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Kiss Me Puzzle by Donna





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Here's a fun project that can be used as card, party favor, or even a learning tool. I've made a puzzle using pieces from My Community and drew the adorable frog and sentiment from the Sweethearts cartridge and a heart from Plantin Schoolbook with my Cricut markers. You have the option of coloring the images yourself, or allowing the recipient to color the puzzle after it's assembled. The puzzle measures 8 x 8 inches square. There are even instructions for making a custom puzzle for yourself.

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First you'll want to replace your blade with a black Cricut marker. You could use a mini marker or gel pen with the appropriate holders as well, but with these rather large and simple images I prefer a thicker line. Load your mat with the cardstock of your choice. Adjust your speed to 3 and pressure to 2 and click on "cut". (Which in this case means draw). WHEN FINISHED, DO NOT UNLOAD THE MAT! Press "Load Paper" and replace your marker with your cutting blade. Be sure to adjust your pressure back to what is appropriate for the card stock you are using and change to the puzzle page and click on "cut" to cut your puzzle.

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The puzzle takes awhile to cut because each piece is cut individually. Also, because the pieces are just nudged as close as possible, there is still a tiny bit of overlap which shaves off a sliver on each piece so I recommend staying by your Cricut to CAREFULLY brush the excess off as it cuts. when it is done cutting remove the mat and the excess paper, but it is easiest to leave the puzzle on the mat at this point.

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Now cut your puzzle again using chipboard. I generally use the back of a paper stack and a NEW or nearly new mat to make sure it stays put. You will want to use the "Multi Cut" which is located under "Preferences" at the top of your page and choose 2 or 3 depending on your chip board. You may choose a deep blad and housing but it was not necessary for the chipboard I used. I did adjust the blade depth and pressure to the maximum though. This time there is no drawing, just cutting,but again you will have some slivers from each piece that you will want to brush off the mat as it cuts. Before unloading the mat, try lifting up a corner of your chipboard to make sure it's cut through. If not, change your Multi Cut to however many more passes you think it will take and click "Cut" again. I only used one layer or chipboard and one of cardstock for my project, but you may wish to add another layer of chipboard for a sturdier puzzle. Again, after cutting, I removed the surrounding excess chipboard and left the puzzle on the mat.

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I used my Zig pen to glue the puzzle pieces together. By leaving both on the mat it was easy to make sure I was gluing each piece correctly. Once a piece was glued, I replaced it in it's proper place on the mat, keeping the puzzle intact.

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Once all pieces are glued you have the option of coloring the puzzle yourself, or leaving it uncolored so the recipient can do the coloring. The puzzle was easy to color while left on the mat and of course it will be easier to assemble with some color cues. If you choose not to color, it would be fun to include a set of markers as an additional gift.

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I embellished the puzzle further with google eyes and adhesive gems because I just couldn't resist. I would avoid this if the puzzle is going to a very young child. To make a custom puzzle using your own design, arrange your picture on the puzzle page using the carts of your choice and then copy and paste those images to a new page for drawing. The possiblities are endless. Just be sure to delete the drawing from the puzzle page before cutting and have fun!
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Submitted by Sandy
Very very cute Donna.
Rating: 5 Stars!
Submitted by sandra
This is really cute! I haven't tried doing a puzzle with the cricut yet -- I tried one using pre-cut puzzle pieces and it was really difficult. I wonder if it might be easier to draw the pieces directly onto white chip board and then cut them out? Has anyone tried this?
Rating: 5 Stars!
Submitted by Donna
This is super!!! Thanks so much for sharing. I might try to make a puzzle out of a photograph. Donna
Rating: 5 Stars!
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