Trend Watch – Stick a Pin in it – It’s Cork

I have sheets of cork on the backdrop of the wall where I make my paper creations.  I have pinned crafty quotes, funny photos of my niece and inspiring photos of cards I would like to try.  I am also very tactile and I like the feel of cork when I punch a new picture in my board.  I love that the sheets are so much thinner and firmer for paper crafting so they can go easily through a die cut machine and even be cut cleanly with scissors to make shapes and letters and all sorts of fun things.  Join me today as I explore some of the fun finds I discovered while looking for paper crafting  projects with cork.

This first scrapbook page is in homage to the cork backboard.  I love how Lisa created a fun banner and tacked it into the cork, making the whole page look an awesome wall dedicated to back to school for her kids.

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Page by Lisa Dickerson photo courtesy of Gettin’ By

Yuki used her cork as a decorative element on her page.  She also shared how to make your own embellishments with cork which is totally cool too.  The tags with the cork stars and very fun.

BFF page

page by Yuki Shimada photo courtesy of Love Today

Look how detailed the butterfly is on Karolyn’s card. Never thought you could do that with cork did you?  I just love how delicate it is.  The coordinating colors are a beautiful match as well.


card by Karolyn Loncon photo courtesy of Paper Therapy

I would have never thought to color cork.  It looks so good on Amy’s card that  I am inspired to try colors myself.

Hello Love

card by Amy Tsuruta photo courtesy of Tsuruta Designs

She also created this trendy cactus card and colored the cork as well.  The texture comes through really well and is perfect for her cactus.  Very clever.

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card by Amy Tsuruta photo courtesy of Butterfly Reflections Ink

You can write on cork too! How awesome is this art journal page from Jodie?  You can center the theme around whatever you chose and incorporate your own handwriting.  Or in my case find a cool stamp 🙂


Art Journal by Jodie York photo courtesy of Polka Dot Creative

I love all of the elements that Cindy created on this cork inspired card.  Below I found you a piece of cork that has that cool chevron just in case you were coveting it as much as I was.  Though Cindy created her pattern with a stencil.  I am very impressed.

hi tag

card by Cindy Lawrence photo courtesy of The Creative Closet

Get out your die cuts!  This trend supports those too.  You can create themed cards and titles for your pages with cork.


card by Julie Dinn photo courtesy of Kreative Jewels

We are getting closer to Father’s Day in the States and cork is a wonderful element that can translate into masculine cards well.  This next card just says it all.


card by Agnieszka  Malyszek photo courtesy of Just Made From Paper

I think this card is so quirky and fun.  The cork banner is an unexpected touch that just adds to the fun.

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card by Katie Ghering photo courtesy of Stamping Lightly

Even detailed dies can work well.  How impressive is this message all in cork?

Text Block Bday Cork 1

card by Lizzie Jones photo courtesy of Don’t Forget to Write

The circle cork background is the perfect way to add dimension and highlight the sentiment on Yuki’s card.  The cork stars get their just do as accents for the card as well.  This is a beautiful execution.


card by Yuki Shimada photo courtesy of Love Today

I hope you can think of new ways to use cork to create great embellishments and backgrounds.  I guess now it is time to put a cork in me…I’m done.

Below are a few of the awesome cork products I found to give you even more inspiration and to tempt you to try the cork trend.

So go ahead… make something pretty.

DCWV cork

DCWV Cork stack from


Prima cork stickers from


Paper House Productions Owl Stickers from


American Crafts Whittles cork clothespins from

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American Crafts Chevron cork sheet from

2 replies on “Trend Watch – Stick a Pin in it – It’s Cork”

  1. I’ve seen thin cork at my local craft store, but it never entered my mind to use it with dies. And you’re so right that this look and texture will be perfect for guys! This topic has opened my eyes…….thanks!

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