It’s time for another Starting Points post! And this one makes use of something lots of us probably have at home…old wine corks. I have to say right up front that I did not come up with this idea. I saw it somewhere on pinterest or elsewhere. But it’s a fun little technique and I’ve been wanting to try it for a while now. So get out a wine cork or two or three, some wet adhesive, several wood veneer pieces and let’s get started!
The first step is just to find a veneer design that will fit on the end of the cork. I used various Studio Calico veneer packs for my stamps. If it overhangs too much, you may not get an evenly stamped image. Then just take some glue (I used some tacky glue) and adhere the veneer onto the end of the cork. Let it dry for a bit to make sure it’s set and then start stamping! That’s all it takes. I tried a few different types of ink and found that the dye inks (like the Hero Arts ones) worked better than chalk inks for example. And you need to do several practice stamps to really get the veneer soaked with ink so that your stamped image is nice and filled in. It won’t be perfect, but that’s part of the charm.
I used the heart design to embellish a 4×3 filler card for my Disney album. The card itself is from a Studio Calico Project Life Kit. I added the heart stamps and “stitch” stickers to the card to dress it up a bit.
This technique is a great way to get some more mileage out of your wood veneer pieces and could be used with other materials as well. You could try foam thickers to make a custom monogram stamp or buttons for a neat texture stamp. If you give it a try, link up below so we can see your creation!