“Puzzle Card” tutorial

No, your friend doesn’t have to put it together- you do! This is a great way to STRETCH your pretty paper if you want to make a bunch of cards. That’s one of the reasons I used it for a recent class! I saw a similar card online, and decided to make my own. I’m sorry I can’t credit the maker- I can’t find the link.

You could use more than one designer series paper, but I chose one, with three coordinating colors of cardstock. Cut each piece to 4×5.5 inches, and clip the stack of 4 sheets together securely on all 4 sides. I used a guillotine paper cutter- you know, the kind your teacher used to use at school- to handle the thickness. I then cut the whole stacked packet into 2 (in the photo above this cut would have given the grey corner piece). Set that piece aside, and cut the remaining larger piece into 2 (this cut gave me the blue triangle piece). Set that aside, and cut the remaining piece into 2. You will end up with all 4 pieces of paper, cut into 4 similar shapes. Here’s where the puzzle comes in: Start with one stack of a shape, and remove the clip. Place each of the four pieces separately in front of you. Repeat with the other 3 shapes, adding a different color to each of the four piles. Now you should have 4 piles of 4 different colored pieces. They will have the same shapes, but in different color combinations. I used a piece of copy paper to glue down the pieces to recreate the rectangle shape, making sure the seams came tightly together. Then I cut the edges off, using a stitched rectangle die slightly smaller than my puzzle, about 3.75x 5 inches, but you could just trim it up with your paper trimmer. I ran each piece through an embossing folder, then attached it to a piece of white cardstock cut to 4 x 5.25. inches. I wrapped white twine around twice and tied a bow, stamped my greeting on a piece of white cardstock and cut that with a scalloped rectangle die, and attached that over the bow with dimensional foam. I diecut the little trees from glitter paper, glued one to the card to sit behind the greeting, and the other I popped up with dimensional foam so the trunk would sit atop the greeting. Glue the whole card front to a (5.5 x 8.5 inch) piece of cardstock folded in half, and you have your card. Repeat three times!!! I think it makes a really cute card, and of course it doesn’t have to be a Christmas card- let your imagination run wild. If you decide to give it a try, send me a picture; I’d love to see other peoples’ ideas. If you want to purchase cardmaking supplies, hit Visit My Site above. Thanks for your support, and happy stamping!

Michelle

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