A Birthday Puzzle


Recently my oldest nephew turned 7, and I had promised him a ‘very special card’ for his Birthday.  He loves trains, always has, and so I thought this chipboard train would be perfect.

1410B Birthday Puzzle 1

I found in my stash, a wooden puzzle I had already prepped with gesso, and that was the perfect base of this ‘card’.  I mixed some blues of the Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays together in a small bowl and used a paint brush to add to the puzzle – this allowed me to add a thicker layer and to swirl some of the colours to create the mottled background.  I sprayed seven stars, the train and a tree with Lindy’s sprays too – a quick and easy way to colour these chipboard shapes.

1410B Birthday Puzzle 4


Once everything was dry, I placed the pieces on the puzzle.  As I was doing this I thought about where the puzzle lines were, so all the stars where only on one puzzle piece, and the train was above the line of pieces.  I glued the chipboard piece onto one piece of puzzle, then cut it out before sticking it on to the next puzzle piece.

1410B Birthday Puzzle 3


Finally, when all the chipboard had been cut and glued to the correct pieces (I did note on the back of each piece the number and a directional arrow!), I stamped a Happy Birthday message to my nephew.

1410B Birthday Puzzle 2


He was so excited to get it, and I Skyped with him while he opened it and he and his mum put it together.  This was a fun project for a special little boy.

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