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Craft Challenge: 3D Paper Camera Prop

I am participating in a craft challenge from Die Cuts With A View May Arts. I submitted an idea for the challenge and was chosen to play along. 
Click 'read more' to see the process!
DCWV sent me some of their papers from the Snapshot Stack and May Arts sent these ribbons. The challenge was to use some of the papers and all four of the ribbons (whew- seems to tough to incorporate four ribbons in one project!).
I almost instantly knew what I wanted to make when I saw the paper pack because it has the awesome blue polaroid camera print paper! I spent a long time making sketches of a 3D paper camera. I went through several mock-ups. I finally got it to a place where I was sort of satisfied. Mostly because I was running out of time (I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to crafting). So it has some imperfections, as you can see. Some of the edges didn't line up just right or cracked a little due to the thickness of the paper.  

In the photos of the final mock-up I made in the yellow floral paper, you can see that I used a bone folder with the Martha Stewart Scoring Board (amazing product, by the way!). It worked perfectly with the yellow floral paper but the blue paper has these glittery cameras. I love the glittery cameras but they were difficult to score and fold.

I made a 'lens' from a strip of the blue camera paper, Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, black May Arts lace ribbon and a black button. The lens is a disproportionate size to the camera but life somehow goes on despite my mistakes. ;) I made the camera straps from vintage buttons and two different May Arts ribbons (love the white lace & yellow chevron ribbons!). The last ribbon I had to incorporate was a burlap string. It worked out well to make little hooks for the camera strap to attach to.

So, I learned a life lesson from this project. 3-D paper objects are a booger to create. If you love detailed crafting or you are an advanced crafter, go for it! If you want the end result without the effort, buy a paper camera template from this Etsy seller, Girlie Pains. Her templates look great.

What do you think? The imperfections are driving me crazy but I still think it's pretty cute!

*Excuse the outfit, this is a lazy-day work outfit!


KristiMcMurry June 8, 2012 at 7:26 AM  

What a fun idea!! I think it looks great in the pictures. Pictures are good at hiding the little imperfections :) I think this would be fun to hang from my rear view mirror, maybe in a little smaller size. It's just so cute!

Kate Andress Chandler June 8, 2012 at 9:07 AM  

FABULOUS!! Very creative! Hope you win the challenge! ��

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