A traditional and useful technique, applied carving makes it easier to get a smooth background than carving done "in the solid," where you have to lower the background with relief cuts or a router. With applied carving, the design is cut out with a scrollsaw and then applied to a backer board, carved, and glued to the workpiece. Learn this method, and an alternative one where the blank is applied directly to the workpiece and carved in place.

From Fine Woodworking #226