Step 1: Materials
clear glass plate (any shape)
I got this plate at World Market, but I have also seen them at craft stores. Choose a plate with flat, clear glass, no etching or cut-glass designs.
decorative paper for central panel: wrapping paper, magazine picture, calendar picture, greeting card, etc.
Do not use a picture printed on your inkjet printer because the ink will run with the water-based glue.
Glossy Photographs don't work well because they resist the glue and there will be air bubbles between the photo and the glass.
Greeting cards with textures or glitter do not work well. You want to have flat paper to get a good bubble-free seal between paper and glass. I find calendar pictures have a perfect weight, thick enough that the printing on the opposite side does not show through, but thin enough to be flexible and get a good adhesion to the glass. Wrapping paper works great too (especially for holidays and special occasions) and you have an infinite variety of designs.
For this example, I used a paper money envelope from Chinese New Year.
metallic paper doilies
acrylic craft paint that coordinates with your featured paper.