Making stamps from corks is a great way to reuse something you might otherwise throw away, and the resulting stamps can be used to embellish anything from a place card to the pages of your art journal! This cork-stamped place card project is my latest Design Team project for crescendoh.com, and I hope you like it. I used corks from wine bottles, but you can use other types of corks if you have them…
How To Carve a Cork Into a Stamp
Begin with a dry cork. Draw a design on one end of the cork, or plan the design in your head before you begin cutting freehand. Using a very sharp X-ACTO knife, and working carefully so you don’t slice your fingers or hands, cut out your design. A sharp blade will make cutting your design easier, so consider starting with a brand new blade in your utility knife.
Test the stamp with ink when you think the stamp is ready, to make sure you’re pleased with your design. You can easily make tweaks to your design if it’s not quite right. Oh, and don’t worry if you mess up or aren’t pleased with your design. You can simply slice a small section off the end of your cork and try again!
Please note: Both ends of a cork can be used, resulting in two stamps per cork. Woo hoo!
Place Card Directions – So Easy!
Stamp a cork flower image onto watercolor paper with black ink. Stamp your guests’ name next to your cork-stamped design using the lowercase Best Life Alphabet. Attach a red gem to the center of the stamped flower design using a mini glue dot.
I Love My Cork Stamps!
Making cork stamps is easy, economical, and fun. I use my cork stamps on a regular basis, and hope you’ll make some too! Please let me know if you have any questions, dear readers. It’s always a pleasure to hear from you…