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Friday, 17 November 2017

Anything Goes - Shrine or Bird House??


A few weeks ago I was meant to be sharing my shrine with you all as part of the Same but Different week, unfortunately due to other events I didn't get my project finished and wasn't able to post in time, so I thought I would share it now as part of the Anything Goes week!

As soon as I received my shrine I thought it would make a perfect little bird house and wanted it to have a colourful feel.  Usually I stick my projects together then decorate, but as I wanted to have decoration both inside and out I decorated all the pieces first.
I used cobalt teal hue fluid acrylic with tinting base to create the main house colour and then stencilled through the numbers mini stencil with the darker shade.  To match in with the numbers I used a number stamp from Wow! with archival sepia ink and finally added some white gesso using bottle tops and an old gift card.

To decorate the roof I first applied structure paste through the criss cross mini stencil and then once dry added burnt umber acrylic and some patina gilding wax...

The house of course needed some birds to live in it so I put together 2 birds using the Whimsical Birds sets 1 and 2.  These were painted using cadmium red, pyrole orange and hansa yellow light then stamped with the number stamp to match the house.  I also wanted to tie in some of the white so used a white Pitt pen to add some extra details.  I decided to add some googly eyes instead of the ones in the set as I just love googly eyes!!...

I put most of the house together and attached the inside bird using large foam pads to make it stand away from the back, then put on the front and roof and then attached the other bird.
To add extra decoration I stamped some flowers from the Dylusions set 'How Does Your Garden Grow?' and the sentiment from Dina Wakely's 'Scribbly Birds' set.  These were all cut out and then coloured with distress inks before being attached...

This is why I love Tando Creative products so much, as they can become whatever you want them to be and take many different mediums so well!

The products I used can be found on the Tando Creative website by clicking on the links below...

* Shrine 1
* Whimsical Birds 1
* Whimsical Birds 2
* Mini Stencil - Numbers
* Mini Stencil - Criss Cross
* Decoart Fluid Acrylics
* Decoart Tinting Base

Thank you for reading and happy crafting!

Jane xx

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Christmas door hanger: Anything goes week with Irit

Hello my dear crafty friends!
Welcome to my Anything goes weekly project here on Tando  blog.
I made the fancy, shabby style Christmas door hanger.

This Tando door hanger was covered with DecoArt Media line paints and mediums over the texture paste
 masked snowflakes images (mostly seen on the handle on the top).
Large grid chipboard piece was painted with gesso and some crackle paste and added as the middle layer .
Then the embellishment cluster was made from cardstock, flowers, clay frame and metal trinket.

 Tando products used:
Mini mask Snowflakes
Mini Mask - Snowflakes

Door hanger Style B
Door Hangers style B

Grid Moroccan
Mask - Grid Moroccan

DecoArt Media line 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Anything Goes Week - Nikki's Backwards Crackle Technique.

Hi everyone,

After a fab weekend at the Ministry of Mixology treat, I promised to share my 'Backwards Crackle' technique with you, and as it's anything goes week here at Tando it seemed a perfect time, so you can all see the process.

Step 1.
Peel back just ONE side of the plastic on your acrylic piece.  This protects the front from any paint spills, or scratching, but mostly stops you peeking until the end reveal!  (It's more fun that way).

Step 2.
Stamp your image in Carbon Black paint.  Put a small amount on your craft mat and spread thinly, then 'ink' up your stamp as you would with an inkpad, and stamp.

Step 3.
Colour your image all over but without going out of the lines.  I used Pyrrole red inside the heart.

Step 4.
Give another layer of colour inside the heart.  Because the Media Line paints are slightly transparent, you will still see your second colour coming through.  I put a layer of the new 'Extreme Sheen' metallic bronze here.

Step 5.
Water down a bit more of the bronze paint very slightly (or any colour you have chosen), and 'splatter' the whole of your piece.  I repeated this process 4 times, in different colours, drying between each colour so they don't turn to mud.

Step 6.
Paint a complete layer of Americana Crackle medium over the painting done so far.  This is a chalk crackle medium and only works with the chalk paints.  It also won't crackle what you have painted already, only what is put on top.  Wait until completely dry before the next step.

Step 7.
Take a chalk paint in a chosen colour, I used Timeless, and give a quick, even coat over the crackle.  Don't rub the paintbrush up and down, or it takes the crackle off, it needs to be a swift, even coat, not going back over places already done.  Wait while it crackles before your eyes.  Leave to dry.

Step 8.
For a final coat and to see through the crackle, choose a contrasting colour of paint.  For this layer it doesn't have to be a chalk paint, it can be any, but I used Treasure in the chalk paints.

Step 9.
When dry, peel back the front cover on your acrylic to reveal!

Step 10.
Working on the front of your piece now, take some embossing ink, I used Versafine Dazzle here, as you can see where you stamp it as it has a shimmer, and works really well on acrylic.  Emboss in a fine powder, I used a faded gold colour.

Add some wire and beads of your choice (mine are skulls of course).


Here are a couple more versions I was playing with :)  You can use any paints, as long as the chalk crackle has a chalk paint as it's next layer, the rest of the paints can be anything.

Hope you like it and have fun playing.

Best Wishes,

Nikki K. xx

Products Used:

Tando Creative Acrylic Media Boards (holes added by drilling)
DecoArt Media Line Acrylic paints: Pyrrole Red, Green Gold, Metallic Gold, Carbon Black.
DecoArt Chalk paints: Timeless, Treasure
DecoArt Americana Crackle Medium
Versafine Dazzle Embossing Ink

All of the above apart from embossing ink are available from

Monday, 13 November 2017

Anything goes...

Hello, Carol with you today welcoming you to our "anything goes" week here at Tando Creative.

Today I'm sharing this Eileen Hull journal cover….

The base is recycled packaging which had texture paste added thro' the criss cross stencil.  A wash of white and brown acrylic paint was then added.  Distress ink was used on the edges and thro' the sequin waste stencil.  Rub ons were then added along with treasure gold.

A bird was made up from the Whimsical bird 2 set.  This was painted using acrylic paint and then white paint was used to stencil the wings, crown, face and edge of body.  Once dry, doodling was added along with glossy accents.

Thank you for visiting today, do pop back during the week to see some more "anything goes…" pieces.

Carol xx

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Silently the snowflakes fall - Brenda

Hi it's Brenda here at the end of  'Embossing' week with a stand up card. 
I'm actually in Coventry today at the Ministry of Mixology event with Di and Tony and the inimitable Andy Skinner which also means I get to meet up with some of my lovely teamies too.

Anyway back to business. Di has cut me some boards the exact size I wanted for these cards and I used them last night for my demos and 'Make and Take', I'll show you that one later in December as it's another Christmas themed one.

With embossing in mind I wanted to use the embossing resist technique which I have tried before with the decoart media acrylics and with some success but ...........

....... I stamped the snowflakes over two coats of gesso with versamark and sprinkled and heated the embossing powder and then realised it was very sticky. Oh oh I had picked up the wrong powder, hmmmm what to do? So I got out my foils and thinking gold would look rather nice I just went for it.
I used titan buff, raw umber and burnt umber paints and blended them over with blending foam and scrubbed away with paper towel to take it off of the embossed areas.

When I heat dried the snowflakes the embossing reheated and I added more foil which brought it back to life - hey happy accidents are great aren't they?

I finished off with some snowflakes from the Tando shop which I painted with champagne gold dazzling metallics from DecoArt plus one die-cut and one punched and added some champagne coloured gems.

I knew that a quote from my lovely friend Alison Bomber who fit perfectly and I mounted it on gold and then on an offcut of canvas type fabric daubed with white gesso and tied round some rustic ribbon, string and a shabby bow.

I made a stand for the card so it can sit on a shelf or the mantelpiece over Christmas but I know this will go to a good crafty friend this year.

Thanks for stopping by and if you'd like to see more of the process photos you will find them over at Bumblebees and Butterflies.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

hugs Brenda xxx

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Using Embossing Powders - Antiquey Book

It's embossing powders week here on the Tando Creative blog and it's an element I love to work with.

For my project I have created a cute little antique style book from greyboard ATCs. To the centre of the cover I added one of the round greyboard bookplates surrounding a vintage photo. I have layered silver and aged gold embossing powders from Stampendous to give an oxdised metal appearence to the bookplate. I have also introduced clear embossing powder to the centre of the bookplate to give the vintage photo a sheen.

The covers have been built up in layers of DecoArt Chalky Finish paints, rubbing back areas to reveal the colours underneath. I have also use the Chalky Finish Crackle Medium to give the covers a truly weathered and worn look. Silver embossing powder has been used to edge to covers, with little bits sprinkled across the cover to create interest.

The book has been bound with string and brown paper pages add to the aged look.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Embossing Week- Mini Winter Home Arch

Winter Home Arch by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Hi! Dana here today sharing the Winter home arch I created for the Embossing theme this week. This small arch is one of the inner cut arches from the Triple Arch Layered Frame. I love to use the inner cut pieces from Tando designs for additional projects. This layered frame comes with 9 inner cut arches, and I'm looking forward to creating a series of mini home arches for the season in a similar style.

I used DecoArt acrylic paint to add color to the arch, plus a Mini Holly, an Arthur Number, and a small door from a Mini Beach Hut. After gluing all the pieces together, I brushed on a layer of clear crackle paint. I embellished the edges of this arch with Stampendous Spoonful of Snow for a frosty finish.

You can find the products I used for this project in the Tando Creative Retail Store. We'd love to see your creativity! Share your work with us in Tando's Creative Zone on Facebook.