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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Anything Goes - A Divided Box


It is Anything Goes week on the Tando Creative blog so I decided it was about time that I decorated my Kate Crane Divided Box that has been sitting waiting for a while!

I always need more storage and it will also give me somewhere to display my decorated tags and boards when they are made...

To complete this I did all my painting and stamping before sticking the box together at the end.
First I gave all the pieces a light coat of tinting base as I didn't want anything too thick that would stop the elements fitting correctly.
Next I used a brayer to apply acrylic paint.  I used 3 colours and dried each layer in between to stop the colours from muddying together...

Once the paint had been dried thoroughly I used the Marks stamp set by Stampendous with Archival ink.  I started by using some of the stamps with coloured ink that matched the paint then finished with the crosses in black ink for contrast. 
Then I put the box together using a strong white glue and added gold gilding wax to the edges.
The final touch was to cover the book plate with gilding wax and then use some clear backed word stickers on the front, putting one behind the book plate.  To finish I added a couple of enamel dots...

Here are the links to the main products used...

* Divided Box
* Marks Stamp Set

Happy crafting,

Jane xx

Monday, 15 January 2018

Time to Love wall decor with Irit

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my new Tando blog post. Irit is here today.
This time I made a wall decoration made on the base of Tando clock chipboard and tied the twine around it for the spot of my  embellishments cluster. 

The whole piece was glued first with Gel medium and when dry it was covered with black gesso.
Then it was painted with a mix of DecoArt gold  and copper metallic paints with different textures.
Stampendous Encrusted embossing powders were added using Jewel Bronze kit . Most of the surface was covered then with Crackle glaze and then waxes were used to get this metallic effect.

The paper and silk flowers were painted over just in the same way and got this same metallic look.
 The heart cluster was made with layers of Tando chipboards one over another and the full list can be seen in the product list.

Product list:
3 clocks in 1

Textures 1

Textured Hearts

Steampunk Wings and Cogs

Frantage Jewel Kit: BRONZE

I hope that you like this wall deco and see you soon with another Tando project.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Faux Metal with Lisa

Hi folks, Lisa here and welcome to my blog post for Tando. This week we have been faking it, or rather faux-ing it! Faux metal is the theme. 

And here is my creation...

I used one of the tags from the Tando tags mega bundle and gave it a coat of DecoArt white Gesso.

I added a good thick layer of DecoArt Texture Sand paste around the edges of the tag and allowed it to dry. 

I painted the tag with the new DecoArt Americana Premium Acrylic Paints using Quinacridone Gold, Paynes Grey, Pyrrole Red, Cobalt Turquoise, Diarylide Yellow.

I stamped a scratch stamp with brown ink in random areas over the tag to add some texture.

I used one of the stamps from Andy Skinner's Unexplained stamp set and stamped it along the edge of the stamp with brown ink then over the top with black ink. 

To finish, I wrapped so rusty coloured twine around the hole of the tag.

Here is everything I used...

UNEXPLAINED rubber stamp setQuinacridone Gold Premium    Paynes Grey Premium    Pyrrole Red Premium    Cobalt Turquoise Premium    Diarylide Yellow Premium   Image result for technique tuesday stamps scratch

Thanks for popping by the Tando blog today, leave me a comment if you wish, 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 x 

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Fax Metal(s)

Hi. it's Brenda here and I would like to say Happy New Year to you all from me.

My sample for this week's theme of 'Faux Metal' includes probably one of the most simplest ways you will find for creating a TARNISHED SILVER  look. I have been teaching this very quick technique recently for part of a workshop project and when the frame I used it on is layered with other elements it looks really quite cool.

My Tando make for the theme has the Tarnished Silver technique on the clock - it's so easy - but I've also used metallic lustres, other media paints and gesso to create this overall metallic look to the piece and added an easel die cut on the back

Firstly take the media board (cut from Tando greyboard) and give it a coat of black gesso to seal it and dry. Then paint a coat of media silver acrylic paint and dry before stamping with shapes and text (I used the Andy Skinner Steampunk set).

I wanted to keep the silver feel to this background so I mixed some gesso with the silver paint and when the ink was perfectly dry I rubbed it all over with my finger whilst spritzing it with water. I then dabbed a piece of kitchen roll into it to remove quite a lot of the paint before heat drying it. I also distressed the edges.
I will nearly always distress/sand the edges of my pieces and use distress inks to frame the substrate  also to give it a lovely timeworn look.

Take the clock  - you can use chipboard or die-cuts for this technique - and paint it with black gesso, heat dry and then give it a rough coat of media silver acrylic paint. When that is dry randomly sand the edges so that you go back to the black or the original board and then blend in a dark brown distress ink. If you need to lighten some of the silver rub a very little of the silver paint or silver metallic lustre in random places to bring back some of the shine. That's it!!!!!!

 The inner circle of the clock was first painted with the silver paint, sanded and scratched and rubbed over with a little elegant emerald metallic lustre then covered with ground espresso distress ink. I flicked it with water and then dried it and repeated a second time.

The large cog was painted with media acrylic gold paint and sealed with ultra matte varnish. I lightly sanded some edges rubbed in vintage photo distress inks then also rubbed over some black shimmer metallic lustre and then dipped it in water and dragged a dry wetwipe over it ro remove some. I still
have a bit of a silvery effect on it. To finish I added some stamped scratches using Andy's Toxic set.

The heart was painted with a custom mix of paints which gave me a gorgeous bronze shade. This chart shows the stages it went through to achieve the final colour.

A coat of the custom colour. a mix of silver and black stencilled through the Tando cog stencil and then some splatters of silver and the silver/gesso mix finished it off.

The number was simply painted with black gesso, rubbed with a little silver spark metallic lustre and then the edges distressed with sand paper and vintage photo distress ink rubbed in.

The word was also painted with black gesso, stippled with the natural sponge and the silver/gesso mix and distressed.

Well I hope you have enjoyed the Faux Metals theme this week and that it's given you some inspiration for your own projects.

Thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx


Friday, 12 January 2018

Faux Metal Week - "Patina Pulse Tag" by Hannah

Hi all, Hannah here with my first post of 2018! 

There are a range of paint techniques and styles that can give an effective look of metal in a few simple steps. I have detailed a couple in a tag design below!

The tag features two metal work techniques and is created using DecoArt paints.

The greyboard tag has been embossed using a metal effect embossing folder. Painted silver, washes have been layered up to give an aged look to the base. The washes pool in the embossed areas to give added interest.

The industrial wings have been painted in a copper base and aged with a patina lightened with chalk paint and greens to give depth to the effect.

The sentiment for the tag has been framed with an industrial element, painted in the same technique.

Tando products used;

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Faux Metal week with Nikki

Hi everyone,

It's my turn today here on the Tando Blog, for Faux Metal week.  I inevitably included a lot of rust!

The background is a media board, stencilled with modelling paste, painted in silver, and then a wash of Payne's Grey with a little salt added.  Rub off the salt when dry for a weathered metal look.  I added Quinacridone Gold in certain areas and to the edges, and put some on thick in places, so that when heat dried it bubbled up, giving extra texture.

I gave a pair of wings Andy's Skinner's Rust treatment - and bound them in rusty wire.  The skull was a resin skull I had at home, painted in silver and then antiqued with Black Antiquing Cream.  I added some black stencilling to the background, just a couple of 'marks'.

I gave a book plate (minus it's bottom scroll) a quick rust technique in just two colours, Raw Umber and Pyrrole Orange, and the same with a couple of 'screws'.  Toxic Hazard was stamped onto card, and aged with Yellow Iron Oxide, then cut to fit the book plate.  Onced fixed to the background I added two holes to the top of my board with a Cropodile, and added some more rusty wire with curls.

I had great fun making this guy :)  Hope you like him too.  Don't forget to check out the rest of the team's makes this week too.

Happy Crafting,

Nikki K.

Products Used:

Tando Creative -
Book Plates
Media Board
Rusty Wire

DecoArt Media -
Quinacridone Gold
Payne's Grey
Metallic Silver
Yellow Iron Oxide
Black Antiquing Cream
Tinting Base
Modelling Paste
Sand Texture Paste

Andy Skinner Stamp -

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Faux Metal - A Clockwork Bird!

Hello and Happy New Year!!

When thinking about what I wanted to use for my faux metal project I had a look through my fab Tando goodies and when I saw the whimsical birds I knew that was what I wanted to create with!
Whenever I think of metal and birds I am always reminded of the clockwork owl in the original Clash of the Titans film, so that is what I used as my inspiration for this hanging tag...

I started by using the criss cross stencil and some modelling paste onto the tag as it gives a great metal look.  Then I painted all the pieces with black gesso as the base...

I did not want all my 'metal' to be the same so decided to use silver, gold and copper to create some contrast and got out my metallic paints and some chunky embossing powders.

The paint was stippled on with a stencil brush to give a more metallic look and then versamark randomly and roughly applied from the pad around the edges of the pieces.  Then the powder was added and heated (a bit of a messy affair with the chunky powders!)...

Once it had all cooled and dried the pieces were layered up onto the tag and stuck down with glue gel.

The sentiment from Dylusions was stamped and embossed with detail silver powder onto black card before being cut out and added.

Finally two holes were punched into the top using a crop a dile so that a metal wire hanger could be added...

I really love these quirky birds and think the faux metal look gives them a bit of a different feel.

I used the following products available on the Tando Creative website...

* Whimsical Birds 2
* Tag
* Cogs Minis
* Black Gesso
* Decoart Metallic Paints
* Stampendous Embossing Powders

I hope you have a lovely rest of the week and thank you for looking :)

Happy Crafting,

Jane xx