Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Altered Mirror

This is a mirror I have altered for a challenge at my local craft shop Running with Scissors called "same but different". Each month we are all given a bag containing identical items to see what we all come up with - it's great fun and this month we were all given a mirror. (silly me forgot to take a photo of the mirror before altering but basically it had a plain unvarnished wooden frame.
It is still a mirror, the butterflies you can see in the centre are a reflection of the picture I've made the mirror to match up to, thought it looked cool reflected in the mirror LOL! You can see it is still a mirror in the picture below.

I started out by painting about 2 inches in from the outside edge with Tim Holtz pickett fence crackle paint which I then distressed further with vintage photo distress ink once the paint was dry. I then added touches of gold metal flock and stamped a grunge corner from Stempelglede with Walnut Stain distress ink to each corner. I wanted my mirror to look like it had been redecorated and then fallen into disrepair again LOL hence the crackle painted area (representing the first time it was decorated) and the paper layer (representing the second time it has been decorated and the paper has come away at the edges LOL).

Next I tore a rough square from a plain Basic Grey "frosting" paper and inked the edges with vintage photo distress ink. I then stamped a grunge flourish from Stempelglede using antique linen distress ink.
The gorgeous flourish is a Tim Holtz grungeboard element and I have painted it with crackle paint and sponged with vintage photo distress ink.
All of the flowers are by Prima.
The butterflies I'm particularly chuffed with as I punched the small one with my MS monarch butterfly punch from plain vellum, scanned it, resized the pic a couple of times and used the printouts to trace onto the vellum so that I could cut them out in different sizes!!! I have added some tiny pearls from my stash to each butterfly.

Hope you like it and thanks for looking! I'll be back tomorrow with the Whiff of Joy challenge and my first ever DT post for Simon Says Stamp!! xx


Kim Piggott said...

This is sensational Jane!
I am totally blown away!
Such a beautiful altered mirror!
Out of this world stunning!
kim x

Lisa Jane said...

What a beautiful project. Don't know what else to say!
Lisa ;)

coops said...

oh my word, what can i say but AMAZING.where do you get your idesa from.i love it.luv coops.xx

heidy said...

Hi Jane,What a gorgeous card have you make.

Kreativmonster said...

Wonderful project! I love it!

Kate said...

That is absolutely stunning! ** Kate **

cats whiskers said...

Wow this is just stunning
Hugs Jacqui x

Anne said...

Only just found your blog Jane, and so glad I did, your work is stunning. I'm gonna follow you now. Hugs xx

craftymum said...

This is gorgeous Jane. Only I would spoil it by looking at my image in it!!!!
Just fantastic
Love sarah XXX

Andrea said...

You are very talented, this is totally amazing. x

Marina said...

Wow! I don't know what to say.
It's absolutely stunning and I love it!


Stampin Mindy said...

This is gorgeous! I love the floursh and butterflies, those green flowers are beautiful. Stunning project! Hugs!

Janette said...

It's so gorgous Jane,you are clever....there is something on my blog for you.x

Juls said...

wow what an amazing project!! Love it!!

Suze said...

Oh this is wonderful.
Beautiful colors and detail.

Hugs Suze xx

Paper Paradise said...

Brill, just my cup of tea. It's so beautiful you've done a great job! x

Georgia said...

This is really, really gorgeous Jane, so expertly-done! I love the flourished and gorgeous flowers and distressing, it's fabulous! :)
Love, Georgia xx

Diane said...

Just a sec,have to pick up my jaw from off the ground!!! WOW!!! This is stunning!!!!

Tasha said...

WOWZER truely stunning
love tasha xx

Mina said...

beautiful Jane...brilliant idea too...I love it
Mina xxx

Julie said...

There is simply no end to your talents!!! Fantastic project - would cost an arm and a leg to buy!! Quite wonderful!! JUliex

CraftinGranny said...

OMGosh Jane, this mirror leaves me speechless. It is absolutely the most beautiful project I've ever seen. Love the colors and all the intricate details. Fantastic job!!!
"Hugs" Granny

Iren said...

Oh my Jane this is just fab!!!


Tracey said...

Stunning alteration Jane, I adore the double decoration idea, truly shabby in the most beautiful way, thanks for taking part in the challenge TFS XXX