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.
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.
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.
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.
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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