Ajax wrote:Is this your preferred method over saral paper? Or is saral paper still #1?
You know... I may need some more experience with Stick 'n Carve before I can say for sure. I'm certain that all carvers will have different preferences. I've shown people how to use the handy dandy Saral paper, and yet some folks still tell me they prefer the hole poking method, which I personally think is the most tiresome way to do it.
When you factor in things like the complexity of the pattern you're carving, the shape and density of your pumpkin, and the tool you're using... well you might choose one transfer method over another, based on what feels appropriate. Saral might be more cost effective for a large number of pumpkins, because it comes on a roll and you can even reuse it if you're sneaky.
But for pure ease and speed of carving, Stick 'n Carve could be a game changer. Think about it... print the pattern, stick it on your pumpkin, and... just start carving! You basically skip the transferring/tracing step entirely.
I have several foam pumpkins I've been meaning to carve (with Universal Monsters like Mummy, Bride, etc). After carving my first foamkin with Stick 'n Carve, the process went so fast, I wanted to stick down another sheet of the stuff and plow through another carving. Because the material is water soluable, it sort of "melts" with a crisp clean line, thanks the heat of the versa tool heat blade. Much like the way the foam just slices so easily.
And for real pumpkins, the thin translucent material is easy to saw through without any noticeable resistance. And unlike similar methods using traditional sticker paper or regular paper with glue, there's no worry about how to remove the pattern. No picking at the paper, or soaking it in water overnight. Just run it under water and it dissolves away within moments.