Monday, June 28, 2010

Panda Hello

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.


Whimcees said...


I bet Patti will love this one! :<) Great panda!

Wishing you a good week!

Barbara Diane

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Adorable panda! I love your punch creations!

My easy-peasy way of punching on small pieces of paper is stick a post it note to the paper, which makes it larger... and then align and punch. Remove the excess post it not. Voila!

Patricia Gessner said...

Ellen, I think this is adorable. And I am so happy to be able to see your pictures. Don't know what happened to make them disappear, but am happy they are back.

Cahos' Chaos said...

I just love this little panda. I sure hope when I try out your instructions that I do you justice. Thank you so much for sharing. God Bless. From Diana at

Creations by Patti said...


How could I have missed this one........your panda is way cute. Nice and your personality comes out, too. Love it. I may need to case this cutie.


Carolyn Sharkas said...

Awww, how did I miss him? Too busy making M & T's I guess. I need to stop, I'm missing lots of things.

What a cutie, I love Panda Bears.


Debbi said...

I love,love, love this and I know this is one I will be caseing!!!

Kylie Bertucci said...

oh so adorable!! You are amazing ellen, just so talented. I have been sharing your blog with all of my friends. They love all your punch art as much as me - which is lots!