I love punch art. I love looking at a character or creature and trying to figure out what punches I can use to create the best representation. The main thing to remember about creating characters out of punch art, is to find the most identifiable characteristic(s) of the subject and try to duplicate that feature the best. For example, the most identifiable characteristics of Captain America are his shield and face mask. Sponge Bob is a sponge, but what mainly sticks out are his eyes and mouth. If you can get those features as close as possible, the rest will fall into place. Think outside of your punches, and see the hidden shapes.
If you don’t know where to start, check out “Stampin’ Connection” for those of you SU distributors, or You Tube or Pinterest to get ideas. The two most versatile punches I own are the Owl Builder Punch and the Bird Builder Punch from SU.
Circles and ovals are standards for punch art. It is important to sponge the edges of the parts of the detailed characters so they stand out.
Here an array of my favorite punch art, with notes about the punches used. On my next blog, I will teach you how to create a Snoopy on his doghouse. You will love it.
Some of these punch art images have appeared on my blog before.
I loved this little snowman so much, he is featured in my Christmas Cards this year. The idea is a CAS from the Stampin’ Connection site, but I have seen him in other places. The background and snow are mine.
Punches used: Head 1 3/8″ circle, middle 1 3/4″ circle, bottom 2″ circle, Eyes/Mouth/Heart – Owl Builder Punch, Nose – hand cut from a strip of orange paper, Arms – Snowflake Punch, or you can use a twig punch or die.
To create the background, I first punched hearts and snowflakes on a piece of paper to create a stencil. I used a sponge dauber and white craft ink. I then added a couple of snowflake punches. For the snow, I tore the top of two layers of white paper. I used a white gel pen to create the sparkle in his eyes, and a piece of ribbon for the muffler.
Just in time for the Valentine’s challenge, I created this Love Monkey Card. Punches Used: Head – 1 3/4″ circle, Face – five petal punch, Eyes/Nose-1/2″ circle, owl builder (black) and nose, Muzzle/Mouth – oval punch, Body-1 3/4″ circle in brown and large oval light brown (belly), Arms- Word Window Punch, Tail-large oval, trimmed by hand. Heart-Scalloped Heart Embosslit.
The winter birthday card was created by using a snow background embossing folder, a large scallop circle die, an Apothecary Labels die and an image from the Four Seasons stamp set (SU) heat embossed with white embossing powder, and the sentiment was the Warmest of Wishes SU hostess set.
The lady bug was created with a 1 3/4″ circle punch in black and red. I cut the red circle in half to create the wings. The head was created with a 1 3/8″ circle punch. The hearts are from owl builder punch. The leaves are from the bird builder punch and the Blossom Petals Builder Punches. I used a wood grain embossing folder for the background.
Captain America is a little more advanced and requires some hand cutting. I recommend you print out a picture of Captain America to work with. I used a brick background embossing folder. To create the shield, I used a series of circle punches, built off of the size star punch I had. Since this is a recognizable feature, it is important to get the shield correct. I used Crystal Effects to create the shine on the shield, after I distressed the edges. Starting with the head, I used an oval punch to create the mask. I then used the Modern Label punch to cut the face out of the mask. I used a small half circle to create the chin, a small quarter circle to create the nose. I hand cut the mouth and teeth. I hand cut the eye “holes” in the mask, and then used half circles for the eyes. I used pieces of the vine from the Bird Builder punch for the mask “wings,” and hand cut the “A.” The arms were created with the small oval punch and the modern label punch for the hand/glove. For the body, I used a large oval for the upper body to create the pectoral area, and the smaller oval for his midsection. The small oval was half blue and half red/white stripes. I hid the lower body behind the brick wall. I used a small alphabet to create the sentiment.
My grandson loves Sponge Bob, so I created this card for him. The nose is tricky. I pulled up several images of SB on the internet to look at before I started, remembering I had a small card base to work with. To create the body, I used two Top Note dies and layered them. It is important to sponge the edges so the layers stand out. I used a sponge dauber to create the sponge holes. To create the hat, I cut a strip of red paper and laid it diagonally across the top corner. I then added a strip of white paper and edged it with a Scallop Edge Border. I cut a triangle for the top of the hat and attached it to the back of the card layer to get the “bend forward” look. I used a large scallop circle for the white bauble, cut to fit the edge of the card. The shirt and pants were created with layers of white and brown paper. I used a marker to create the shirt collar and the belt line. I hand cut the bottom of the tie from red, and used a small circle punch for the knot. For the mouth area, I cut the top off of a circle, added two hand cut teeth and highlighted the mouth with a marker. The nose was cut with an oval punch and then trimmed to get the effect I wanted. The eyes and cheeks were cut with circle punches. The eyelashes were drawn by hand. I used a white gel pen for the eye sparkle.