Making Cork Stamps

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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…

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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!

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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…

Warm regards,
Melody

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14 Comments

  1. Posted February 9, 2012 at 11:44 am by Amanda | Permalink

    Oh!! I want to try this…have a few corks in the kitchen right now. This is so awesome, thanks for sharing. I love it!

  2. Posted February 9, 2012 at 7:48 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Amanda,
    You’re very welcome! I’m glad you’re going to try making your own stamps, and look forward to seeing what you come up with…
    Melody

  3. Posted February 10, 2012 at 11:11 am by Diane Chen | Permalink

    I knew there was a good reason for saving corks…
    Diane

  4. Posted February 10, 2012 at 12:35 pm by Debbie Metti | Permalink

    Great cork stamps, Melody! This is yet another reason to drink more wine…although not while you’re using that knife to carve your stamps…ouch!
    xo
    Debbie
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  5. Posted February 10, 2012 at 8:05 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Diane,
    Yes, absolutely! Thank you for commenting…
    Melody

  6. Posted February 10, 2012 at 8:08 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Debbie,
    Thank you! I’m glad you like them! I’m not much of a drinker, so I’m not in any danger, but good point – no carving stamps while drinking any alcoholic beverages, folks! 😮
    Melody

  7. Posted February 24, 2012 at 7:59 am by Hazel | Permalink

    What a great idea!

  8. Posted February 24, 2012 at 8:41 am by Melody | Permalink

    Hazel,
    Thanks! I wasn’t clever enough to think up the idea of stamping with corks, but I was clever enough to recognize a great idea when I saw it. 🙂 Thank you for commenting!
    Melody

  9. Posted March 29, 2012 at 9:44 am by Rikki | Permalink

    This is just the coolest thing ever! I totally have to try it. [:

  10. Posted March 29, 2012 at 6:28 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Rikki,
    So glad you like the idea! I came across a book about carving cork stamps years ago, so it’s not a new idea – but it is a great one. Thank you for stopping by and for commenting!
    Melody

  11. Posted April 1, 2012 at 7:58 am by another jennifer | Permalink

    This is great! I have a ton of corks in my house that I use for decoration or play (my kids love to “cook” with them). Never thought of making stamps with them. Gonna have to try it. Thanks!

  12. Posted April 1, 2012 at 10:35 am by Melody | Permalink

    Another Jennifer,
    Now you and your kids can share the corks. 🙂 I hope you enjoy making and using your stamps! Thank you for visiting my website.
    Melody

  13. Posted May 2, 2012 at 11:59 am by Winnie | Permalink

    This made my day. I collect wine corks (I live on Long Island and go to the vineyards…) and I am a big stamper..Can’t wait to try..Thank you!!

  14. Posted May 2, 2012 at 8:01 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Winnie,
    I’m so glad you found my post, and that you’re excited about trying this project out! I hope you enjoy it, and hope you’ll visit my blog again in the future. Thanks for commenting!
    Melody