Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Tando Clocks week: Helen and Michelle

We have a guest on our blog today: the talented Helen Chilton. If you come to the Extravanganza you might have seen her beautiful work then, or in the Craft Stamper magazine for which she has been writing for a long time. Or maybe you are lucky enough to have attended one of her class in the shop.
If you have not, there is your chance: either on September 16 or on October 27th.
Here's how Helen made her clock

First of all, colour the clock on the inside all over with pink and yellow oil pastels, spray with pink Dylusions and then use the light blue and white pastels to stencil the circles.
You can then colour the outside in light blue and yellow oil pastels, spray with blue Dylusions and then over stamp some swirls with Broken China inkpad.
Now stamp lots of flowers, leaves and birds onto white card and watercolour with Distress inkpads. Cut out and stick to inside of clock where the gaps are.
Stamp the clock face in black in middle. Cut a tattered flower several times, colour with pastels and spray as before, then paint top layer in gold and heat to bubble.
Cut a birdcage out of mountboard, paint in gold and heat to bubble. Attach with chain. Add some cut flowers.
Finally, emboss the roof part with stripes, add gold detail and stick to clock. Add chain and painted pine cones for pendulum.

Stamps used:
All Crafty Individuals: 
CI-185 Daisy
CI-235 Swirls
CI-302  Postcard flower
CI-354  Roman Numerals clock
Various birds

Other Materials:
StazOn inkpad: Jet Black
Distress inkpad: Broken China; Mowed Lawn; Picked Raspberry; Squeezed Lemonade 
Dylusions sprays: Bubblegum Pink; Vibrant Turquoise
Crafters Workshop template: Circle Explosion
Tim Holtz Alterations Movers and Shapers die: Mini Bird and Cage set
Tim Holtz Alterations Decorative Strip die: Tattered Flower Garland
Tim Holtz Texture Fade embossing folder: Stripes


Michelle is also with us today and a beautiful interpretation of the Tando Carriage clock.
Here's how she made it.

To make the clock I stuck two sheets of Crafty Individuals paper onto the front panel of the clock with PVA glue then cut around the panels with a craft knife to remove the 'windows'
I did the same with the back panel but positioned a tree image behind the clock face part of the panel.
All edges were then rubbed with Rub 'n buff (I use this so much it's a must have for your craft kit!)

I then stamped the Crafty Individuals trees onto vellum using imperial purple versafine and adhered the images behind the window.

To assemble the clock with the space between each panel I made little boxes 1cm deep out of heavy card to bridge the gap.

The numerals were cut out of mirrorboard on my cutting machine.

Michelle used

Crafty Individuals background book 4 (trees)
Rub n Buff: Autumn gold
Versafine small ink pad - Imperial Purple

Our special offer this week:
10% off Tando Creative clocks

in the offer code box as you go through checkout

See you tomorrow


  1. Both beautiful clocks but love that bubbled gold paint on Helen's!

  2. Two stunning clocks !!!
    Von x☺x

  3. 2 beautiful samples with lots of ideas on both. I see word verification has returned.

  4. Great work ladies. I love them!

  5. Both clocks are superb... so many details on the blue one... my favorite is the one with the trees though, as I love this stamp.

  6. I am incredulous! How you even conceive these ideas, let alone ralise them is beyond me! Stunning work! Wonderful art clocks! TFS!

  7. Oh my goodness, both of these are amazing! Definitely to oh Wow's!!

  8. I'm honored to be sharing the days sample with Helen! Superb clock Helen, so very pretty!
    x Michelle


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