Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge October 2023 - Jack-o-Lantern!

 Hello Crafty Friends and Welcome! It's Designer Challenge time once again and this month we have been challenged to create a card with a Jack-o-Lantern!! For my card, I used the Bitty Ball Pop-Up along with the Autumn Elements and the Character Add-Ons 1 die set. 


For this card, I started with a 5.5 x 5.5 sized card base using light weight kraft cardstock. I didn't want to use a heavy weight cardstock because I knew that the pop-up would have a lot of bulk. 

I added a fall themed patterned paper to the background and a green cardstock to the bottom. Then I die cut a scalloped border using the same green cardstock and added that to the background. 

I die cut all the pieces from the Autumn Elements from smooth white heavy weight cardstock and colored them using Copic markers. I added them to the background, then added some Glossy Accents and Stickles glitter gel to give the leaves and pumpkins some dimension. I set that aside to dry. 

I then started to create my Jack-o-Lantern scarecrow. To be honest, I created the pumpkin head first then had no idea what to do with it. Then I thought about a scarecrow! 

I die cut the pumpkin head from a dark orange and a light orange cardstock. I glued everything together to create the pop-up ball. For the instructional video on how to do this click here

I die cut the jack-o-lantern face using the Character Add-On 1 die set using a glossy black cardstock. I glued the face on and then cut the leaves for the top. I used green cardstock and added some detail using Copic markers. 

I then die cut half a bitty ball with red cardstock and half with dark blue cardstock. I added a checkered patterned paper to the red ball and the same dark blue cardstock to the bottom ball. I glued them together to create the body. I die cut the arms from the Bitty Ball Pop-up, added the shirt and frayed hay bits to the arms. Then I added little shoes to the bottom. With a white Gelly Pen, I added some details to the overalls. I had to die cut a piece of bitty ball and cut out the bib part of the overalls and glued it to the shirt part. 

Before I added my scarecrow to the card base, I die cut the Happy Thanksgiving sentiment to the background using black cardstock and gold glitter cardstock. 

Then I positioned my scarecrow where I wanted him and glued him down. 

Lastly I die cut a small white rectangle to add a place to sign the card. 

I kept the front of the card simple, using the same patterned paper as the inside. I will be adding a magnetic clip in the future to keep the card closed. 

Thank you so much for stopping by for Designer Challenge and Happy Crafting!


  1. Libby (E. B. Dreier)October 13, 2023 at 5:07 PM

    Adorable! Absolutely adorable! Who wouldn't want to receive this "pumpkin" all dressed up and ready to Trick or Treat?!?!

  2. I LOVE the fall leaves background and darling pop up pumpkin!

  3. Love pumpkins and scarecrows - great way to combine them!

  4. Such a cute autumn looking card. I love his flannel shirt.

  5. I love the bright red apples! And a very creative take on the challenge! I love Candy Corn!

  6. This just brings a smile to my face. Love it

  7. Awesome scarecrow! Your card really made me smile!

  8. This pumpkin is so bright and fun! Love the plaid shirt. So much fall. Love candy corn.


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