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Category Paper Crafts
Style Holiday, Whimsical
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What materials did you use? This artificial pumpkin was carved with an X-acto knife, then a paper cut skeleton, fish and pier were added. The skeletons were covered in glow-in-the-dark glitter; the fishing pole was a dwarf lemon tree branch painted black and strung with white thread. Background was scrapbook paper highlighted with more glow-in-the-dark paint. This project won the Halloween contest as best craft project entry.

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What are you most proud of? I'm most proud of the fact this project won the Martha Stewart contest :)

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Hone your papercutting skills first with simple designs that can be mounted on styrofoam inserts with craft wire. Use search engines for classic Halloween designs such as black cats, witches, bats or owls if you don't have an idea in mind for your project. Watch for craft store sales of artifical pumpkins and stock up for future use. Remember that artificial pumpkins can be painted and/or glittered - but you have to use battery-operated tealights in them - no real flames!

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I've done lots of paper crafting over the years & I just love the way these turned out. How did u get the background paper to lay down so smooth on the concave inside surface of the pumpkin?

10/20/2011 Flag

Surprisingly enough when I cut the scrapbook paper to the width and height of the interior of the pumpkin and set it inside it curved nicely on its own with only a bit of pushing into place. I cut it long enough so that it began and ended at the edges of the opening. If you felt you needed a bit more than that to keep it snugly in place you could dab some tacky white glue at the corners or push small straight pins in at an angle (as long as they don't poke though the pumpkin (you might even want to paint them the same color as your interior to help hide them).

10/20/2011 Flag