DIY Carved Cork Stamps

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Today’s project combines two of my favorite things: crafts and wine. It’s really a match made in heaven, don’t you think? So why not break out that stash of wine corks you’ve been savingĀ for some undecided creative project (everyone has one of those, right?) and make yourself some fun, bold stamps!?

carved_cork_stamp_DIYAll you need for this project is a few corks, a utility knife, and some paint or stamping ink. Personally, I prefer to use paint with these, because it fills in all the little nooks and crannies of the cork and makes a fuller looking stamped image.

soaking_corks_for_carved_stamps_2Start off by soaking your corks in a bowl of warm water. This will help when you begin carving, because the cork will be less crumbly when it has absorbed some moisture. It should be noted that you can use those plastic-y corks as well, and this step can be skipped for those.

carving_cork_stamps_1Draw your design on the flat end of the cork. Bolder, simpler designs usually work best, unless you are extremely skilled with that exacto blade (I am not).

carving_cork_stamps_2Then begin to carve away the negative space around your design, trying to cut straight down at the edges of the shape. You don’t need to go very deep, a couple millimeters will do.

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Finally, using a foam brush or flat paintbrush, load up your carved surface with some paint, and get stampin’!

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I like to use these to make customized cards, tags and wrapping paper. But they could work equally well on fabric. I’m already thinking about some hand-stamped tea towels for my kitchen!

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