Hello, all, Ann Marie here! Do any of you remember the DCWV "Chip Stacks" from a few years ago? Basically, DCWV took the popular textured cardstock in mat stacks, glued a piece to the front and back of a piece of chipboard, and voila, already papered chipboard for you to cut into whatever shape you liked (although, really, if you wanted to do this, I think it would be easily accomplished with a Xyron or spray adhesive).
I had a few pieces languishing in my stash, so set about creating a unique birthday card for my cousin's daughter. First I designed the greeting, straight on the piece of chipboard. I used rub-ons, stamps, and made sure the butterflies I used were fully adhered, with the backside completely covered with my Xyron, so that no matter what happened, they weren't going anywhere!
A little sanding to match the distressed look that happens when you stamp on textured cardstock, wrote a personal greeting across the back, and I was finished. Onto the fun part! With my Sizzix steel rule Original Puzzle Die, I centered the cutting area on the card so that there would be a solid border to help her piece it back together. I cut the card into a set of puzzle shapes.
Now when Lily gets the card, she'll need to complete the puzzle first (using the images created on the front) in order to read the greeting on the back! Fun, interactive, age appropriate, and best of all, mails flat. ;-)
Happy Birthday, ITAK, congratulations!!!