Jigsaw Jigsaw

No, you’re not seeing double – this is a jigsaw of Jigsaw! The terribly twisted people at Haunted Design House have inspired me with their ‘Let’s Play A Game’ theme and I spent the evening creating my macabre offering for the challenge. I have to shout out a HUGE thank you to the Manical Mother of Mayhem Monique for allowing me to use her artwork which you can find here (fantastic work, I am so grateful). Anyway, here is my project:

jigsaw frame

I used Monique’s linework and traced it onto a blank jigsaw that I have had waiting patiently in a drawer. I used Indian Ink to outline,  then coloured the image with the following Spectrum Noir pens:

IG1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, CR8, 11, DR3, Blender

I then used some striped washi tape around the edge to create a border.


I painted a wooden frame with red acrylic paint. When it was dry I smeared a Versamark inkpad around the edges and sprinkled Cosmic Shimmer Lava Black UTEE over it, then heated with my heatgun. The UTEE has a red/black iridescence that (in this instance) looks like charred, blistered, blood spatters!

cosmic shimmer utee


I then rubbed a tiny amount of black acrylic paint around the moulding at the top and around the outer edges to age the frame a bit. I used Timber Brown Staz-On to stamp randomly with a Paper Artsy numbers background stamp.

stamp detail

I used Cosmic Shimmer Lapis Black UTEE to emboss over a laser cut wooden key. This has a green/black iridescence. I love the texture that these embossing crystals give, slightly pitted like weathered metal.



I glued the key to the top of the frame and then glued some grungeboard letters spelling ‘your move’ to the frame. I thought about painting the letters, but I like the natural grey colour which toned well with the drawing.

I am also entering this into Left of Centre’s ‘Anything Goes’ month long anniversary challenge and WOW! Powders – Embossing on Wood challenge.

7 Replies to “Jigsaw Jigsaw”

  1. This is an incredible piece of art! So creative to use the jigsaw puzzle, and very fitting for our apparently very challenging, theme.
    Thank you for joining us in the dungeon at HDH, and I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.
    Now I’m off to find those UTEEs …

  2. Oh WOW, Teresa! FAbulous work with Mo’s digi and brilliant to make a jigsaw JigSaw! Love that texture you’ve created with the Utee. Thanks so much for joining our Let’s Play a Game Challenge at HDH. xxD

  3. Wow awesome. Love the blood splatter and the jigsaw is a great idea

    Thanks for using my image and playing a game with us in the Dungeon

  4. PinkyLisasInkyCrafts21. maaliskuuta 2014 0.57
    Thank you for joining our Anything Goes Challenge over on the Left Of Centre Creative Challenges.
    This challenge is to celebrate our 1st Birthday…

    What an absolutely brilliant and frightening make. So much detailing has gone into this with the heat embossing, stamping and the great looking blood splatter.
    I really like how you have used the image as a jigsaw…genius!

    I really hope you will join us for more of our future fortnightly Challenges. We specialise in dark and alternative makes and would love everyone to experiment with their darker side…we all have one 🙂
    There are always great prizes to be won from our wonderful Sponsors.

    <3 & Hugs
    Lisa xxxx LOC DT Member

  5. well done on your jigsaw jigsaw fab use of lots of textures and colours . congratulations on your win xx

  6. Oh Teresa this is awesome! I love how you’ve explained the steps too. Great idea to make a jigsaw of jigsaw!! love it! Thanks for joining in our Anniversary Anything Goes Challenge at LOC! Mo challenge coordinator xxx

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