Thursday, October 27, 2016

Altered Mirror-Emerald Creek Dares- Falling Into Celebration

Welcome friends and visitors! Today I have an altered mirror for the Halloween portion of Emerald Creek Dares Falling into Celebration.  I used five different embossing powders to take this frame from yard sale cheap to Halloween chic.

This is what the frame looked like before I got started. Well, actually it was quite dusty. I made sure to clean it well, so my products would stick to it.


Here's how I did it...
I started with the mirror itself. I stamped the Web and Hollo Doubt images in Staz On ink, masking the skull before stamping the webs.  Next I swiped on DecoArt Ultra Matte Varnish and while it was partially wet, I sprinkled on Clear Matte embossing powder sparingly. I heated the powders to melt, and while it was still hot, I gently wiped some of the powder and varnish away to give the look of a distressed mirror, and dabbed on Distress stain in Ground Expresso and spritzed with water. I used my marker spritzer and Walnut Stain Distress marker for some more distressing. Finally, I flicked on some water and sprinkled lightly with Candy Red embossing powder and heated. This was an attempt at fresh blood splatter.  I didn't take any process shots for this part, so hopefully the close up shots will help take you through the steps.

To alter the frame, I applied Ranger Emboss It Dabber right from the bottle with a brush, and sprinkled liberally with Charred Gold embossing powder and heated carefully. I  did this in sections as the plastic frame has to cool down or else you don't get good adhesion. I love the depth of this rich embossing powder as it melts! Look at that beautiful coverage!

These Bat Charms are the perfect embellishment and I altered them to make them extra creepy. I snipped off the bail, spritzed with water and dipped them in Mercury Rising embossing powder.  I heated the powder to really bake it on. When cooled, I highlighted with a metallic wax rub and glued them to the frame.

The final touch was to add the spider. I heat embossed him with Ultra Puff White and highlighted with a darker metallic rub.

And just for fun...

Fun Facts: My altered frame measures approximately 8 x 12 inches and I paid 25 cents for it.

Emerald Creek Products Used:

Web stamp
Hollo Doubt Stamp
Bat Charms
Spider Charms
Charred Gold Embossing Powder
Mercury Rising Embossing Powder
Candy Red Embossing Powder
Clear Matte Embossing Powder
Ultra Puff White Embossing Powder

Other Products Used also Available at Emerald Creek:
Ranger Emboss It Dabber
Distress Marker
Distress Stain

That's it for today. I hope you will pop over to Emerald Creek Dares, and see what amazing inspiration my talented teammates have for you. I'm sure you will want to enter our 'Falling into Celebration challenge--you still have plenty of time to make your fall inspired project! There's a whopping $50 gift certificate to Emerald Creek Craft Supplies for the winner, and a badge and a generous shopping discount for the Special Mentions, and even a discount to the shop just for entering!

Emerald Creek Dares

I will be entering these fine challenges:

Thank you for stopping by and for all your fabulous comments! I read and appreciate each and every one of them!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily


  1. Oh wow Sara, this is spookily, eerily delicious!!! That mirror was a great find. I love that technique you used to distress the mirror, need to bookmark that... The blood does look realistic! Also loving the treatment you gave to the frame, the added bats just add to the spookiness... love this!

    Whilst I am here, thank you so much for joining in our 'Make it Spooky' challenge at A Vintage Journey! Hugs, Anne xx

  2. This is amazing Sara Emily!!! You have such a creative knack for altering things!! Love the charred gold embossing powder and the blood on the mirror looks grossly real!!! LOL I wish i could craft with you!! ~hugs~

  3. So cool! You really turned this from trash into treasure, Sara! The embossing powders on the mirror frame look fantastic - and you have managed to make your mirror really spooky! Awesome!

    Claudia x

  4. What a fabulous and spooky transformation Sara Emily! Love the stamping and embossing on the mirror itself, brilliant technique, the results are truly spooktacular. The charred gold embossed frame is wonderful and the altered bat and spider charms add the perfect touch of creepiness, thanks so much for sharing it! Deb xo

  5. Fabulous job on the Mirror Sara Emily! I would never have though to emboss and stamp on the mirror itself. Love all the creepiness you've added to it!

  6. Are you kidding me Sara?!?!! What an amazing altered mirror!!!!! Love the alll of the embossing powder use. How many different effects did you get? Seriously, that mirror frame is incredible and the vintage look on the mirror surface is incredible. Fantastic Halloween make my friend :). Hugs -- Mary Elizabeth

  7. Oh! This is very spooky! But the result is awesome. I love how you treated the frame! Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs XXX

  8. This is so awesome. Don't you just love that embossing powder?!

  9. This is amazing, Sara Emily! I love how were able to transform this with multiple embossing is just too cool! You are the Queen of the yard sale find and having the vision to see your treasures in a new way - they are always so much better when you're done with them. Love this!!

  10. Wow Sara, you sure do work wonders with those embossing powders!! I just love the vintage tones and the amazing eerie feel to this! That mirror sure did get a wonderful transformation! It most certainly is Halloween chic!! The focal image is wonderful and that spider adds a creepy factor that you just can't do without on a Halloween project! lol. Thank you so much for joining in with us at Frilly and Funkie my friend!! sending hugs :)

  11. Wooow, Sara, I am in awe! This is absolutely fantastic! What you did with those embossing powders is marvelous! You are the queen of Halloween projects, my friend! Only your super creative mind can create such a glorious piece of art out of a simple frame! What a stunning transformation of a mirror! Bravo! A big round applause for this one! Big hugs! Branka xx

  12. Sara, Sara, my sweet and talented Sara. Now this is a blue ribbon winner for sure. That ugly old spider looks like a REAL ugly old spider. YUCK - this is one fantastic Halloween make - Mirror, mirror on the wall -- Who is the spookiest of us all!
    Sandy xx

  13. Oh my gosh, this is spooky and creepy and eerie and absolutely perfectly Halloween chic!! You work magic with embossing powders!! Wow!! That spider scares me, but it's such a perfect touch!! I love this!! The transformation is amazing!! Love it Halloween Queen!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  14. Very interesting product. It is such a great piece for Halloween. Spooky. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this week. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

  15. A very clever altered mirror Sara, love all the materials and ideas used to change it and give it that wonderful aged and spooky look xxx

  16. What a fab frame Sara, you have transformed it in such a wonderfully spooky piece. Such great textures too. Wonderful! Thanks so much for entering our All things Spooky challenge at Country View xx

  17. What an awesome project, well done, thanks for joining us at Let's Craft and Create.

  18. Very creative Lovely TFS Let's Craft and Create.............Lis

  19. Gorgeous ! Thank you so much for joining us over at Country View Challenges !
    Corrie x

  20. Simply wow! Who's the fairest of them all? Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Frilly and Funkie A Very Vintage Halloween Challenge!

  21. Gosh, doesn't the embossing completely alter the look of this mirror! I adore the stamping and spider in the middle too. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie and A Vintage Journey xx

  22. I can't believe what a mad scientist genius you are! What a steal at 25cents and then you go and add that wonderful EP and completely transform the frame! Wowzers! The bats are so fun and the white puff spider is spooky because it is white! Awesome sauce details with the middle of the mirror! I still can't get over how much you didn't spend on this spooky design! Hugz to you muffin!~Punkin

  23. Very spooky Sara, love the spiders on the mirror. Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey.

  24. Lovely project.Thank you for playing with us at Mixed Media World


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