I also really wanted to win.
As soon as I heard about it I thought of this post detailing how to carve a pumpking with someone's face. I quickly thought up my plan and ran it past my husband.
He thought it would be hilarious.
And now I present to you...
Create a pumpkin with the picture of my Bishop on it.
So the answer to the question, "How does one win a pumpkin carving contest?" is, "Carve out a picture of the judge on it."
Ready to make your own?
STEP ONE: Upload your picture onto Picnik.
Using the "Effects" button, click on the "Sandbox Effects" button (very bottom). Then click on "Adjustable Threshold".
Then work with the black and white threshold to make it very black and white.
Once done, save and print out on a 8 x 11 page.
Warning: The rest of these photos are from my phone-- so they're not very clear. Sorry. They were taken at my church.
Keep going until your picture's done.
STEP SIX: Impress the Masses!
I kid you not, this was the BIGGEST Hit. When I sat down initially and pulled my paper out, someone from across the hall saw it and yelled out, "You are KIDDING me!"
The entire place went silent as everyone stared at me holding my picture.
The rest of the night people kept sauntering over to laugh and ooh at my project.
After a while the bishop was brought over and he thought it was hilarious.
The whole project went pretty quickly and was an immense hit.