Find us on Google+

Champagne Cork Shamrock

by Amy Bowerman

Happy St. Patrick’s Day creative friends!  Today I’m sharing a Champagne cork Shamrock tutorial to bring you lil’ bit o’ luck of the irish!  Who doesn’t love a good wine/champagne cork craft?  There’s more than one way to ‘put a cork in it’ so let’s upcycle some corks into a festive St. Patty’s day Shamrock!

Champagne Cork Shamrock | Pluckingdaisies.com

 

This champagne cork Shamrock was easy to create with matboard scraps found around my studio, my new favorite inks and pastes from Wendy Vecchi and a champagne cork left over from New Year’s Eve festivities.

 

Champagne Cork Shamrock | Pluckingdaisies.com

 

Champagne corks make great stands for paper craft and mixed media projects.  It won’t cost you a penny to turn your art into a free-standing home decor piece.  All you need is a cork and bit o’ glue!

 

Champagne Cork Shamrock | Pluckingdaisies.com

 

How to make a Champagne Cork Shamrock

I’m pretty excited about this Champagne Cork discovery.  I wasn’t sure it would work but by the luck o’ the irish my Champagne Cork Shamrock stood up with ease!  I for one will be using this trick to turn future holiday paper/mixed media projects into free-standing home decor pieces again and again.

Supplies:

  • Champagne Cork
  • Die Cut Pieces (I used Eileen Hull Heart Bag Sizzix Die)
  • Mat Board, Chipboard or Cardboard
  • Favorite inks or paints (I used Wendy Vecchi Archival Inks Fern Green, Leaf Green, and Tree Branch)
  • Wendy Vecchi Embossing Pastes Gold & Crackle
  • Glossy Accents or favorite adhesive
  • Favorite Stamps (optional)

 

Champagne Cork Shamrock | Pluckingdaisies.com

 

STEP 1:  Cut 3 heart shapes to form Shamrock.  Layer together and adhere with Glossy Accents or other adhesive.

 

Champagne Cork Shamrock | Pluckingdaisies.com

 

STEP 2:  Apply Wendy Vecchi Gold Embossing paste to heart pieces and champagne cork with paper towel or soft cloth.  Allow to dry.

 

Champagne Cork Shamrock | Pluckingdaisies.com

 

STEP 3: Repeat step 2 using Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture paste.

*TIP*  Insert a floral pin into bottom of cork for easier paste application and drying.

 

Champagne Cork Shamrock | Pluckingdaisies.com

 

STEP 4:  Ink cork and heart pieces with Wendy Vecchi Archival Inks (Leaf Green & Fern Green)

 

Champagne Cork Shamrock | Pluckingdaisies.com

 

STEP 5:  Stamp over inked shamrock with a background stamp and Wendy Vecchi Archival ink Tree Branch.

*TIP* Use wax paper to mask off pre-inked areas.

 

Champagne Cork Shamrock | Pluckingdaisies.com

 

STEP 6:  Add a touch of sparkle with Glossy Accents and Distress Glitter (peeled paint)

 

Champagne Cork Shamrock | Pluckingdaisies.com

 

Embossing Confetti

Here’s a fun trick I learned while creating this project…you can emboss confetti dollar store confetti!  Heating the confetti with a heat gun will change the color slightly (so cool) and allow you to mold the edges with your fingers to create dimension!

 

Champagne Cork Shamrock | Pluckingdaisies.com

 

STEP 6:  Use a craft knife to cut a notch in your champagne cork.  Fill with hot glue and insert shamrock.

 

Champagne Cork Shamrock | Pluckingdaisies.com

 

Now you have a free-standing Shamrock to decorate your home for St. Patrick’s day!  With spring about to be sprung, you can use this champagne cork technique for all kinds of home decor projects from flowers to Easter crafts!  There’s no shortage of corks around so gather them up and repurpose them into nifty little art stands!

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Amy*

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anita Houston March 18, 2014 at 10:59 am

What a FUN idea!!!! Great tutorial! Love the project!

Reply

2 stamping sue March 18, 2014 at 7:54 am

Amy, what a creative shamrock! I agree that it is fun to recycle something into art.
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/
stamping sue recently posted..MFP Bundle of joy blog hop – day 6My Profile

Reply

3 Anne Rx March 17, 2014 at 11:33 am

Happy St Patrick’s Day to you too Amy! I love how you used the hearts to make the shamrock and the embossing paste and gorgeous glitter add lots of lovely dimension – great use for a champagne cork too! Hugs, Anne xx
Anne Rx recently posted..Tag Friday for A Vintage JourneyMy Profile

Reply

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge

{ 1 trackback }

Previous post:

Next post:

Follow my blog with Bloglovin