The original picture wasn't of good enough quality so I put together a collage of birds my husband had taken. It was quite tricky because the edges of the birds had to remain sharp so no blending, smudging etc:
- I think the card for a jigsaw has to be at least 700gsm thick to fit well together once cut.
- The card needs to be glossy otherwise the card absorbs the ink too much and is fuzzy.
- Glossy card really needs to be especially for photos. The ink 'slid' on the glossy card I had. In the end I used a plain paper setting and reduced the speed of the printer to allow the ink a little drying time. It was still not nearly as clear as proper photo paper.
- Pasting proper photo paper onto card doesn't work - the paper tears when cut which is what I expected.
- The Cricut is limited in it's ability to cut thick card. I would say 300gsm max. If you put card in which is too thick you risk messing up the Cricut machine which I may well have done.
- I didn't put in enough contrast between the background and the birds. Easy for me but not so easy for my Mom who has bad eyesight.
- I would make some of the circles that make up the puzzle inserts bigger so that they don't come out. I generally did a good job of this but not always.