Originally Posted by theresaf
For oversize pieces I like to make my template using wrapping paper. It's big, it's white on the back and there's always some around. Then you can skip the copy shop. Make your template the kindergarten old-fashioned way by folding your paper in half first and sketching half a heart and cutting it out. You may find you prefer a more or less rounded shape that way once you see it actual size. And you will definitely see what your shape will look like before you start carving! Good Luck.
^^agree with everything^^
True, you can skip the copy shop for this project. I guess I got ahead of myself.
freezer paper works well, too, and has the added advantage of being non-stick and a little heavier than gift wrap. I keep freezer paper just for making templates.
I always fold my templates in half before making any adjustments. That way, no matter what I screw up, at least it's even!