Altered Vintage Mirror with Video Tutorial

Hello dear Little Birdie fans! It’s Tracey back with a new project to inspire you. I found a tarnished and chipped mirror in a thrift store. It had seen better days, but I just adored the intricate design on the back and thought it would be a lovely base for a project. I used Little Birdie Gesso and Multi-Surface Paints to give it new life. It’s decorated with amazing flowers from the Celebrate Life, Shabby Chic, and Fairy Sparkle collections along with Primed Chipboard pieces and a clock cut with the Timekeeper die set.

I hope you’ll join me to view this video tutorial and explore how to create this gorgeous textured background, alter little birdie chipboard and die cut pieces with embossing powder, layer butterflies to build depth, arrange gorgeous little birdie flowers for this sweet floral cluster, and add sparkling texture.

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Tips and Techniques

Arrange beautiful Little Birdie flowers to create this lovely cluster. Add chipboard and the die cut clock to the edges.

Here’s a view from the side to see the lovely dimension. The flowers are dry brushed with white gesso for a shabby chic feel. I added a couple gems and sequins from my stash to the flowers for a little sparkle.

This sweet butterfly is layered over a corrugated die cut from my stash that is colored with gesso and Multi-Surface paint. I added a butterfly trail with a section of a pearl swirl from my stash.

The chipboard and die cut are colored with embossing powder.

Shimmery bling is added below the cluster by brushing with Matte Gel Medium, then sprinkling on Deep Marine Microbeads along with seed beads, prills, and mini microbeads from my stash.

A close up of the texture. The Multi-Surface paint flowed into the crevices of the design to highlight the texture beautifully.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Shabby Chic Flowers ~ Bonita
Celebrate Life Flowers ~ Wendy
Fairy Sparkle Flowers ~ Marina
Shabby Chic Flowers ~ Queenie
Shabby Chic Flowers ~ Julita
Celebrate Life Flowers ~ Marisa
Celebrate Life Flowers ~ Kimberly
Primed Chipboard – Dream Catcher
Primed Chipboard – Blooms and Vines
Thincut Dies ~ Timekeeper
Archival Multi-Surface Paint – Icy Aqua (Berry Basket Set)
Archival Multi-Surface Paint – Sea Wave (Berry Basket Set)
Archival Multi-Surface Paint – Snow Dove (Berry Basket Set)
Archival Multi-Surface Paint – Pink Swirl (Vivid Colors Set)
Acrylic Gesso – White
Acrylic Soft Gel Medium Matte
Metal Microbeads – Deep Marine

Other Supplies:
Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Chitchat
Pearl Flourish ~ Pink
Beaded Stamen ~ White
Sequins and Crystal Gems in pink, clear, blue, Aqua
Aqua Beads
Prills – White
Mini Microbeads ~ White Gold
Embossing Enamel ~ Shabby Pink
Ranger – Emboss It Dabber
Jewel Picker

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to view my video. I hope you’ve been inspired to pull out your Little Birdie Crafts supplies to create a mixed media decor piece for your home.

~ Blessings ~


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