Champagne cork stamps

It’s Friday the 13th! What better time to break out that bottle of champagne you keep chilled in the fridge for special occasions? Go get it, I’ll wait.

Don’t tell me I’m the only one who keeps just-in-case bubbly on hand.  If you don’t already, you should definitely start. You never know when something will need celebrating. Then, when you’re done celebrating (ie, sober), bust out a knife and a Sharpie and make yourself a little memento of the event.

What you’ll need:

  • champagne (or wine, but that’s not as fun) cork
  • craft knife
  • Sharpie
  • coffee and ibuprofen (optional, not pictured) to lift the champers fog

Instructions:

1. Draw your design onto the flat end of the cork. Make sure you draw it backwards; your image will stamp in reverse. Draw anything that strikes your fancy – I chose my first initial in lowercase.

2. Very carefully (see how that’s both bold AND italic? Really. Be careful.) cut your design using the craft knife. You can either carve out the space around the design to make the design stamp (that’s what I did), or you can carve out your design to have a circle stamp with your design on the inside.

I’ve found that the best technique is to trace around your design with the craft knife (use small vertical cuts with the point of the knife rather than a sawing motion, otherwise your cork will catch and tear). Once you’ve traced the design, gently cut away the excess cork from the sides using the long edge of the knife as shown. Don’t press too hard; it doesn’t take much, and you don’t want to saw off part of your design (though if you do, you can always cut the cork back to flat & try again).

3. Maybe you have some really tall shoes that need breaking in? Definitely put those on.

4. Cut away the outside (or inside, if you’re going for the photo-negative effect) until your design is completely exposed.

5. Grab an airline cocktail napkin and stamp away!

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