Inspiration in coffee cup sleeves
There’s a local coffee house that uses these really cool cork coffee cup sleeves when you get coffee to go. I had never seen these before. Using cork for the sleeves has several advantages:
- It insulates better than paper.
- It is both recyclable and biodegradable.
- It can be harvested without killing the tree.
There’s another reason – they look really cool. I had been admiring the sleeves for a while before I realized what I was attracted to – I wanted to use them as a material in my work. Luckily, I found a steady source for the sleeves. I have a reusable coffee mug, so I can’t just buy coffee in paper cups for the sleeves. I get them from a fellow coffee-drinker, sans mug, so I feel no guilt. They’d just get thrown away, right? I decided to try making some cards.
The first thing I learned is that the cork is thin enough to get an 1/8″ eyelet through it. That’s pretty much the most important thing to me when I’m making cards – will the eyelet get through?
I attached skeleton leaves to the cork using eyelets and I was pretty happy with how it looked. When setting eyelets through cork, be careful when you push the eyelet through the hole – they tear easily.
Next I layered the cork/leaf piece over some wood veneer paper. The same evil paper I talked about in this post. You may not be able to glue it with PVA, but it sure likes Duck roller adhesive. Finally, that paper is good for something!
Lastly, I attached the whole collaged piece to a folded piece of card stock.
I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. They’re different from my usual collaged cards, which are much more girly. I like that they look more natural and textural. I definitely plan to use the cork again. I just need to wait for my friend to drink more coffee.