October 06, 2011

30 minute Thursdays...a properly puzzling card!

Hello again Thursday crafters!

This week's offering is a properly puzzling card...literally a card made onto a puzzle...that you disassemble and pop into the post for the recipient to recreate themselves!  Cool, huh? ;0)  It can be made as my example shows from a pre~bought jigsaw blank {available in lots of craft shops} or by reusing an old jigsaw and sanding off the picture...so you have no excuses not to have a go!! 

You'll see from the photos that i have used a selection of the fabulous Dylusions mica and non~mica sprays to create this design...so do work in a protected environment and not over the dining room carpet...and if you've got to go to work later...wear gloves!! lol  These sprays are gorgeous...but they do get everywhere...so don't forget your non~stick worksheet...

To begin with, spray some colour onto the blank jigsaw in a light colour, leaving some areas uncoloured:

Next layer some mica infused colours over and around the first colour and allow to blend.  Shake the bottles to allow some splattering to occur:

Move your jigsaw to one side to dry.  Spritz the ink on the non~stick sheet with a little water and create co~ordinating embellishments by allowing plain paper flowers to absorb the colour:

Dry these with a heat gun and draw in two stalks for your flowers using a large marker pen:

***Glue your flowers onto the stalks, being careful not to glue over the lines of the puzzle ;0)***

Now add a little stamping around the edges of the puzzle {this makes it more fun to put together} and if you wish a message at the bottom:

To finish the design, swipe a permanent black inkpad all around the edges, add a little pen work with a fine black pen and glue some gems into the flower centres:

Turn the puzzle over and create a simpler version on the back...and write your message:

Now all you have to do, is heat set all the ink, and pop all the separated puzzle pieces in a sturdy envelope...and wait for the excited call when your properly puzzling card reaches its destination!

I do hope you've liked this idea...and as always i'd love to hear what you think...
happy crafting,


Sandra said...

I adore this and I know just the person who would love to receive one

Bubbles said...

Ooohhh... I have a pile of these blank jigsaws (The Range, childrens art section, 99p for pack of 5)... now I know what to do with them :)
Don't think mine will be quite as sensational as yours though - love the whole thing... but the black swirls over the bright colours is really eye-catching.

Anonymous said...

Wow Alix we love this work of art. So different and original. So bright and cheery, who wouldn't love to receive this?
Rachel and Angela

Elaina said...

Great project. I am sure the recipient will love it.

Virginia said...

Wow this is gorgeous - what a fantastic idea!

Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog about the pink baby book I sent off to a friend recently - the destructions for it can be found here


My only comment from the original instructions is that I cut the spine bit to 10" and not 9" (because I couldnt' get my pockets to fit on 10") so if you make it and Annette has altered the instructions then I suggest 10" unless you manage to make it fit by some miracle LOL! Let me know if you make it and I'll pop by for a nosey, if you click the the link Voodoo Vixen on that post you'll see all the other 'versions' of this book I've done - shows you the versatility!

misteejay said...

The stamping on this over the lovely colours is so effective - TFS Alix

Toni xx

My simple life said...

love this idea. so different :)

Ali said...

you have such different ideas - that card is fantastic!

Rosie said...

What a great idea - hope granny liked it??

Glen said...

Love your creation Alix. Such a nice idea as a gift too. TFS. ~Glen~

Ali said...

This is such a fab idea! I love how this turned out - the colours are gorgeous and the design really bold yet pretty. Will definitely about be trying this idea out. Ooh and FYI Wilkinsons sell plain jigsaws in packs of 2 for only £1 or so in the children's craft section. :)


fatmonica said...

I just love this!That background's gorgeous!

Sue said...

What a great idea! _ I love that you send it "unmade" too :)

Shoshi said...

What a fun idea for a card! It would be a joy to receive one, and what fun assembling it and then discovering the message! Great idea.

Claireliz said...

That's fantastic Alix. Wonderful idea.

Debbie said...

Love your work and was wondering if you would be willing to apply for our DT on Its a Creative World.

Please email me rainbow_poppy@hotmail.com if you are interested.

Thanks Debbie

Paper thoughts said...

Alix hiya
I know you tried to email about its a creative world DT but we can't find the email anywhere. If you are still interested can you try emailing again either myself jay670120@blueyonder.co.uk
you only have to post twice a month and it would be great to see you apply.