After I renewed my Zombie Pumpkins account I started perusing around. And I somehow came across their Stick n Carve sheets made by Sulky. Since I’ve never felt like I’ve wasted money on a Sulky product I decided to snap up a package and see what was what. And because I was pretty confident in the brand and the website I’ve come to get all of my pumpkin patterns from, I went ahead and purchased the Value 10 pack.
And since my mother has a passion for owls, and she was nice enough to play child model in my homemade LEGO costume, it seemed like a nice thank you present. I even bought one of those Funkins fake pumpkins even though I was pretty appalled at the price tag. Even 40% off I paid almost $20 for it but remembering that this one would last FOREVER and not have the icky junk inside to clean out it seemed worth it.
It turned out I was totally disappointed in them. First I removed the sticker and the paint came peeling off… right onto the “best” side of the pumpkin I had planned on carving. And I was being so dang careful because I worried that might happen! Then I went to cut a hole in the bottom and my knife broke. Yep, my knife.
So I tossed the thing on the floor disgusted with the whole thing and got a decorative real pumpkin from my front porch fall goings on. Bah for pumpkin guts and no working oven to even roast the seeds in!
And then I decided to use my new Pumpkin Masters Deluxe Scraper Scoop that looked like one tough son of a gun and cost me $5 at Walmart. First scrape it felt not quite sturdy enough. I inspected it and just knew it was going to break. But I’ll be darned if I wasn’t going to use this super expensive piece of junk as long as I could as the packaging described. So about 3 scrapes in it came apart. And being stubborn I continued to use the scoop without the handle even though it was uncomfortably digging into my hand. Bah a-freakin-gain.
So when it came time to use my Sulky Stick n Carve sheets I was no longer terribly optimistic. Everything was going wrong and I was all about over this. Oh, say hi to Liddy!
But I didn’t just mess with pumpkin goo for no good reason so I decided to get on with it and print out a “Night Owl” pattern onto the sheets . So let’s get with this tutorial, shall we?
You’ll need to print your pattern onto the fabric side NOT the slick side of the paper.
Trim out the excess material.
Peel away the back from the fabric feeling side…
Stick directly onto your pumpkin (the back side is sticky like tape). You’ll need to fold and pleat to get it to sit correctly because a pumpkin isn’t flat like a piece of paper is. Pay attention to the shapes of your pattern and you can swing it so it isn’t noticeable when carved.
And now you carve just like you normally would but you don’t have to use a pushpin or whatever to make a guide to do it. At this point I realized that I had just saved myself at least 45 minutes worth or work. Now that’s awesome because that is not the fun part!
After carving completely take your pumpkin and run it under cool water to remove what is left of the Stick n Carve sheet. It will take a decent stream to remove it and a little bit of rubbing in some places. While you’re in there you can also use your finger to help smooth the inside of your cuts!
Oh, and if you break off a tiny piece, you can use a tooth pick OR a push pin with the ball removed from the blunt end to stick it back on! I did that here and I don’t think you can tell!
Here is my carved pumpkin in daylight. I LOVED how easy it was to carve out with the Stick n Carve and I LOVED even more how much time it saved me. And having a nephew who has a Halloween birthday party every year and likes lots of jacko-lanterns, well, that’s about a godsend right there.
I absolutely stink at dark photography but here is my pumpkin all aglow in a dim room. My cuts are nice and sharp and I’m super happy with the results. Isn’t it fab?
Unfortunately, and following with the disaster theme I didn’t soak my cut pumpkin in bleach water and it shriveled up overnight. But at least it flickered on the dresser all night long where my mom was sleeping and it made her very happy!
And if you’re wondering how this review is ending… I can’t say enough how much I’d recommend these things. They come in 3 pack also if you only carve a few or just let the kids each carve one and the prices are good with reasonable shipping rates. It helps to eliminate the un-fun stuff so that you or the kiddos can hop right into the fun stuff (well, after the necessary guts stuff). And if you’re also wondering, when you see that $5 scraper at Wal-Mart keep on walking and buy yourself a big ol’ bag of Halloween candy instead!