Thursday, 4 September 2014

Tando Creative endless opportunities.

More or less 5 years ago a brand new paper crafting product came onto the Market.   High quality strong and durable Chipboard.   This board came laser cut shapes intended I think for scrapbookers, arch shapes, inches, twinchies simple basic shapes that would take a battering.

The owner/designer Di Oliver a paper crafter herself got some of her friends to test the products and write about them on their blogs.   It was from one of these blogs that I learned of the product and went looking for retail sources.   My early efforts were with the arches and the jig saw pieces.




Over the last few years the range has grown and now includes many 3D projects, a much wider range of shapes and elements that can be used for all manner of crafting projects.   Flexible and strong masks were soon added to the range these match and compliment the chip board extending the possibilities.



Late 2010 I was invited to join the design team for Tando Creative, giving me the opportunity to test, experiment with and explore the opportunities the range provide.    There was even the opportunity to write the first tutorials these were in the form of a book made of 6' square chipboard stamped embossed coloured heated and goodness only knows what else on each side.   The finished book can be seen here.

The adventure continued with more and different projects.   Mobiles proved to be successful.  2012 was  a terrific year for GB for the Craft Barn extravaganza that year the Tando team laid on GB themed projects.  Below are 3 of my samples for the event show casing the then new buttons, another whole raft of opportunities and ideas.




Later in 2012 life got rather complicated with work being done in the house the demands of the design team became to much and I stepped down from the team but the pleasure taken in Tando products remains and it is a delight to try new additions to the range when they become available.

This is one such, a book cover.


The kit comes as a 6" square project with front and back boards and a 3/4" spine.   To complete the cover there is a laser cut topper for the front.   I painted this topper with pearlised paints in different colours and several layers to get deep rich colours.   Behind this is a 6" thin metal sheet hand embossed with using a TSS mould and tools.   Decorative tape helps hold the structure together with paper from my stash lining it all on the inside.    Sweetpea stamps provided the steampunk bee stamped with Stayzon onto foil lined card.   

Recently Tando Creative opened their own on line shop Tando Creative Retail  where the entire range is available.

The book cover is my entry into
Altered Eclectics - A monthly challenge where anything altered goes (except cards).
Rhedds Creative Spirit - The other monthly challenge where anything altered goes (except I think cards)



7 comments:

  1. Beautiful pieces with the wonderful Tando shapes Zoe. I don't recall seeing the jigsaw work of art before--it is terrific

    Love Chrissie x

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  2. Awe Zoe! What a lovely write up about Tando! Thank you so much sweetheart x

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  3. I love the Tando range too! the iridescent green is beautiful - just in time for the new school term! Many thanks for joining the Rosie’s Creative Spirit challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

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  4. Love your book cover, great colours in it.

    Thank you for joining us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit.

    Moira DT xx

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  5. This is fabulous - love it hun..Thank you for sharing with us Altered Eclectics this month and hope to see you in future challenges
    Hugz Elaine aka Ellapu x

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  6. This is fabulous, would love to get my hands on some Tando they look such fun. You have made an awesome job.

    Thank you for coming over and join in with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xx (DT Member)

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  7. Your book cover is beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics September Challenge.

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