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    I thought I would share how the natural design on something like a Christmas card can be used, on occasion, in designing a tray style jigsaw puzzle.

    With most of the other cards I have recently shared, the border on the tray was created with my own design by covering the wood with a theme and color matched paper.

    In this card, the artwork on the face lends itself to a natural tray cut out.

    Here is the card I started with, a very sweet picture, reflecting the meaning of Christmas to those who celebrate....

    Shawn Ferguson

    Come visit at The Ferguson Puzzle Company !

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    ......And here is the wooden jigsaw puzzle I cut from it. You can see that I dropped the central part down into the tray, leaving the outside artwork on the card as the border. I designed the pieces in multilevel style, elevating the Star of Bethlehem figural to a higher level. I decided to being the little sheep in the foreground even higher than the border itself, which makes a nice effect of the sheep gazing into the scene.










    I decided to use a nice Walnut for the base. I love the way walnut looks when sanded finely and finished with shellac!









    I hope that gives everyone some ideas!!


    .
    Shawn Ferguson

    Come visit at The Ferguson Puzzle Company !

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    • #3
      beautiful as always.....you have been busy lately!!!!.....the multi level puzzle adds so much more dimension to the overall puzzle experience......great job...don't let that little sheep get away!!

      bob
      Last edited by avapilot; 12-16-2014, 06:51 PM.
      "The Journey is the Reward"

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      • #4
        I like that a lot!

        Carter

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        • #5
          Very very nice !
          "Home Of The Dust Free Scroll Saw"
          Remember (IT is WHAT it IS)( Unless YOU change IT!)

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          • #6
            Shawn

            Another great project.
            cwmagee
            aka Fibber
            Producer of fancy firewood​

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            • #7
              Great work, Shawn!

              Matt

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              • #8
                Beautiful , and motivating.

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                • #9
                  Great job. Gives me a lot of ideas.

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                  • #10
                    Shawn
                    You Rock! That's a great puzzle & tutorial and a GREAT little gift.

                    Merry Christmas!
                    John
                    I've Got A Lot More To Learn
                    About Leaving Battlegrounds Alone
                    "~~ Molly Venter

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                    • #11
                      Wondermous as always.
                      "Still Montana Mike"

                      "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
                      Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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                      • #12
                        You have inspired me to rescue several cards from last Christmas. What if anything do you coat the top of the card with? and what do you use to glue it to the substrate.
                        Rolf
                        RBI G4 Hawk, Delta SS350, Nova 1624 DVR XP
                        Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
                        Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
                        And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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                        • #13
                          Thanks, everyone!

                          Rolf, I usually topcoat with either a triple glaze spray or a matte finish. I think my favorite is the Krylon Matte Finish, because it looks nice and dries extremely quickly (I sometimes start cutting within 1/2 hour). It's non-glare as well.

                          For a sturdier finish, especially if the puzzle is meant for young children, the triple glaze might be a better choice (takes up to a day to dry).

                          For paper to wood adhesion, you have lots of options. I think you had mentioned that you have a Xyron machine in the past. If so, it is a great choice for small puzzles such as those made from Christmas cards. Quick and easy, and no mess. Just be sure to use the permanent adhesive rolls.

                          If dealing with a very large image, I prefer to use a spray adhesive.
                          Everyone has their favorites, but I'm not personally very fond of wet, spread on glues myself.
                          Shawn Ferguson

                          Come visit at The Ferguson Puzzle Company !

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                          • #14
                            Thanks Shawn yes I have the xyron and love it, especially at this time of year when I have to kick up my production efforts
                            Rolf
                            RBI G4 Hawk, Delta SS350, Nova 1624 DVR XP
                            Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
                            Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
                            And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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                            • #15
                              Great puzzle and thanks for the very helpful information.

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