Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tater Tot How To

I decided to make the tiny tater folk into a card so you could see how small they really are.

Sentiment is from my Stamp Stash

I think making "little" characters is harder than large ones because
  • its hard to adhere all those little pieces
  • size is crucial - you have to have just the right size parts - there isn't a lot of "close enough is good enough" when things are very small.
So first, I want to say HURRAH for the Owl punch because owning that punch gives you more small circle sizes - and that makes small characters much easier!


Then I want to say HURRAH for Glue Pens and Paper Piercers, because you can stab a little piece of paper and deposit it right on top of the dot of glue you just made with the glue pen!!!!

For Both Mr. & Mrs Spud, (or Tater Tot, or Potato Head):

Body - owl in soft suede - sponged in soft suede ink - ears and feet cut off
Arms - oval ring in white (large oval around small oval hole) - cut the length arms you want with scissors
Hands - itty bitty punch pack circle around tips of modern label in white


Just For Him:

Ears - larger circle from owl punch in pretty in pink
Eyes - larger circle from owl punch in white - trim straight on sides, black dot from marker
Eye lids - small circle form itty bitty punch pack - cut in half (mine wasn't exactly in half and I kept it because it gives him more expression)
Eyebrows - small heart next to the top of small heart hole to get weird sliver of black- cut in half
Nose - started with small circle form itty bitty punch pack in pumpkin pie - trimmed with scissors
Moustache - ran scrap of black through crimper - punched with 1/2 inch circle then trimmed top
Shoes - small circle from itty bitty punch pack - trimmed flat, on retired slot punch (could use small strip or leave off)
Hat - top is 1/2 inch circle, brim is part of a circle ring from 1 inch circle punched around 1/2 inch circle hole

Just For Her:

Ears - circle from itty bitty punch pack in pretty in pink
Eyes - smaller (not tiny) circle from owl punch in white - black dot from tiny owl punch circle in black (or you can use a marker)
Eyebrows - small heart next to the top of small heart hole to get weird sliver of black- cut in half - position just above her eyes (more like eyeliner than eyebrows)
Nose - started with small circle form itty bitty punch pack in pretty in pink- trimmed with scissors (or use a scrap - not much circle left, huh?)
Lips - circle from itty bitty punch pack around the end of a modern label hole in real red
Shoes - toe part from 5 petal flower and heel is a retired slot punch (could use small strip) in real red
Hat - top is 3/4 inch circle, brim is part of 1 inch circle punched near small oval hole  in white
Flower on hat - itty bitty punch pack flower in white, center is tiny circle from owl punch in daffodil delight
 
 
TIP:  When you need just a tiny part of the owl punch - turn it over and insert just a strip or scrap of the color you need - positioning it in the right spot - squeeze.  When you are just punching a little bit you can probably punch upside down. 
 
When you need the whole owl punch you probably will need to use it right side up on a table or desk.

6 comments:

Rebecca said...

Thanks for sharing. I will use your name for this. I hope you get more ideas to use owl punch. SMILE/HUGS

Crafty Cow said...

omg how cool are these cuties!!??!!! thye make mine look like HUUUUGE! lol
love your work as always ellen!!! oh and thanks for another way to use my owl punch rofl....

Amy said...

Your talent and "eye" for punch art blows my mind!

Thanks for inspiring us all once again!

Jamey said...

I loooove these potato heads - you are very talented and creative!

Az Scrappin Sisters said...

You are the PUNCH ART QUEEN!!! :) Aawesome creative work. Totally awesome.

Az Scrappin Sisters said...

You are so creatively awesome!!! You've inspired me to get back to my recipe cart art swap pages!! I even sent your blog address to my fellow swappers.