This is the final project that resulted from my recent play-time with the Clearsnap StamPress. (You can see my review of the StamPress itself by clicking here.) My other projects were a decorative box, a trinket box, and a not-so-successful box.
The inspiration for this piece was the polymer clay panel in the center- it was the result of impressing polymer clay with a stamping wheel by Paula Best, using the StamPress. The center of the panel had four line sketches of faces, but I cut those out with my Xacto knife after baking, so the panel was more like a frame. It was an interesting exercise to color the piece- it started out as plain white poly clay. First I tried black acrylic paint- but, yuck! While it got into the grooves well, the rest of the surface looked a dull grey. So I wiped that off as best I could, and then tried wiping with a magenta acrylic paint. Better. But it needed something a bit more- so I used my finger to "dry brush" on some Lumiere True Gold acrylic from Jacquard. NOW I was getting somwhere. The little flower on the right needed something to set it apart, so I painted in just a touch of green in the stem and leaves, and then made certain that there was gold on the raised areas.
The container is a small shadow box from C&T Publishing, and I decided at the end not to use the cover. In retrospect I realized that I could have also used a small square jewelry box (like the kind that you get new jewelry in). I covered it with Rose Red Designer Prints paper from Stampin' Up! Then I filled it with three layers of 3/8" thick foam core- because I wanted my panel to be more forward in the box, rather than all the way at the back. The top layer of foam core I covered with a Kiwi Kiss Designer Prints paper (also from SU). The polymer clay panel was attached with OmniStick Glue (like E6000).
The flower in the center was made from layering three flowers from Maya Road. They aren't felt and they aren't paper- more like a flocked surface. A decorative brad is holding them together, and the whole was attached in the center of the frame using OmniStick.
Then came the rest of the embellishments: a 1/8" polka dot satin ribbon and a fine gold cord were glued to the edges of the back. Two small pieces of gold paper charms (tiny strings of flowers) are centered above and below the poly clay frame. Pearl "Dew Drops" are in each corner, and I added tiny red hearts from my stash to each corner of the frame.
All-in-all, it was really fun to work on. Of course my young 15 year-old friend, Aaron, asked the classic male question: "What's it for?!?" Fortunately his sister knew the answer, and I know that you do too!