Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Tutorial: Stamp Making With Wine Corks
If you're interested in this tutorial, I hope you'll join me at the September Craft Night. It's free and we'll be making these! More information about craft night here.
No preamble today. Too excited. Let's just get right to making stuff.
Wine Corks (of any shapes and sizes)
Small Saw (optional and not pictured)
Cutting Mat (optional)
Foam Craft Sheet (any color)
Small hole punch (optional)
My corks are a little rounded on the edge, and I wanted to try splitting some in half to get a different size surface for the stamps. So I took a small saw (it's the saw attachment that fits in an Xacto knife) and trimmed all the edges where I planned to glue the stamps to get a flat surface. You can probably cut them with an Xacto knife too with a little more patience or be happy with your corks as they are.
I took my corks and drew an outline of the space available for a stamp onto the foam so I would size everything correctly. And then I drew with my sharpie right on the craft foam within those spaces. It's a little messy because I adjusted my lines a bit. Keep in mind that sheets of foam don't cut exactly like paper. It's better to keep your shapes a little loose and not be worried about small details. I put dots where I knew I planned to take my smallest hole punch to make eyes. The cat's nose and mouth are a bit presumptuous, but I figured I could try and if they don't show up when I stamp, so be it.
A word on making letters or anything that has a right from a left. Stamps need to be mirror-images of the final glued on stamp. BUT I'm going to glue the side I'm drawing on to the cork anyway (I'm a neat freak who doesn't want people to see my messy sharpy lines) so the direction I draw on the foam is going to be as it prints.
Cut out your drawings. It's easier said than done, certainly. I cut everything that I could with scissors and then went in with the Xacto knife in a few places to do some clean up. The hardest part are always the curves, but I just whittle away at whatever corners show up until it's as rounded as it can be. Like I said, loose lines are best. Details are hard.
Then I went in with my tiny hole punch and made some holes for eyes and the like. If you have any fancy hole punches, you can use them to help you make negative space too.
Take the tiny bits of foam you just cut out and glue them onto the foam. If you have anything that needs to be a certain direction (e.g. letters) make sure you glue the side you drew on to the cork.
I just used a glue stick and that worked fine. I understand that acetone-based glues eat away at foam, so it's best to stay away from E6000 and the like.
Stamping time! My poor neglected stamp pad came out from hiding and got some use.