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    Hi folks.......

    There has been a fair amount of interest in my Christmas card puzzles and I hope this helps some people to give it a try. With this note, which I'm posting to both forums to which I contribute, is closeup of the front of our card for this year. I will follow it with another posting of the back, so you can see the cuts more clearly. The point is simply to show the kind of line cutting that I do. Yours choice of cards and you style of cutting, of course, may be quite different.

    We buy our Christmas cards late in the year for the following year and I begin making them in January. So far, I have 75 (out of ~80) completed. After mounting and spraying, each of them takes about 35 minutes to cut, so it's a fun, short project with a sense of accomplishment each time.

    Christmas cards have page one with a picture and page two with a greeting. I choose pictures that have intricate images within them - images that can be cut into puzzle pieces. Page one becomes the puzzle, page two the cover and then I make a third backing page out of colored posterboard. If all then fits back in the original envelope, sometimes with a cardboard backing to eliminate flexibility in mailing. (postage this year is $1.06)

    The pictures are glued with Ailene's Tacky Glue to 1/4" poplar, cherry or cedar plywood. I use 2/0 puzzle blades from Mike's Workshop. After I cut the outline and before I begin to cut the pieces, I spray it with any "Triple-Thick Glaze" spray and let it dry for at least two days. I don't use any kind of pattern, but I do develop a certain way of cutting each card. When finished, I put it together and give it a light sanding - and I'm done.

    This is our 8th year and it pleases us greatly when the friends to whom we mail them tell us they have added the current year's puzzle to an annual display of the others we've sent. It's a very rewarding project.

    Anyway, I hope some of you give it a try. Questions? I will answer them on the board or you can email me at [email protected]

    Have phun....

  • #2
    And here is the back, showing the cuts that outline the images. There are two quite tricky ones - the outline of the fence in the middle and the tree branches at the bottom.


    • #3

      Your work is an inspiration, Carter.

      There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
      (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)


      • #4
        You said it very well Gill.
        Carter is that.

        Delta P-20 & Q-3

        I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me!


        • #5
          TWO Thumbs up Carter
          Awesome job!
          "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
          Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21


          • #6

            That is just so creative. You are a master.

            It is so frustrating to me that I cannot do that style of cutting. My brain is just not wired that way. I have tried that freehand puzzle cutting, results were too ugly to remember. I need the crutch of a pattern.

            But I must add, I also give you a lot of credit for the simple act of selecting your cards. They are very good choices.



            • #7

              Now that is so cool . You really do puzzles right.


              My saw is a DeWalt788 Measure twice; cut once; count fingers after cut


              • #8
                As always thanks for sharing your amazing work. You are Great!


                • #9
                  Absolutely marvellous.

                  DeWalt 788


                  • #10
                    AWSOME !!!!!!


                    • #11
                      Fantastic job Carter! And I agree - the choice of your card is great also!!

                      I am going to give this a try - but not until January. I am busy right now accumulating inventory for a couple shows later this year, that I don't have time right now to tackle something new. But I will be keeping an eye out for a good card to cut.




                      • #12
                        Just beautiful! I'm still practising and my stamp cutting is getting better but still nowhere as good as yours!!!
                        Cheers. Teresa .


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