Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Let them puzzle it out!

Hi Everyone, in our lessons this week we have been making "Puzzle Cards", and they have gone down a storm... Most, if not all of our crafters where unaware of what puzzle cards were, so I thought I'd show everyone what they are all about..
Starting off with just some plain White Card stock I coloured 4 pieces with Versafine Ink. Depending on the size of the stamp or image you may use will determine the size of each piece of card stock. I used an A4, 4"x5", 4 1/4" x 5 1/4" and a piece cut 1 3/4" x 5 3/4" for the sentiment panel at the bottom.
The ink was applied with a kitchen towel. When adding ink to use as a background it is best to work in from the sides inwards using a circular motion. This way the ink is applied evenly and you are less likely to get a splodge of ink where you don't want it!! Remember to use a light touch when applying the ink, you can always add more ink to get a darker colour but it will be impossible to remove it if you over do it... What I like about this technique of applying the ink is that the edges of the pieces of card are always stronger in colour, almost like faux mating and layering!! A great tip for those that don't like measuring..
Once inked I stamped my image and sentiment. The sentiment is in two places as when the card is given, it looks like a card with just some shapes on the bottom, when the card is put together the other sentiment is revealed completing the whole card. I then gave the whole card a good spray with Spray and Shine, this will seal the ink.
The image stamped piece of card was then passed through the Cuttlebug Machine using the Jigsaw cutting die..
Now it's up to you, either put the card together or place all the pieces on the sentiment bar and "let them puzzle it out"!!!
I used a re positional adhesive tape pen on the back of the jigsaw pieces, this holds them in place but allows you to move the pieces around the card.. Cool eh??!!
Why not give it a go? A great idea for other occasions as well.. A puzzle card is not just for Christmas.
Thanks for checking us out.

1 comment:

  1. How unusual...never seen one of these. Lovely idea - onto my "to do" list.

    Toni :o)