Since this Victorian damask pattern is perfectly symmetrical, it's important to etch it on the flattest side of your pumpkin; lumps and deep ridges could warp the design. Select a pumpkin with at least one smooth side to serve as an etching "canvas," and also seek out a pumpkin with a flat underside to prevent your embellished masterpiece from rolling away from you.
1. Secure your printed Victorian damask pattern to the outside of your cleaned-out pumpkin with clear tape. Map the pattern onto the pumpkin's exterior by punching holes along the stencil lines with a pin tool or a large nail.
2. Rip off the pattern, and etch the design by using a gouge or sharp crafts knife to chisel away slivers of pumpkin skin. (Hint: Wipe away bits of pumpkin skin from the gourd's exterior with a paper towel.)
3. Place your beautifully etched pumpkin on display and light up the design with a bright battery-operated candle.