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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Anything Goes with Lisa

Hi folks, Lisa here and welcome to my blog post for today. It's an 'anything goes' week at Tando this week. 
So, I chose to play with the Tando Ministry of Mixology Kate Crane Journal. Everyone loves a journal, but creating your own cover makes it even more personal and I had so much fun with this project.

Here is my creation...

Firstly, I chose lots of different fabrics and ribbons with lots of texture such as lace and hessian. I adhered these bits to the front cover of the journal, layering and overlaying different pieces to create lots of texture. And because there was so many layers to stick, I adhered them with matte heavy gel medium rather than a standard glue. 

I then raided my trinket box - which is masssiivvvveee!! It is full of metal embellishments, fabric and paper flowers, buttons, broken jewellery bits, cameos... along with bits and pieces of allsorts and everything. So, I had a good rummage and pulled out a few items.

I then arranged, re-arranged and re-arranged the trinket finds on to the journal cover. Again, using the matte heavy gel medium I adhere the embellishments on to the cover.  

When all the embellishments were fixed in to place, I covered the entire journal front with DecoArt black Gesso and left to dry. 

Then came the fun bit... I pulled out a selection of colours of DecoArt Media Acrylic paints. I used Blue Green Light,Cobalt Teal Hue, Colbalt Turquoise Hue, Primary Cyan, Yellow Green Light along with white and black DecoArt Gesso

After splashing a bit of paint about until I was happy, I let everything dry. Then I applied a couple of coats of DecoArt Media Ultra Matte Varnish to make sure everything looked ultra matte and to add a bit of protection to the cover. 

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my latest creation. If you would like to leave a comment please do so, I love to hear what you think. 
If you would like to pop over to my blog the link is here...
Toodles for now,
Lisa xxx 

Here is everything I used, which is all available from the Tando website

Ministry of Mixology Kate Crane Journal      Media: White Gesso   Media: Black Gesso   Media: Ultra Matte   Fluid Acrylics: Blue Green Light   Fluid Acrylics: Cobalt Teal   Fluid Acrylics: Cobalt Turquoise   Fluid Acrylics: Primary Cyan   Fluid Acrylics: Yellow Green Light

Saturday, 21 October 2017

step-by-step with Lisa - Christmas box scene

Hello, Lisa here and welcome to a special blog post for Tando Creative. This post is a step-by-step to how I created the Tando Creative Christmas Scene Box kit.

Here is my final creation...


You can find my Step-by-step instructions *here*.. 

Some close-ups....

Everything I used is at the bottom of the blog post and is available from the Tando website.

Thank you so much for having a toot at my step-by-step creation. If you would like to pop over to my blog, the link is here... Leave a comment if you wish as I love to read your thoughts.
Toodles for now,
Lisa x 

Boxed Scene    Snowflake Mask    Fluid Acrylics: Cobalt Turquoise    Fluid Acrylics: Gold Metallic    Fluid Acrylics: Phthalo Green-Yellow    Media: White Gesso    Media: White Modelling Paste    Metallic Lustre: ORANGE FLICKER

Friday, 20 October 2017

Anything Goes - Vintage Autumn

Hi, it's Brenda here today joining in with the 'Anything Goes' week with an autumn make using one of the long tags as the base and bits from other packs to embellish it. I used DecoArt products that sell in the shop too as they are my favorite 'go-to' paints and mediums, particularly the media line.

I have layered several elements and used different techniques on them, starting with the tag where I have dipped and dried watery washes of colours and stamped in paint.

The media board with the hole was painted with paint and white crackle paint then given a wash of cobalt turquoise.

I decided to use texture sand paste on the gasket and grunged it up to give it a more timeworn and aged look.

The leaves have been painted and dipped and dried....

.... and I used all the reds and orange to paint the brick grid.

I love the vintage style and added a photo booth picture to bring that look to the whole piece.

You'll see from the product list all the Tando elements I used and if you click on any of them you will be transported to the shop to see their details. Can you see the one I ended up not using?

Thanks for popping by and if you'd like to see the process steps in further detail and with more photos please join me at Bumblebees and Butterflies.

hugs Brenda xxx

Mammoth Mechanical substrates kit

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Something Wonderful Mixed Media canvas

  Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my new Anything goes Tando post.
Today I am going to share the 8*8'' Mixed Media canvas made with background stencils and a lot of Tando chipboards that were stamped and heat embossed over them.
First I added the background texture with texture paste and stencils  and glued a few cardstock pieces with DCWV old cardstock collection. 
Then the whole piece was painted with DecoArt  Media Line acrylic paints.
It's almost impossible to stamp over this heavy textured canvas, so I stamped the flowers stamps over the white tissue paper and glued them on the bottom of the canvas with DecoArt gel medium.

Now I decided to stamp over small flowers and butterflies bare chipboards and I just used the large stamps and stamped on the chipboards " as is". I used black pigmented ink (Memento Luxe) and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
Then I colored the heat embossed chipboards with more acrylic paint and you can see that the butterflies are pretty much similar to the large ones on the bottom even with this partial stamping due the chipboard shapes size.

 The sentiment is the most gorgeous Rubber Dance one and I hand cut it to the strips to make the " canvas look" for the sentiment.

 Then two large and full size butterflies were stamped, colored and glued over the canvas.
 Tando products used to make this project:
3 panel wall art- Trees and Butterflies
3 Panel Wall Art - Trees, Butterflies and Flowers

 Mask Long Flourish
Mask - Long Flourish
Minis Butterflies
Tando Mini's - Butterflies

 DecoArt Media line products

I hope that you like my fancy colorful Mixed Media canvas and see you in a week with more Tando inspiration!

Wednesday, 18 October 2017


We at Tando HQ have thought it would be nice for you to have step-by-step instructions for a project using each of the KITS that we sell.  This will be build up into a lovely library for you to draw on.  The instructions will be linked to through  a page at the top where you will, in time, find a list.

So here is the .....THE VILLAGE IN A BOX KIT

This isn't as difficult a kit as it looks, all the pieces fit together nicely and there aren't too many of them. You can theme it in lots of different ways and colours! I have chosen to use brights so that it shows up better for the tutorial.
Enjoy, Karen x