Pamela Dalton is a well-established scherenschnitte artist who follows in the early Pennsylvania-Dutch tradition of papercutting. An expert in her craft, Dalton has been recognized for her creations, most notably in 1999 when her work graced the White House Christmas tree. Scherenschnitte, an intricate, silhouetted art form, was used in the 1600s for birth certificates, marriage proposals, and love letters and was customarily centered around Biblical, rural, or patriotic themes. Cut with an X-Acto knife entirely from one sheet of paper, each of Dalton's designs is a hand-drawn original, and framed with wood that is treated with a traditional stain technique involving vinegar and corn. Based in Harlemville, New York, Dalton accepts custom orders by phone.