Monday, May 4, 2015

Altered Puzzle Challenge Week 2

We are onto week 2 of the Altered Puzzle Challenge 

By now you should have your puzzle all prepped with gesso and ready to be altered. If you missed our prep week here is a link:

For my altered puzzle I am going with an overall theme and I have chosen the theme "Favorite Quotes or Bible Verses"
I encourage you to chose a theme for your puzzle as well, it doesn't have to be the same theme, you can do whatever you want. 

So to start I picked out my first two pieces, these pieces were labeled 1 and 2 when I prepped. I am working from the upper right hand corner and across.

I am going to use embossing paste on these two pieces along with this stencil 

For my first piece I am adding a design in the upper corner of my piece

for the 2nd piece I added another design, just here and there

After the embossing paste is done, I set these aside to dry, here is what they look like at this point

I let these dry for a day or so but you can begin to work probably within an hour or so
 starting with piece 1, I began by picking out some Archival ink colors
I am going to use a lighter (yellow) color as my base color 
set the brown color aside for now

I used a distress tool to apply all of my ink colors

After applying the yellow, I wanted another base color around the edge so I grabbed a burnt orange color

I like how it turned out.... I wanted a bit of shimmer in my background so I added some perfect pearls in a gold color

to apply perfect pearls, simply use a paintbrush, water and the pearls
First dip your paintbrush in water and then dip the same brush in the perfect pearls (I used a little on my craft sheet)

The simply swipe your brush onto your project
Once your brush is wet there is no need to wet it again and again, just keep getting more PP and brushing onto your piece

The perfect pearls color is subtle and hard to see in the photo but it did make my piece shimmer

Next, grab that brown archival ink and with a distress tool, very lightly go over the raised portions
this will make your embossed portion really pop off the puzzle piece

I then chose a sentiment from a Wendy Vecchi stamp set. It's one that I've always loved, I stamped it onto white card stock and edged it with black, I then used glue stick to adhere it to my piece

and lastly I wanted a bit of bling.. unlike with the playing cards, with the puzzle pieces we don't care if things are sticking up or raised or even over the edges
I added some gems here and there in two different sizes

Here is my first piece

For piece 2 I went with the same technique for my background but used different colors

I started with a really light blue and applied all over

I then used a light purple color and went around my edges, these colors together were beautiful

Next I used one of Wendy Vecchi stamps on one corner of my piece

I then used my "Wink of Stella" pen to color the frame around my face, it's subtle but it gives a bit of sparkle 

I then used black archival ink to lightly go over my raised embossed pattern to make it a bit more bold
I also added blue gems to my girls design next to her face

I then used some liquid pearls to add dimension to the frame and leaves

Using another Wendy Vecchi stamp I stamped my sentiment onto white card stock and cut out
Here is how my second piece turned out
(the blue in her eye is also a wink of stella glitter pen)

Here are my two first pieces together

I hope you like the first two pieces, you can do whatever you want with your pieces but hopefully you've found some inspiration. 
See you next week with piece 3 and 4


  1. These look great. I wasn't gripped by the puzzle idea like I was by the playing card challenge but I love what you have done with these two pieces. I still have a few playing cards sulking cos I haven't altered them yet. Maybe I should do those before I start something else new LOL. Maybe I should use this challenge as a kick to get my pack finished. Now there's an idea. I will be following along to see what people are doing with this challenge. Hugz

  2. Gorgeous pieces and such a fun start on the puzzle alter! ~kim

  3. Love it! Wish I had that Wendy eye stamp used in the 2nd piece--it's perfect!

  4. I absolutely love this AND was loving the playing cards too! I need to find time to do this puzzle! Thanks for sharing...I am following :)

  5. These are gorgeous! Great start to this new series.

  6. So crazy fun! I love this kind of alteration, and both of these are great!

  7. Love your first two pieces. They are gorgeous. I need to get started on this.

  8. Claudine your art is always amazing. Just as these puzzle pieces are. Gosh you did a fabulous job on them. Thnks a lot for sharing. Love your step-by-step tutorials.
    Hugs from Monica.... Spain

  9. Love these. The sentiments are great too.

  10. I have done this with altered art puzzle with 9 other ladies. We bought 10 puzzles and numbered the back just like you did. We all got either 2 or 3 numbers to design. In a month your numbers had to be done. 10 of either two or three designs. We each ended up with a whole puzzle decorated by craft friends. I have mine hung up in my craft room. It was a lot of fun. Since than one of the ladies has passed away. Now I have a wonderful memory to look at every time I step in the room.