Friday, September 25, 2009

So much for using stamps...

The Inspiration Fairy wasn't just hovering, she was dancing in my punch drawer. She was all but beating me over the head with this idea.  She tempted me; she held it out there in front of me and I succumbed.  I am back on my punch art kick.  I've got several ideas that I hope to show you as soon as I get them into some usable form.

After all, loving my punches isn't really a bad thing, is it?  I've used my stamps for years - surely a little more rest won't hurt them.

I picked up the Butterfly punch again for this card.  And unlike the rubber duck, it is something I KNOW I can use - just as soon as I forget someone's birthday (shouldn't take long). 

Let's see, this must be odd usage #5 (or maybe #6)  for this punch - I can't believe I almost didn't buy it.

Enough yammering. On with the card.

Doesn't he make you saw awwwww?

It is the eyebrows that make him look sad (remorseful).  If you need a happy elephant just leave them off.

Using Basic Gray for all but the eyes and eyebrows, here is the scoop on how to make him:
  • Body - approximate 2 1/2 inch circle (from circle scissor plus)
  • head - 1 3/4 inch circle punch
  • ears - butterfly punches (2) - half of each is hidden behind the head
  • feet - modern label punch (cut in half to get two feet)
  • trunk - word window punch (just draw on some wrinkles)
  • eyes white - heart (trimmed) from heart to heart punch
  • eyes black - standard hole punch with mark from white gel pen
  • eyebrows - slot punch (2)
  • tail - retired black hemp, you can color the natural hemp or fray some black ribbon

Sponge the edges of your pieces so that the gray will show on the gray.

The rest of this card is basic black and dusty durango.  Alphabet used is Just Perfect Alpha.  But where did the big black brad some from?  It is one of our jumbo brads (chocolate, white, vanilla, and silver) colored by rubbing it on the black stazon ink pad.  (Not my idea, I read it somewhere - and this was a white brad so yes, the Stazon really covers well.)

I grin every time I look at him.  And here is a close up so you can too - I tweased his eyebrows and used 1/2 size eyebrows (slot punch) to show you a couple more expressions by just shifting or removing that tiny bit of paper.  

Amazing what a difference eyebrows make, huh?  Play with them and have fun!


Judy Rowland said...

LOL ~ Your elephant is so cute!! I love him!! I love ALL your punchy projects ... I, for one, think loving your punches is a GREAT thing!! I am awed by the inspiration you share!! :)

Joyce Spear said...

LOL! That's exactly what I did at my first glimpse of this elephant. He's delightful! And the eyebrow possibilities totally crack me up! You've done it again!! I hope the inspiration fairy takes you to your punch drawer again and again!

Amanda Coughlin said...

Love him so much I almost kissed my computer screen! :o) So much ammo from your site I'm never going to catch up! Thanks for sharing!

Carolyn Sharkas said...

AWWWWWWWWW! He is so cute, you didn't know I love elephants, too, did ya? I have them in my living room, along with lions and giraffes and other critters. You never cease to amaze me! Yes, I am
ordering this punch along with the snowflake, that will only leave two I don't have, the one with the three little flowers and the arrow one. Bet you can't make me buy those, lol.

Wanda said...

Oh Ellen, he is darling! You've done it again! Thanks, and TFS

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing. I love this little fella. I also love the fact that you share your punch ideas. I love punches.

Basement Stamper said...

Wow! You do amazing work with those punches, they are all fabulous!