Monday, June 28, 2010
There have been punched pandas before, but not from me.
My inspiration for this was from an "electronic cutter" panda I saw. I haven't ever conquered those "fancy new fangled" machines. Either my paper is too stuck or my paper won't stick or my tension is not correct.
Hey, maybe that is it - setting tension reminds me of my sewing machine and I don't touch that awful old thing anymore except mending. Mending by machine only happens when they have no other clothes to wear. (Read that as NEVER)
I like to just pick up my little punches and a tiny scrap of paper and DO IT. I do not enjoy struggling with technology (which is why I have yet to conquer videos on this blog)
So here is the "low-tech" way to make a panda:
Head - Wide Oval
Belly - Small Oval
Feet - wide Heart to Heart - repunched with 1/2 inch Circle (see New Year Baby)
Arms - Wide Oval next to Wide Oval hole to get a curved band - then I rounded the "paws" - you can do this with scissors or by inserting into a center of a circle punch and just catching the tip to punch OFF. (similar to the feet)
Ears - 1/2 inch Circle
Eyes - 3/4 inch Circle - reinserted part way and repunched (see tip at end of post)
Eye center - Standard hole punch cut in half
Nose - tip of smallest Heart to Heart
Mouth - small Heart to Heart punch next to small Heart to Heart hole
Pieces on top of hat - Word Window bits - or just tiny strips of paper - (Don't you have a bunch of those on your desk? If you don't, you must be neglecting your punches - shame on you!)
Hat - triangle scrap- run through wood grain texture plate - cut a slit with exacto knife for head to slip into
Some of you will want dimensions on the hat -
No clue what size the angles are - the one at the top is MORE than 90 degree (It is an OBTUSE angle - Look at that 5th grade math spring back to mind!)
Base of the Triangle measures 4 inches
Two sides measure approx 2.5 inches
Height is 1 3/8 inch (straight line from the base to the point)
Colors on the card are Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Riding Hood Red, Basic Black and Whisper White.
TIP: To "repunch" a small object, you can:
1) slip it in, twist your punch around, shake, wiggle and maybe get lucky
or use my recommended method...
2) attach your small piece to a scrap of copy paper with temporary adhesive and then slide that into your punch (punch is upside down so you can see what you are getting) When you get it to the "right" position - Squeeze.
SU sells Dotto adhesive that works perfectly for this - there are other temporary adhesives available out there in craft land. Comes in handy - you really should invest a few dollars in some.