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Hey Y'all!!  Cat here with a little tutorial, giving Karen a break!  Karen is so awesome, she comes up with the most fantastic ideas!  and THEN...you got me! ha!  I'm probably gonna take most of you out of you comfort zone...but just remember, doing and learning new stuff is part of improving!  Right?  OK! 

I'm Puzzled is the title of my challenge and we are going to make a mixed media panel, as I call it, out of puzzle pieces!  :D  Let's get started!

First, gather your supplies....Decide what stamps you would like to use and what you want to put on your panel...then find some puzzle pieces.  I know we have lots of boxes with missing puzzle pieces so it was easy for me to find some, lol.  and  a hint...the puzzle pieces wll vary in size, depending on how many pieces the puzzle is originally.  I used a 100 count puzzle.

Now, you need to put them together!  it doesnt have to be all the puzzle!

This is how I measured when I had enough pieces put together....I cut a piece of cardstock the size my card was going to be, in this one, standard A2 card...41/4 x 51/2,

I didnt glue my pieces together or anything.  They stayed together pretty good.  Now, time to break out the GESSO!  I used two coats, drying in between each coat, of gesso on my piece.  Its your choice.  I like it not to be completely solid...adds more the mixed media to me!

(another hint--you see that little piece upper left corner?  That is my 'test' piece.  I do this alot to test out what I'm wanting to do to the main page of my mixed media, to see exatly how its going to react and then I can adjust on the practice piece instead of ruining the main piece!)

I have decided I want to do some watercoloring and stamping and heat embossing.  Here, I am adding some watercolor...dont go heavy on this, or anything 'wet'.  You dont want you piece coming apart!

This is a quick brush over of a turquoise color.  I let it pool up on the edges like that. 

Added some pink watercoloring here and there.  The two colors bleed together to form a purple!

Next up some stamping and heat embossing!  I have stamped this piece with the Music Background

...then heat embossing that white a clear embossing powder.

More stamping and heat embossing:

And last, here I am taking it piece by piece apart to sponge the edges, to age it.

Here i have finished sponging the edges and all back together!  There ya go!  That's your panel to do with as you please!  But imma show ya what I did with mine!   :D

I gently flipped my piece over and added scor-tape like this:

This holds it together and attaches it to my card base.

super close up here...Ive added some foiling to the edge of my mixed media panel...I also did not like how my sentiment looked, so I covered it up, lol!    I also stamped the butterfly and added some pink foiling to the edges of the butterfly too...tying it all together.

Here is my finished card:

I have distressed the edges of the base card and added twine, a small charm A littler banner (a die from I have no idea, lol! I won a grab bag and it was in that)

Im back!  lol!  I did not like how this card looked, so did a bit of adjusting and now prefer this version:

Its not as 'harsh' as the original to me.  LOL!  As I said, we are our worst critics and this card..well, have you ever had a card that lasted a WEEK?  !! 

Ok, its your turn!  I do hope you will play along!  Another thing about Mixed Media...we are our own worse critics too!  But there really is no 'wrong' in mixed media!  You can take a mess up and turn it into something beautiful!  So....come play! 

I used the following stamp sets:

Musical Background

and

Birthday Blessings

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Can't wait to see what all y'all do with this! 

Have a wonderfully creative week!!

-cat

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Wow that is gorgeous.

Your card is gorgeous! Great design and colors and so fun with the puzzle pieces. Unfortunately, I don't have a puzzle in the place. LOL I guess since we have had no kids at home for 18 years each one took lots of their toys and such with them. I am sure that included a puzzle or two. But thanks for sharing your idea. Maybe I will have to buy a die that cuts puzzle pieces if there is such a thing.

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Love your card.  I especially like your use of the music stamp embossed on the puzzle pieces to echo the stamping on the base card.  I just may need to try this idea.

What a great idea! Beautiful card. Thank you so much for sharing.

This is fabulous!

This is the most original idea I've seen in a long time. You've hit one right out of the park! Well done. Time to get me some puzzles. Thrift stores, here I come.

Verna, I have a die that cuts puzzle pieces.  Mine is from Cuttlebug, long since retired.  I am pretty sure I have seen others.


Verna Angerhofer said:

Your card is gorgeous! Great design and colors and so fun with the puzzle pieces. Unfortunately, I don't have a puzzle in the place. LOL I guess since we have had no kids at home for 18 years each one took lots of their toys and such with them. I am sure that included a puzzle or two. But thanks for sharing your idea. Maybe I will have to buy a die that cuts puzzle pieces if there is such a thing.

What fun! And I have puzzle cut files for the silhouette too! Very clever idea. TFS

Wow, Cat, this is awesome! It has gone onto my list of 'must tries'. Oh for more hours in the day to craft. Little thing called 'work' gets in the way of my crafting time - dang it!!

What a great technique. No puzzles in my house either but rummage sale season will be here before we know it!
Verna, try Goodwill. Probably less than $1.

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