Faux Leather Wallet

by Yvonne Hagane

Create a beautiful faux leather wallet out of cardstock.


  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scor-Pal, or other scoring tool
  • One 5 1/4" x 8 3/4" piece of brown cardstock (13,5 cm x 22,5 cm)
  • One 5 3/16" x 8 11/16" piece of patterned paper (13,4 cm x 22,4 cm)
  • Two 2" x 3" pieces of brown cardstock (5 cm x 6 cm)
  • Cuttlebug™ Embossing folder Mosaic
  • Dark brown ink, Walnut Stain Distress ink used here
  • Sponge
  • Versamark™, or other clear embossing ink
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Double Sided Adhesive
  • Sewing Machine
  • Corner Rounder Punch
  • Decorative Brad, buckles and ribbon


  1. Step 1

    Punch two corners on the short side of the brown cardstock and patterned paper.

  2. Step 2

    Emboss the brown cardstock with the Mosaic Cuttlebug Embossing folder.

  3. Step 3

    You need to run the cardstock piece through your die cut machine three times to emboss the entire piece.

  4. Step 4

    Sponge the embossed piece randomly with dark brown ink.

  5. Step 5

    Apply Versamark™ ink over your cardstock.

    It's a big piece of cardstock. Apply first only to one half of the cardstock, emboss, then repeat with the other cardstock half.

  6. Step 6

    Add clear embossing powder over your cardstock.

    Tap off excess.

  7. Step 7

    Heat emboss to complete the Faux Leather look.

  8. Step 8

    Adhere the patterned paper to the back of the Faux Leather cardstock.

  9. Step 9

    Sew around the edges of the cardstock.

  10. Step 10

    Score your smaller brown cardstock pieces every 1/2" (1 cm) , adding five score lines.

  11. Step 11

    Fan fold the score lines mountain/valley style.

  12. Step 12

    Add strong double sided adhesive to the last fold.

  13. Step 13

    Adhere folded cardstock as shown.

  14. Step 14

    Add adhesive to the last fold of the cardstock fan.

  15. Step 15

    Fold the lower part of the wallet as shown.

  16. Step 16

    Use a piercing tool or similar to make a hole, and add a decorative brad at the front of the wallet.

  17. Step 17

    Attatch the buckles to the ribbon, add double sided tape and attatch them to the wallet as shown on the finished wallet.

  18. Step 18

    Attach a small magnet as shown. (you want to use some strong glue here)

  19. Step 19

    Your Faux Leather purse is finished.



  1. Cut a window into your faux leather cardstock piece and place a stamped image behind it.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Faux Leather Wallet. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I just love this project. I am going to have to try this one for sure. Thanks so much for showing us how to do it.
Jeannette  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 5:20 AM
WOW! Thatīs so innovative! *impressed*
AMA  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 5:39 AM
Thanks so much for this tutorial, I have seen this technique, but haven't tried it. This project seems to be right up my alley and soo cute!
swmnmom  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 5:57 AM
What a fabulous idea for gift cards or coupons! Cute way to present a gift to a friend or your child's teacher, too!
Kelly  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 6:01 AM
I wouldn't have know it wasn't a real wallet!
Connie  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 6:10 AM
What a great idea for saving receipts or coupons. Thank you for sharing.
Barb  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 6:14 AM
Your wallet is gorgeous, and so realistic-looking!! Thanks for the fabulous tutorial, Yvonne!!
Rose Ann  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 6:30 AM
This tec saves loads of money by not using the veery expensive croc embossed specialty paper for the same look.
gloriaward  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 6:33 AM
This is amazing! So clever and so creative! I think there is going to be a run on this embossing folder now. LOL! Great job!
muffincards  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 6:34 AM
Super fantastic idea! I'll have to make several!
Mrs O  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 6:58 AM
Wow, super take on the faux leather!
Twila Davis  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 7:05 AM
At what measurement are you scoring the cardstock and printed paper for the folds to assemble the wallet?
Patti  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 7:13 AM
I loved this project. Definately something that I will probably duplicate in my own theme for gifts. The only problem I forsee that I will need to attempt to solve is the ribbon. It appears as if the ends of the ribbon are just there inside the wallet and I would want these to be hidden ie: sewn inside the seam so the ends are not seen at all. Sorry, that is just the perfectionist in me. I really do love the project, it is fabulous enough that I must duplicate it!
Sonya Sheaffer  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 7:33 AM
What a fantastic "box" in which to enclose a gift! Thanks for the continually good projects.
keryn  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 7:34 AM
This is so cool, it would also make a great coupon keeper!
Saranne Valentine  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 9:10 AM
this is so cool it looks so real im gona try it thanks so much for shareing
florence  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 9:34 AM
Way cool. Now I just have to get to Mustang Island and unpack the RV so I can try this. If someone doesn't want the ribbon ends to show, the ribbon could be adhered before the lining dp is adhered and sown. It should work. Thanks for the great idea.
Marcy  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 10:09 AM
That is the cutest thing I have seen in a long time. Love it. Looks like it would be great for carrying coupons. And if someone tried to steal it...well, wouldn't they be surprised!!
Carla Hunt  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 10:20 AM
Yvonne - I made one of these a few months ago - I loved it than and I LOVE it now! What an amazing project! i can't get over how "real" this looks! Kudos to you for creating this!!!
vicki  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 10:54 AM
What a great project! I have made a faux leather wallet before but this one is so much easier to put together just by reading it. I will definitely be making one up as soon as I get the Cuttlebug Mosaic Folder! Thanks so much for the inspiration.
Carol R  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 11:20 AM

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