Besides changing our challenges to weekly instead of every other week, we have a “plan” as well. At least through October, we’ll have a color challenge, a sketch challenge, an inspiration challenge and an “Anything Goes” challenge each month. If there are five Wednesdays, the 5th is a 3-D Challenge.
Guess what this week is? Yep. It’s the 5th Wednesday, so we have a 3-D challenge for you.
I usually don’t have any problem at all with 3-D challenges, but this one gave me a hard time. Not the 3-D part, but what to do with it.
My 3-D is “Faux Etched Glass Leaves.” Easy. Except that after I made the leaves, I had absolutely no idea how to showcase them. Bags were already used. I didn’t want to do a photo frame again. What to do? What to do?
One of my new products from last week is the pillow box die. And I also had the Happy Haunting designer Series Paper, so – pillow box it was. Sadly, I had forgotten about Susan’s gorgeous project. She made an extended pillow box, also with leaves. Ugh. But it was too late to change. Susan and I do that a lot – we’ll use the same stamp set or die cuts on our blogs the same day – or a day or two apart. I’m really not copying her, and I know she’s not copying mine, because Susan schedules her posts weeks ahead of time. Have I mentioned Susan is very organized? It’s quite annoying, actually. Not really. I keep hoping it will rub off on me. So far, it hasn’t.
Anyway – here’s a close-up of one of the faux etched glass leaves.
This is a fairly simple technique, but it takes a little while. I stamped the Vintage Leaves on window sheets in White StazOn ink, then die cut them with the Leaflets framelits. I covered them with Crystal Effects, and threw on a little Gold Stampin’ Glitter for good measure. This is the “taking a little while” part. I left them for at least 24 hours so the Crystal Effects would dry really well. I’m famous for leaving a fingerprint or five in my Crystal Effects and Dazzling Details.
That’s pretty much it. The hardest part was figuring out what to do with them so they’d show up. Any pattern too light or too busy caused them to disappear. This dsp worked really well.
As you can see, I used the Burlap ribbon for a belly band. I love the contrast between the earthiness of the burlap and the more fragile look of the etched glass.
So now it’s your turn. Give this challenge a shot! Your project can be anything you want – as long as it’s 3-D. When you’re finished, add your link to the challenge blog – and don’t forget to link to the blog from your site as well.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!