Stampin' Up!'s new Extra-Large Cogs Double Punch (Item 118873, $17.95) is a cool new tool, but as the name implies, it is a double punch, and it works a little differently. This punch creates two cogs in two different sizes, and also gives you two punched circles--one is 11/32" and the other is about 21/32". They layer nicely with our 1/2" and 3/4" Circle Punches.
As you press down on the punch, the two center circles will pop out the bottom first...but you aren't done yet. You need to squeeze a little more, or press, if you have your punch on the countertop, to get the cogs to punch out. The cogs will not fall out the bottom as the circles did. You'll need to tilt your punch to the side, and the cogs will slide out.
I usually hold my punches upside down so I can line up an image inside them, but because the Extra-Large Cogs Double Punch is a double punch, you won't be able to see through the bottom to line up the cogs. You'll only see the holes for the center circles if you look at the punch from the bottom.
Well, old habits die hard, and I constantly find myself holding the Cogs punch upside-down. So, in order to further enable my stuborness, I decided to mark the location of the cogs on the bottom of my punch. I punched out the cogs from some Vellum Card Stock, and centered each over its respective hole on the bottom of the punch. (I used Vellum Card Stock because it's translucent, so you can see through it!) I stuck each cog there temporarily with Dotto, and traced around each cog with a fine tip Sharpie marker. Then I pulled off the punched cog pieces. You can see what I did in the pictures below.
The marker will not stay permanently on the metal surface (you can wipe it off with alcohol), so the markings will probably fade a little over time, but at least I have an idea of how close to the edge of the card stock I might be when I'm punching, so ideally that means less waste! The marker also bled a little through the edges of the Vellum Card Stock on the little cog, but I don't mind. It gives me the visual reference I wanted.
Please feel free to email me if you have questions regarding any of the other cool new products in the 2010 Summer Mini Catalog!