Father's Day Altered Puzzle Card
By Jo'Ell Catel
Jun 7, 2006, 12:30
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This was my first time at altering a puzzle of any sort. I'd seen it done and thought it looked fun so when I found a package of blank card sized puzzles with envelopes at Michael's, I just had to buy them and try it out. I chose to make a Father's Day themed puzzle card since it is that time of year, but any theme would work well with these.
Blank Puzzle Card: Inkadinkado
Patterned Paper: Bo-Bunny Press, Denim, Bag, Blue Shirt Plaid, Green Crackle
Ink: Colorbox Fluid Chalk, Dark Brown
Adhesives: ThermoWeb Memory Tape Runner, Mini Glue Dots
Charms: various swap sources, unknown
Dimensional stickers: Various swaps, unknown
Fiber: Fibers By the Yard
Shaped Clips: Swaps, unknown
Mini Clothes Pin: unknown
Micro Beads: swap, unknown
Word and Letter stickers: Club Scrap
Heart Sticker: TLC
Mosaic tiles: swap, unknown
Poppy: VA sale on Memorial Day
To make this card, I took apart the puzzle, adhered each piece to the back of patterned paper, and cut around puzzle shape with an exacto knife. I then sanded the edges and put the puzzle back together, then inked around the outside edges.
I then placed the letter stickers to spell out Happy Dad's Day and the word stickers, cutting where needed when overlapping other puzzle pieces. I chose mostly charms for my embellishments since puzzle piece size was an issue with this project. All charms were adhered with Mini Glue Dots.
This was a simple project once I found small enough embellishments that I thought represented what are either masculine symbols or symbols of my subject's interests. I hope this inspires someone to give altered puzzles a try. I will certainly try some others and hope to move to a larger format so I can experiment with other mediums and embellishments.
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