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Monday, January 2, 2012

Faux Leather

My first post for 2012 is about another technique in paper crafting called 'faux leather' which I fell in love with. I learned about this technique from the Resources in the Splitcoast Stampers website. But instead of using the embossing process used in the tutorial with the use of embossing powder and heat gun to make the material shine, I applied my own technique using Krylon's Triple-Thick Clear Glaze spray (photo below, purchased from and got amazing results. As you'll see from the photos, the cardstock is transformed into leather-like material. The project made in the tutorial is a wallet. I was in the middle of making post-it/note pad holders for my Christmas giveaways so I applied this technique to the remaining holders that I was making. I experimented on different colors and all the colors turned out great. I used the same Cuttlebug embossing folder used in the tutorial called Tiny Mosaic. Should you decide to use the Krylon Clear Glaze spray, make sure to follow the directions on the can. You need to apply full wet coat. I applied 2 coats. If you don't apply a full wet coat and just apply a misty spray, you won't get the thick glaze effect but instead will get ugly powdery specks.

The first photo demonstrates the transformation from 1) plain cardstock, 2) embossed with the Cuttlebug machine using the Tiny Mosaic folder, 3) colored with dye ink pad using Tim Holtz blending tool (photo below) and 4) sprayed with Krylon Clear Glaze.

BTW, for those wanting to know what closures I used for the notepad holders, I used the small size of the magnetic snaps by Basic Gray (photo below, purchased from For more information on the post-it/note pad holders, please refer to my previous post,

I found other techniques on how to make 'faux leather' but I've only tried the first one using my Cuttlebug embossing machine:

1) Technique using an embossing machine::

2) Technique embossing with embossing powder and heat gun:


  1. Wow, these came out fantastic. You are a genius!!

  2. These all came out just so pretty and you did an amazing job on them. Thank you for sharing your technique and photos.

    Hugs, Lori m

  3. Wow, amazing-they really do look like leather. Thanks for sharing. You have a wealth of information for us, I love your site.

  4. Gayle..these are just lovely...they look like real leather...agnes

  5. Hi Gayle. Thank you for sending me the Studio file for the notepad holder. I've made my first one and put it on my blog.

    It's not as nice as yours but as a first attempt I'm really pleased with it.