Quick Faux Leather Technique for Papercrafting

Posted by Lori Williams
Create faux leather from paper with this simple step by step tutorial. You'll be able to add unique layers to your papercrafting projects.

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Today I'm going to share with you a really simple step by step tutorial on how to create faux leather. I love the richness that embossed leather has but who can afford to use that for their papercrafting projects? Not me. I've got a better solution that will not only cost you almost nothing but will let you add your creative flair to each and every piece. It's also a great trick to create layers on your cards and layouts.

  • Sizzix Texture Fades A2 Embossing Folders 2/Pkg-Collage & Notebook By Tim Holtz
  • WorldWin Kraft Cardstock 12"X12" 25/Pkg
  • Scotch Foam Mounting Tape-.5"X75"
  • Ranger - Distress Pads by Tim Holtz - Gathered Twigs
  • Tim Holtz: Blending Tool
  • VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
  • Zap Embossing Heat Gun
  • Clear Detail Embossing Powder
  • Twine
  • Foam Tape
  • Graphic 45 / Staples/ Keys
  • Ken Oliver- Best Ever Craft Mat
  • Petaloo: Vintage Velvet Dogwood
  • Black Card Stock
  • Graphic 45 Paper Pad Cityscapes
  • Zip Dry Glue

Start with plain kraft card stock and an embossing folder of your choice. I love the Tim Holtz embossing folders with all their detail, but you can use any type you would prefer.

Once your paper is embossed, use a darker color brown ink. I love the Gathered Twig from Tim Holtz or I also use a lot the Vintage Photo. With the blending tool, load the foam sponge with ink and lightly rub over the embossed area.

Rub the entire surface with Versa Mark Ink transparent ink. This is going to make a sticky clear film on your paper and allow for the embossing powder to stick.

Sprinkle the entire surface with fine detail clear embossing powder. Lightly tap off the excess embossing powder over a clean piece of cardstock and put the unused powder back in the jar. You don't want to waste any.

Using a heat gun, heat set your embossing powder. Clear is one of the easiest embossing powders to see when it's set. It will go from white to clear and glossy. You can't miss it.

You're now ready to layer your faux leather into a project. Here's an bonus tip for you. I love to stitch around my leather with my sewing machine. It adds that extra touch and helps add to the illusion.

I layered my faux leather up with some of Graphic 45's Cityscapes collection. The two compliment each other to a tea and make for a great layer card.