Friday, January 31, 2014

Making Tooled Paper Leather


Cardstock (reddish brown works best to achieve the look of leather)
Embossing folder
Embossing machine (Cuttlebug or similar)
Dye inkpad (in a compatible color but darker than the cardstock)
Decoupage medium (such as Mod Poge)
Paint brush
Heat tool


1. Soak cardstock in warm water until pliable.
2. Carefully crumple soaked cardstock/uncrumple and lay it on a hard surface patting it with your hand to make it flat.
3. Place the damp cardstock inside an embossing case and run it through your embossing machine.
4.  Remove it from the case and allow it to air dry or use a heat tool to thoroughly dry it.
5.  Rub the surface of the dried cardstock directly from the pad with a dye inkpad.
6. Use a heat tool to set the ink.
7. Brush the surface with a thin layer of decoupage medium.  Allow it to dry before using.


C. M. Taylor said...

I can't wait to try this! I have a western stamp I have wanted to use for ages, for my brother. My next project will be with your pot stamp! Yea!

Capescrapper said...

I have been looking forward to this tutorial. Thanks for sharing Michael!

Judy Inukai said...

What a cool technique. Thanks for the instructions and step by step pictures.

Jill P said...

this is so cool!

Jan said...

What a great technique....thanks so much for the tutorial Mike!!!

Shelly Schmidt said...

I am always enjoying trying something new- look forward to trying this one- so pretty! Thanks for the tutorial.

Unknown said...

So very cool!

Maura said...

Off to make some leather...thanks for sharing a great technique!

kiwimeskreations said...

What a fun technique - I will be trying it soon.

Laura said...

Hi Mike, Thanks for sharing this wonderful "tooled paper leather" technique with us! Really appreciate the step by step instructions with photos! Regards, Laura Holm