Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Alter for a gift.

Hello again. This week at Try It On Tuesday, it is time again for us to alter something, to make a gift. One of my favourite items to alter is the very reasonably priced mirrors from the very large Swedish store. The first thing I did was covered the mirror with some black card to protect it. Next it was painted with some matt blackboard paint. I chose two poppy stamps from an Elusive images set, sorry lost the name of the set. I embossed the stamps using gold E.P. to give a more defined outline to work with. Talk about trial and tribulation, I tried various colouring mediums, but most just seamed to soak into the wood. I wanted to paint with Cosmic Shimmer watercolours but it soaked into the wood, I then tried some Acetate/Peel off markers, which worked a treat, then thought if they haven’t soaked in, maybe I can use the Cosmic shimmer watercolours on top of them and that’s what happened, it had provided a surface for the shimmer paint. I finally added a few black gems to the centre of 3 of the poppies. This mirror is to be donated to Janet, for her husband’s Poppy Appeal fund raising event which will be held in October, so it will be a gift. Please pop over to our blog I am sure you will be amazed at the work by the Design Team. Don’t forget our altered items are supported by The Craft Barn who will provide a fabulous prize, be sure to check on what you need to do, to be in with a chance. Good luck. I look forward to visiting your blogs.


  1. I always cover mine with gesso first then you can do anything on top. This reminds me I have one of these half done somewhere in my craft room must hunt it out and finish it.

    Love the finished effect by the way, will have to get over to Try it on Tuesday and have a look.


  2. Beautiful mirror. Have had the same problem of colouring medium soaking into the wood - always paint mine first now!!
    Denise xx

  3. Its gorgeous Caz, love the poppies, your hard work was rewarded. Yvonne x

  4. A beautiful frame Caz. Sounds like you had a tough time getting the result you wanted but it really turned out beautiful. Have a great week Angela

  5. I love this Caz - The perseverance of your painting has really paid off! love that gold outline too i forget how gorgeous embossing looks :0)

  6. Love your poppy stamp - it looks reaaly lovely on your black frame - Jacqueline xx