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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Torn Heart Tag

Hi everyone I hope you are all well I have just come home from spending an the weekend at Ministry Of Mixology what an amazing weekend it was. For those of you who were there I hope you enjoyed it as much as the team did.

I have for you today a Tag using Tags, & cogs from the new cog sheets @ Tando. The main focal point is a triple embossed heart using a stamp from Chocolate Baroque & a custom mix of embossing  
powder from Stampendous. 

Once I had triple embossed the heart I used black antiquing cream over it knocking it back once dry then repeated the step with patina antiquing cream. 

I then went in and rusted it all up along the tear with Quinacridone gold and translucent yellow iron oxide. A little touch with pewter Treasure Gold.

I took one of the cogs from the cog sheet and distressed it next I gave it washes with Paynes Grey followed by Media Interference - Turquoise and a touch of quinacridone gold.

For the tag a lot of pastes and torn embossed card was applied to the tag this was allowed to dry then was given a coat of timeless chalk finish paint then Prussian blue hues and raw umber was applied and spritzed back. 

Metal cogs were applied to finish of along with crackled numbers. I hope you all enjoyed  this post and let me know what you think.

 Tando Tags and cogs sheet.

Raw Umber, Prussian Blue Hue, Timeless chalky finish paint, Quinacridone Gold, Paynes grey, 
Media Interference - Turquoise, Crackle paint, modelling paste & 2 step crackle.

Frantage encrusted silver, clear chunky embossing powders.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Anything goes - Mini Library

Hello!!!!!!  For this 'Anything Goes' week I am showing you all the mini books from the *Mini Books Mega Pack* that I have made up (except the tall ones which are in another post).  I have also made up the very cute *Mini Book Store* to put them in!  I have kept the book store fairly plain as, for me, the mini books are the stars.

I used different way to decorate the books, just to show you what can be done on something so small!  On the bottom shelf are the larger ones (8x8cm) which have a cleverly designed bendy spine so it comes all in one piece.  I made three of these....

Using a stencil and modelling paste...

Paint and a bit of crackle....

Modelling paste again and a bit of crackle....
The smaller 6x6cm books come in 3 pieces so you need to add a piece around the spine to hold it together.  I have used fabric and lace for these.
This one has been run through an embossing folder...
I only used fabrics for this one...

Modelling paste through a stencil with a stamped and cut out butterfly...
This last one was covered with patterned paper and lace and has a wrap round string tie.  Not too sure about this one at all.
I have so many ideas and not enough books in the pack :-D  I must get some more!!!!!
No matter which way you decorate these little books have fun and do get the bookcase for them as they all look fabulous in there!!!
Take care, Karen xxx

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Texture week using Cogs Mega Pack with Lisa

Lisa here with my blog post for Tando Creative, This weeks theme is 'Texture'.

The Tando kit I used for this project was the Cogs Mega Pack.

I used DecoArt crackle paint, modelling paste and texture sand paste along with DecoArt Premium Acrylic Paints.

Thanks for popping by.
Toodles for now,
Lisa x
Link to my blog is here if you fancy a toot.

All the products I have used are available on the Tando Website.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Texture Paste Week - Rusty Heart Tag by Hannah

Hi all, Hannah here with a texture paste tag! 

What I love most about the crafting world is just how much it's members love to share. I have been taking part in a swap hosted by Let's Be Creative, we were allocated at random partners who we had to create a piece of art for. I felt this make would be ideal! 

I have built my design on one of the Tando Long Tags, these make a great base for projects as there is enough space to play about with different layouts. 
The texture paste really comes in to its own if you want to create a 3D rust effect. Use a palette knife to roughly spread a generous amount of texture paste onto your embellishments and set to one side to dry. Build your rusty washes over the embellishments (once the paste is dry!) to give a true rust finish, complete with a rusty texture!

For the embellishments I added a heat embossed layer to give further dimension and even more rusty appeal! The heart is then wrapped in rusty wire to continue the theme.

I have mounted a sentiment from Andy Skinners Illusionary Artists Word Up & Numbers stamp set in the book plate from his Industrial Elements collection. As with everything on this tag, this too has been given a rusty and weathered look.

I hope you have enjoyed this project - happy crafting!
Hannah x x x

List of products used;

Friday, 13 April 2018

Texture Week at Tando - with Nikki

Morning everyone,

I have a little video for you today, it was shot at the Stitches Trade show so I hope you can see/hear it ok, but I wanted to share with you the fab stencils that Di has done, that are thicker than normal stencils (they are acrylic), and give AMAZING texture when used with Modelling Paste, Sand Texture Paste, etc.

I have added a couple of pics at the end to show the difference between the normal stencils and the deeper ones, so you can see for yourself!

This is the fab texture you get with the Acrylic Brick Stencil:

And this is with the Mini Mask Brick stencil:

To get this brick effect, it's just a simple layer of Burnt Sienna paint, and then a wash of Burnt Umber, or Raw Umber on the darker one.  The 'brick's were then stamped with a texture stamp, to portray worn old bricks, and then I stamped with Andy's 'Unexplained' stamps.

The cobbles were similar, a coating of grey, then a wash of Payne's Grey, and then dry brushed with white to highlight.

Have a good week,

Best Wishes,


Materials Used:
Tando Creative Mixed Media Boards.
Bricks Acrylic Stencil
Cobbles Acrylic Stencil
Mini Bricks Stencil
Unexplained Stamp set - Andy Skinner
Toxic Stamp set - Andy Skinner
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics
DecoArt Media Modelling Paste.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Textured Heart Tag


This week the theme on the Tando Creative blog is texture paste so I thought I would use a couple of my favourite types plus one that is new for me...

Because I wanted to use 3 different textures I decided to build up a tag using some different Tando Creative elements.  Most of them come from the Andy Skinner Eldaro kit with an extra large cog from the Industrial Elements and a smaller cog from the mini cogs selection.
I wanted to use some brighter colours but also still have a bit of a grungy effect so to start I coated all the pieces with some black gesso.
Using a palette knife I applied crackle paste to the heart.  Once dry it was painted using pyrole red then black antiquing cream added and once dried wiped back...

The large and smaller cog parts had sand texture paste added all over.  For this I just dabbed it on with my fingers.  Once this was dried I added burnt umber, burnt sienna and diarylide yellow paints.  Phthalo turquoise was then dry brushed across the top.  The wings were painted using pyrole orange and hansa yellow light to create a sunburst effect and then stamping using the Andy Skinner steampunk set was added using black archival ink...

The main tag was stencilled using the clear modelling paste (a new one for me) through the distressed sequins stencil.  Once dry I used a few shades of blue and attempted to rub back the colour on the stencilled areas.  This had varying success as I think I left the paint to dry for too long.  I added some gold gilding wax at the end to help bring the texture out.  Some more stamping was also added to the tag to match the wings...

Once all the pieces were glued together I added a sticker sentiment which I coloured with a blue paint wash and some ink around the edges.  Finally some rusty wire was attached to make a hanger.

Here are the links to the main products used:

* Andy Skinner Eldaro
* Andy Skinner Industrial Elements
* Distressed Sequins 4x4 Stencil
* Mini Cogs
* Decoart Texture Sand Paste
* Decoart Clear Modelling Paste
* Decoart White Crackle Paste
* Decoart Black Gesso
* Decoart Media Acrylic Paints
* Andy Skinner Steampunk Stamp Set

Thank you for looking and happy crafting,

Jane xx

Monday, 9 April 2018

Texture Paste with Tando

Hi everyone Dee here with my make for texture paste week. I have used a variety of both modelling, crackle paste, Deco Art Ferro paste graphite & Stamperia glass paste ice effect. All my work is about texture and layers and to me texture paste is anything that creates texture from crackle pastes to liquid glass as it all creates a 3d structure to which we as 'artists' turn and manipulate into our art.
I started with cutting card into random square/rectangle pieces and sticking them onto a tag, I followed this with a layer of gesso. When it had dried I then applied both modelling paste and crackle paste with my palette knife. I allowed this to dry naturally.
I used very watery , washes of quinacridone gold, Prussian blue hue, Phthalo Blue, transparent yellow oxide, Dioxide purple. I applied the Stamperia glass paste through a Tando small flourish stencil and allowed to dry. Once dry I swiped it with pewter treasure gold.
I used a pallet knife to apply the graphite ferro to the circles substrate so that it would be at varying levels of thickness when dry so giving an uneven texture to the circles. I highlighted this with Treasure Gold as the Dragonfly from #France Papillon's Creepers and Crawlers plate was going to rest on top of it. I triple embossed Frances Dragonfly with # Stampendous embossing powders & coloured some frayed ribbon I layered it all up underneath the Dragonfly.
I hope you all enjoyed my post today thank you for taking the time to pop by.
Please let me know any questions you might have.
Cheers Dee X