. Repeat the same process steps for the front and back covers.

I used small buttons and thin black elastic to make the closures.

Finished front cover

Finished back cover.

 This is such a cute size 8 x 9.5 cms and feels lovely to hold in the hand and is great as a quote book to give someone.

I hope you like this style journal/album.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Crackle week- Mechanical Heart Tag by Monika

Good mornig, it's last day of Tando Crackle Week and I wanted to share my inspiration for You. 


 I have started with punching three holes in my tag, then painting it with Decoart Media Fluid Acrylic paint in Iron Oxide. I have also applied a coat of the same paint on my heart embellishment.

I have tinted Decoart Crackle Paste with Paynes Grey Media Fluid acrylic paint and scraped it randomly all over my tag making sure the layer is nice and thin.

 Once paste was dry and tiny crackles appeared I have stamped my tag with Andy Skinner Tech Trauma stamps and black Archival Ink.

Also, I have added my favourite 'dirty washes' of  Decoart fluids in Quinacridone Gold and Paynes Grey.

I hope you like my inspiration
See you next time
Monika x


Friday, 10 May 2019

Crackle Week - by Hannah Oxberry

Hi all, thank you for joining me here on the Tando Blog! It's Crackle Week and I just love the added texture crackles can bring to your designs.

For my project I thought I would share a design I created for the Craftalong Show with Di and Fiona in a few weeks time.

This gorgeous kit, designed by Fiona Randall, can be used in a whole variety I ways. I included a brightly coloured paper background with black heat embossed pillars against a white backdrop. The kit includes a stencil for the wings, I decided to use this stencil to run crackle paste through to create wonderfully crackled wings!

I added further detail to the design by using modeling paste on the heart and texture paste on the rusty cogs. The wings I painted white and added irridecscent gold to highlight.

I wanted to create contrast in the pillars and picked out pink colours from the backing papers to coordinate with the heart.

I hope you like the project!

Tando Creative 24 Play Days- Technique Tags.- Fiona Randall.

Morning All
Here are my two Technique Tags for the 24 Inspirational Play Days.

You can find the Facebook Live Video in the Tando Creative Zone HERE
You can find the file for step by step instructions to fit to the back of the tags in the Tando Creative Zone HERE
As requested here is the list of products used to create the tags.
Paints and Mediums.
DecoArt Media Tinting Base.
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Raw Umber, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Titanium White, Paynes Grey and Metalic Gold.
Ranger Archival Ink Pad- Watering Can.
Tools List.
Small and medium flat brushes.
Heat Tool
Non Stick Craft Mat
Sea Sponge
Cotton Wool Balls.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Bird Tag for Crackle Week - Jane


This week on the Tando Creative blog we are all about 'Crackle'!

I decided to use one of the tags in my technique binder to create lots of crackle texture in different ways...

After I had prepared my surface with white gesso I mixed a little bit of green gold fluid acrylic with white crackle paint.  Once this had dried I used the long arrows stencil with crackle paste and left it to air dry.

To highlight the cracks I watered down some of the green gold and added it to the tag.

To create a different sort of crackle effect I also used a stamp from Bee Crafty with a crackle pattern along with some archival ink...

To complete my tag I water coloured a couple of Scribbly Bird stamps and added a sentiment...

Here are the products I used...

* Tando Creative - Technique Binder and Tags
* Tando Creative Stencil - Arrows
* Decoart - Fluid Acrylics
* Decoart - Mediums

There will be lots more crackle projects throughout the week from other members of the design team, so do please keep popping back for a look.

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Friday, 3 May 2019

Colour post

Hi, Carol with you today to share with you my May colour post….

The colour palette is:-

lovely and fresh aren't they?

And here is my artist trading coin...

The base is an artist trading coin which was painted using paper artsy fresco acrylic paints.  The rings stencil was used on the base before a Tim Holtz paper doll was added along with a saying.

TFL xx

Thursday, 2 May 2019

24 Inspirational Play Days - Journal Tags

Here are my two tags for the 24 Inspirational Play Days:

You can find the Step By Step photos on the Tando Creative Zone FB page here:

Or by visiting these links:

I Am Strong Tag


I Don't Care Tag

You can also watch the Facebook Live Video that Di did making them HERE.