Monday, October 14, 2013

Carve a Pumpkin with a Stencil!


This week over on the StencilGirl Talk Blog we are doing a collaboration with 
all week!
My project show today was a pumpkin that I carved using a StencilGirl stencil designed by June Phaff Daley called Spider Web. I thought I'd show you how I did it and what I did with one of the products that Xyron sent us to play with.

Let's start with the adhesive dots by Xyron. These were a very familiar product to me, but I wanted to use them in a different way than just an adhesive. I pulled some
 flocking out of my stash and gently rubbed it into the dots. 
INSTANT flocked adhesive dots!

I set those aside and will be using them later.

Pumpkin carving...I have many memories of carving pumpkins from my childhood. Some involved contests and HUGE power tools, but that is a story for another day :)
In recent years, I have had so much fun doing this every year with my kids. Well, life goes on and now my kids are big and don't really carve with me and I don't really like the mess so a few years ago I changed over to fake pumpkins to carve. I have quite a few of them now. The best part--I get to use them every year and they don't mold! I usually use a 40% off coupon at Michaels or Joann's and this really is a fun, cheap way to get beautiful pumpkins. I use the simple carving tools that can be found at the Dollar Store.

This year since I am all about StencilGirl stencils and different ways to use them I decided to use a stencil for my annual pumpkin carving. I chose one designed by June Pfaff Daley called Spider Web. Using painter's tape, I masked off the edges of the stencil I didn't want and taped it to the pumpkin. Using acrylic paint (burnt siena) I stenciled the pumpkin with a cosmetic sponge.

Then the fun started!

I have to tell you...although you would think the smaller spaces are the hardest...the BIG spaces are much harder not to make a mistake and cut where you don't want.
All carved! 
Bring back those flocked dots!

I hope you enjoyed my carving as much as I did!
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. OMG- Now I can't wait to carve a pumpkin! Had almost decided not to do one this year but not now!

  2. AWWWW Really?! Wow! Very Dramatic! I haven't carved pumpkins in years! Makes me want to! xoxo

  3. How fun! Great use
    of the stencils. Thanks
    for the tip on the flocked
    Carla from Utah

  4. Spooktacular! Micheal's here I come armed with my 40% off coupon!!! Can't wait to amaze my family and friends! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Love this pumpkin. I may startcarving again with inspiration like this

  6. WOW - your pumpkin is SO COOL!!!
    Love you used the stencil and made your flocked dots - thank you for the inspiration :)

  7. I love love love your pumpkin, Maria!
    Your creativity never ceases to amaze me!!

  8. Are you flocking kidding me? Who knew? This is just eye opening and amazing, Maria.

  9. The flocked dot idea is BRILLIANT. I must try this out!
    <3 J

  10. That's so neat...and the dots tip is filed away for future reference.

  11. Maria, love all of your creative ideas! so much fun to create with all of you Stencil Girls, this week!

  12. OMG Maria, how fantastic is this! How you carved it so beautifully I will never know. xox

  13. THis is gorgeous!! It was a blast playing with all of you Stencil Girls this week!!

  14. You look like a pro! What a fab idea. Love it!

  15. Maria!!!! You're ridiculous!!! I have missed your inspiration!!! HUGS my friend! It's has been too long! Sorry this is a little late but thank you SO much for swapping and hopping with us over at Xyron! :) We had a great time!!!


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