How To Use The New Silhouette Cork Sheets

How To Use The New Silhouette Cork Sheets

How To Use The New Silhouette Cork Sheets by Kelly Wayment for Silhouette

Are you excited about the new products showing up in the Silhouette Online Shop? I am! Among the first new and unique products, I tried are the cork sheets, and I’m here to show you how to use them.

 

What You Should Know About the Cork Sheets:How To Use The New Silhouette Cork Sheets by Kelly Wayment for Silhouette

  • Adhesive backed and ready to stick anywhere
  • Size is 5 in. x 7 in. (eight sheets per package)
  • Quite thin, so they are more like cork stickers than thick cork board
  • My successful cork settings: Blade 10, Speed 1, Thickness 33, Double Cut

Out of all the options I could think of for using cork stickers, I decided to use them as embellishments on an existing cork bulletin board. It really adds some fun visual interest to an otherwise-boring board (no pun intended).

 

What You’ll Need For This Project:How To Use The New Silhouette Cork Sheets by Kelly Wayment for Silhouette

 

STEP ONE: CREATE CORK DESIGNHow To Use The New Silhouette Cork Sheets by Kelly Wayment for Silhouette

I tested a range of designs and realized quickly that the soft cork is a little picky with how small it will cut. You will probably not have a lot of success cutting really intricate shapes like you can with other materials like vinyl, but you can easily cut thin designs and fonts that are simple.

I chose some flowers and a word to place on the cork bulletin board, but I also wanted to have a little outline so you could see some definition around the cutout layer.

  1. Draw a rectangle 15.375 in. wide x 9.375 in. high as a reference for the final bulletin board (measure the exposed portion of your bulletin board and use those measurements).
  2. Resize the branch in bloom design so it fits within the 7 in. x 5 in. cork sheet.
  3. I made two flowering branches (one mirrored horizontally from the other) and the word “create,” which will use three cork sheets.
  4. Arrange the flowers and words on the reference rectangle to make sure they will fit on the board and look appealing. Rotate and resize as necessary.

 

STEP TWO: CREATE STENCIL OFFSETHow To Use The New Silhouette Cork Sheets by Kelly Wayment for Silhouette

Once the flowers and words are correctly arranged and sized, it’s time to create an offset.

  1. Group the flowers together.
  2. With the flowers selected, create an offset with a distance of 0.066 in. in the Offset Window.
  3. Remove the centers of the offset and keep just the outer edge by releasing the compound path (Object>Release Compound Path).
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the word “create.”
  5. Draw a rectangle around the flower offset and another around the word, leaving about an inch minimum for the stencil to protect your surface from stray paint. (See image below.)
  6. Note: the rectangle must still fit within the 9 in. width of the stencil vinyl.

 

 

STEP THREE: CUT STENCIL AND CORK MATERIALSHow To Use The New Silhouette Cork Sheets by Kelly Wayment for Silhouette

  1. Cut the offsets and their outer rectangles from stencil vinyl using vinyl cut settings (I used blade 2, speed 8, thickness 9).
  2. Cut the flower designs and the word from cork sheets. (I used blade 10, speed 1, thickness 33, double cut.) It’s a good idea to do a test cut first in an area of the cork sheet that won’t be used.
  3. Hint: Set your page size to 7 in. x 5 in. in the Design Page Settings Window to match the cork sheet, or use your workspace grid (Right Click > Show Grid) as a reference to make sure your design stays within the cork sheet.
  4. To weed the cork material, I find it easiest to leave the main design on the cutting mat and pull away the outer edge of the cork sheet, then use a hook tool to weed away any inner pieces. You can see in my photo above I’ve weeded out all the excess cork and have started weeding out the sticker backing.
  5. Use a spatula tool to gently lift the finished design with its backing off the cutting mat.

 

STEP FOUR: APPLY PAINT AND CORK DESIGNSHow To Use The New Silhouette Cork Sheets by Kelly Wayment for Silhouette

  1. Use the stencil to apply a light coat of paint or fabric ink to the bulletin board, then remove the stencil.
  2. Once the paint is dry, peel away the cork’s sticker backing and use the painted offset as a guide for placing your cork stickers on the bulletin board.
  3. Note: The cork stickers are briefly removable while applied fresh with a light touch, but then stick permanently to the painted cork background after a few minutes or when pressed firmly.

Don’t you think the cork-on-cork look is fun?

How To Use The New Silhouette Cork Sheets by Kelly Wayment for Silhouette

I can think of several more projects I’ll be trying with these new cork sheets. What ideas do you have in mind?

Designs Used:

branch in bloom

mk thick type font

Products Used:

Hook

Spatula

stencil vinyl

Silhouette CAMEO® 3

Fabric Ink - White

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6 comments

  1. Oh! That is very cute! 😀 TFS

  2. Love that. It would make a “to do” board much more enjoyable to look at.

    1. Thanks, Cyndi! I agree.

  3. Love this Kelly! I really like the cork-on-cork look! 🙂

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