Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Happy Birthday Tando - Printers Tray

For my Tando Happy 3rd Birthday Piece I decided to make up this printers tray....

Its size means that you can make this up as a card for very special occassions...

To go into it I have used:-
From the Tando Range:- Mini Leaves 2
 Tando Mini's - Leaves 2
Mini Flowers 
Tando Mini's - Flowers
 Mini Butterflies
 Tando Mini's - Butterflies
Mini Keys
 Tando Mini's - Keys

Further supplies needed:-
Acryllic paint
small frame
distress inks and stains
embossing enamel
glossy accents/crackle glaze
white and black pens

When I start these frames I always decide which orientation to use once decided:-....
Adhere all the cut out pieces together and paint with acryllic paint and leave to one side to dry.
Take the back plate and paint with acryllic paint once dry  use a mask and distress stain to add defination to the base.  Once dry  adhere the frame to back plate using strong glue then clamp until completely dry.

Take the legs (stand) and colour using the distress thro' your die cutting machine with an emossing plate and dry emboss.  Rub back gently using a sanding block then add colour using a matching distress ink...

You will then have something like this:-

Using your Tando elements add colour using the medium of your choice - for this example I have coloured the butterflies, flowers and leaves using distress inks...these have then been outlined using black and white pens before having a layer of glossy accents added.
The keys have been enamelled using frantage embossing enamel.
The three has had pieces of bling attached.
The frame was a gold one in my stash that I have coloured using alcohol ink,  The happy birthday is a stamp which has been used on text paper coloured using distress ink.

Once prepped you should have this:-

Play with the elements until you are happy with the layout and then adhere using the adhesive of your choice - here I have used strong pva and silicone glue.

This is my finished result - would love to see any creations you come up with.


Any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

TFL, Carol

Now.....we really want to see your take on this project and, if you do, just pop a link in the Linky tool below and you will be entered into a prize draw to win some super Tando goodies with a retail value of no less than £ cool is that!
You don't have to copy exactly but use some of the fabulous techniques you've seen here in your projects.
Just leave a link to your blog or online gallery in the comments box so we can pop over and take a look :o)
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  1. Totally gorgeous. Thank you for

  2. Lovely tray. I like that it appears quite simple but you have used a surprising number of embellishments.

  3. I just love how you have colored the chipboard! Fantastic piece! Thanks for the inspiration and the tutorial! =)

  4. Fab printer's tray and, as you say, it would be a great idea for a special card!