Sunday, February 24, 2013

And a puzzle it was . . .

Our granddaughter loves to jigsaw puzzle and this week it will be her third birthday.  I decided to make her a puzzle card for her birthday and that by itself was a puzzle.  First of all for her to be able to take the card apart you have to stamp all the images on it and you can not use embellishments or stickers where pieces overlap.  Well I started out with a blank puzzle card.

My first thoughts were to make a sky and grass and kind of make a rain scene with rubber boots and an umbrella.  Raindrops, clouds and such.  So I first put a layer of gesso on the blank card.  After I used distress ink to make the sky and grass area I stamped some clouds with Versamark and white embossed them.  Like the card below.

Now for the boots and umbrella.  Of course I had a scratch piece of paper as well and I just was not happy with how it turned out.  I tried to stamp some animals on it did not make me happy either.  Then I tried pin-wheels.   Again I was not happy.  I finally decided that my grass, sky and clouds puzzle card was not it.  I will have to use it some other time. 

Next I just made the background one colour with distress ink and added some glimmer mist to it to give it some shine.  I decided to use shapes placed randomly on the card that would be more appropriate for a 3 year old I thought.  Well the shapes became hearts and they certainly were not randomly placed.  But I did like the end result.  I stamped the hearts with Versamark and embossed them with different colours embossing powder.  
 I was happy but I still did not feel it was finished.  Something was missing!  That is when I decided to put a dotted edge around the outside.  It finished the card.  I was now satisfied and I am sure our 3 year old granddaughter will have no problems putting this puzzle together.

This is a close up of one of the corners showing the dotted edge around it as well.

The puzzle card became a puzzle for me.

Supplies used:
SU Heart stamp, Michael Strong Heart stamp. Chinese red, blue, ochre and rose embossing powders.  Pearl shimmer mist. Distress inks.  Sakura gel pen. Puzzle card.

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