Make Your Own Cork Embellishments

Have you seen these fun cork embellishments from Studio Calico?

I love the look of them, but when I placed an online order recently, they were out of stock (I sure do miss my local scrapbook store where I might have had a chance to still find them in stock!).

It’s a good thing they were on my mind as I was wandering through my local JoAnn’s recently because I just happened to notice this 6×6 package of goodness:

Self-adhesive cork sheets. It certainly got my mind spinning with ideas. I wondered if the cork would stand up to heat embossing. Maybe, I could just make my own embellishments with stamps I already have in my stash.

The cool thing is that this cork is thin enough to insert into some of my punches. Not all of them worked, but most did. How cool is it that you can just punch out whatever shape you want or need for your layout?

I found stamps in my stash that would work for a specific layout I had in mind. I only wanted circle embellishments so I used plain circles and pinked circles. I also had some cork circles from My Little Yellow Bicycle and used them in a larger size than what I had in my punches.

I stamped my images with versamark and heat embossed them with white zing.

And voila!

It worked like a charm! These are the ones that made the cut. I wasn’t 100% happy with all of the images I stamped and embossed. The ones that worked best were images that didn’t have a lot of solid background. Those stamps didn’t work on the cork because the cork itself is textured and I couldn’t get a clean image on the texture.

I haven’t had time yet, but I want to try this with some background stamps too. Like my Hero Arts Zig Zag stamp and maybe a floral one too. I also want to try writing directly on the cork with a white Sharpie. I think it would be fun to have some hand drawn and written embellishments too.

What do you think? I’m happy with how these turned out and can’t wait to use them on a layout. (Tune back in on Thursday to see how I use them!)

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. You are so clever and creative, Tammy! These look awesome!

  2. Oh wow!! what a find .. this is awesome, the possibilities are endless!! I just wish I could find that paper here in Australia

  3. love, love, love what you created! i go to Joann’s maybe once a year, but i’ll have to get over there pronto for this cork paper!

  4. Great job creating your own embellishments – can’t wait to see them on a layout!

  5. Very fun!

  6. These are absolutely brilliant and I think I prefer them to the originals. I remember when I we bought our house 20 years ago there was cork on one wall. We still have problems painting that wall even though it has been re-plastered. Off to look and see if we have the equivilant in the UK :0)

  7. Wow, those look fun and fabulous. I bet you could get some interesting results with background stamps too.

  8. You are just so cool!
    I did invest in those pricey SC ones.
    But don’t always like all of the pre made embellishments in a package.
    Would be nice to create what I specifically need.
    Great post!

  9. Wow!!! Those are awesome!

  10. Very nice! I actually have some cork board paper when it came out years ago 🙂

  11. wow wow wow
    these are amazing!!

  12. OMG, theses are amazing Tammy! I haven’t see them, meaning the Studio Calico ones, but I absolutely love that you can your own! I totally have some of the cork sheets and want to try this out!

  13. Wow!! I need to do this!!! Thank you!

  14. Oh my goodness! This is FANTASTIC!!!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  15. this is seriously cool!! i have been LOVING corks lately!



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