The two little outer parts are the punches. One side is a 1/8th size and the other is a 3/16th size.
If you look closely on the sides of your Crop A Dile (CAD), you will notice that the sizes are etched into the metal.
You will also notice that just under your punch part...there is a slider thing...that is called a 'depth gauge'. You can use that to set a particular depth to whatever you are punching so that you don't have to 'eyeball' it each time.
Say you want to make 4 holes down the side of something. Eyeball it the first time, adjust the depth gauge and then tighten it. Now, it is set for every hole you want to punch.
Now, look at the little black revolving discs on the nose part of your CAD. You will notice that there are numbers and letters on the sides.
You will use these combinations of letters and numbers depending on what you are doing.
As I said before, the center part of your CAD is the setter. The black squares are actually rotating cubes that allow you to access four different settings and four platforms. These cubes have different numbers and letters on them. Just pull gently outwards....and swivel to the correct setting.
A-1 Setting the 3/16" eyelets and extra large eyelets and snap flare (like WeRMemorykeepers)
B-2 Setting the 1/8" round snap setter (medium eyelet and snap flares)
C-3 Setting 1/8" eyelets (small eyelets and snap flares)
C-4 Actually, someone said this worked better than C-3, but haven't tried it yet
D-4 Flat Setter (cone shaped flare)
A-2 Dry embossing (yep, you heard that right)
If you have your CAD, take it and a piece of scrap paper and play with the different settings to get used to them.
You do not have to wrench on the handle, that is the beauty of this tool, it sets with a simple squeeze. It really doesn't take that much pressure.
Here are some ideas that I have found. The examples here are just things I experimented on. I basically just started punching holes in everything.....so if you play with yours and come up with something please share with me !!
Things to do with the CAD!!!!
Use it to punch holes in acrylic frames, make more holes in your husband's leather belts, punch holes in four coasters at once to make those cute coaster boxes and you can even punch holes in canvas panels.
Punch thru tin cookie cutters to make cute little ornaments, add eyelets to those tin buckets and lunch pails that you alter.....and add holes in magazines to put in 3 ring binders.
Dry embossing!!! How fun!! You can make all kinds of designs, even a PICKLE!