Now it's time to fit the characters into the arches. Make sure everything is dry. You are going to lay the cut out characters in the arches, and trim off what won't fit. I do this by creasing the part that won't fit with a bone folder or a pencil that isn't too sharp. It's extra easy with the layers. Do one side at a time, and it doesn't really matter where you put them. I like to put them where they are looking at each other , or at something. Line them up in threes (with the exception of the wee cupid. You really want the characters to fit inside, with no part sticking out. I always paint shading with a glaze of black & red, or just black.