Crafty Creations: Cork Communication

One of the final projects for the wedding was really the biggest joint effort between Sparky and me. This is also the project that took the most time over all. That project was our seating cards.

My first inspiration to display these cards was the one we stuck with. It made the most sense for us as a couple and was very reflective of our shared interest.

From Project Wedding via Mrs. Jellyfish

My part of the project included the cards themselves: designing, creating, and printing. Since my printer and I are at odds, getting this process right took a fair amount of time (especially since the design we ended up with was 2”³x3”³). This isn’t a post about the cards, though, but is instead about Sparky’s portion of this project: the cork holders.

If you remember my last cork post, you may remember that Sparky and I have saved nearly every cork from every bottle of wine that we’ve opened. Several went to the monogram letters and the rest were saved for this project.

Sparky thought about the best way to approach this project and ultimately decided that it would require a table-top vice and a dremel.

First up: put a cork in the vice. Then cut a channel with the dremel blade.

Sparky set up shop on our deck in order to complete this project.

After the channels were cut, Sparky switched to a rotary sanding head and flattened out the opposite side of the cork (channel on top, flatten area on the bottom).

That vice came in handy but this was a messy process!

“Miss Campfire, why are you taking pictures of me when I’m covered in sawdust?”

Once all of the channels were cut and the cork bottoms were cut, then it was time for me to introduce my portion. I ended up attaching the 2”³x3”³ cards to a larger sheet and (4.5”³x6.5”³) and hand-created each name in Illustrator and then transferred it to Photoshop for printing (better quality and easier design placement—key since the cards were letterpress printed as part of our suite). Once I printed all the cards, I matted them on blue cardstock (the same blue used for our save the dates, invitations, and programs). Then I used some stamps I found at Paper Source to indicate entrée preference for each guest.

Not my cards but a good representation of the stamps from Mimi Turner

Even though the cards turned out to be a pain and super time-consuming, I’m really happy with how they turned out. Mrs. Wallaby gave me awesome advise and told me to do them early so I wasn’t stressing so I did and she was completely right.

Sans entrée stamp, but the finished card!

What did you do for your seating cards?


Mrs. Campfire

Seattle, WA
Wedding Date:
September 2013
Gallery of the Day: September 10, 2013
Linked with Love: What Really Happens At A Reception
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    meganmarie33 162 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:59 am

    They look great!! I think for me this was the project of mine that I hated the most.

  2. msbicycle Bee
    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 10:14 am

    Haha, I love how angry Sparky looks in that last photo 🙂 I wanted to do this same thing but we don’t have room for a table to hold everything 🙁

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    SoonToBeMrsR, Guest @ 10:20 am

    BEAUTIFUL! What font did you use? I’ve been looking for a good calligraphy font.

  4. campfire Bee
    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:25 pm

    @meganmarie33: @Miss Bicycle: This project was a pain in the @$$ but we got a lot of compliments!
    @SoonToBeMrsR: Thanks! It’s Carolyna Pro Black

  5. mswallaby Bee
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:20 pm

    Glad you got them done early – its such a relief, no?! And yay for handy husbands – I love to watch Mr. W operate power tools!

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:18 am

    Awesome! I love the lantern graphic and the cute stamps for meal preference!

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:49 am

    These turned out seriously amazing! I wish Mr. W was crafty with power tools, but I’m the one that loves my power drill! haha 😉

  8. campfire Bee
    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:35 am

    @Mrs. Wallaby: I would have been so stressed if I left them to the last minute! Thanks for the advice!
    @Miss Gondola: Thanks!
    @Mrs. Waterfall: That’s awesome! 🙂

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