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

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Wow! I love that!
Shirley  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 12:04 PM
WOW!! How realistic! I love it and will definitely give this a try. Thank you.
Diana  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 12:12 PM
Beautiful project! Thank you very much for sharing your amazing video tutorial! I can't wait to try it!!
Vina  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 12:22 PM
Is the cuttlebug the "tiny mosaic" folder or do they have a bigger mosaic folder? Love this idea!!!

Suzy Schwark  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 2:13 PM
It's so cool, I love it. I can't wait to try it. Thank you for this great idea.
Luisa  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 2:16 PM
OMG - this is soooooooo cool - Yvonne!!! I'll try one for sure soon!!! My oldest daughter would love one of those smile Thanks for an awesome tutorial!!! You rock - GF!!! ~S~
Silke Ledlow  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 3:31 PM
Go-juss! our daughter is away at university and is always in need of ' folding money'. Her birthday is up soon and this would be a cute way of giving her a few dollars. thanks!
paper canuck  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 5:46 PM
Love this project. I will probably try it for one of my club projects. Thanks for sharing.
Gayla O'Dell  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 5:51 PM
This is absolutely amazing. You would swear it was real. FANTASTIC project. Yeah for the Scor-Pal (sorry I am biased :0).
Diana Crick  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 6:02 PM
Brilliant!! What a great tutorial and project! TFS!
Anne  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 7:24 PM
Yvonne, that is BETTER than the real thing! Less costly! LOL I love it! I will surely be making one of these!
Holly aka Toy  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 8:07 PM
I made a man's 'wallet' card like this for my DH for Fathers Day and it's still on our hutch! I love this technique and will be trying out this longer style soon; Thank you so much!
Kathyc  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 8:54 PM
what a cute a real looking wallet, I just love it and definetely will give it a try, thanks for the inspiration!!
Ana Schutz  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 10:13 PM
It looks so real! Thank you for the idea.I'm deffintly going to try this.Thanks so much.
You are a very creative lady:)
Melissa Anderson  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 10:42 PM
i think im going to have to buy a cuttlebug and a sewing machine just to try this out!!
i love the look.. it looks so real
thanks for the great idea!!
gladys  |  Thu Jan 7, 2010 at 12:47 AM
Love it! Thank you for this great Tut! Was wondering where to get those magnent pieces? Thanks again...
Regan Denke  |  Thu Jan 7, 2010 at 1:08 AM
WOW! Love this purse!! It looks so real, i wish i had that cuttlebugfolder. If i buy one, i would definitely make this one! smile
Debbie Meijer  |  Thu Jan 7, 2010 at 7:06 AM
What a great tutorial YVONNE!!! THANK YOU for making this so Very-simple to follow. WHAT incredible results!!! BUT then agaiin....Any project in papercrafts that you create produces unbelieably gorgeous results! Love your creativity and this wallet ROCKS!
america  |  Thu Jan 7, 2010 at 7:19 AM
I like your card. Will try to make one today. Snowed in - perfect for crafts!
How do you sew around edge of card? What stitch are you using? I have not sewn on card stock before.
Cindy P  |  Thu Jan 7, 2010 at 10:07 AM
This looks like a wonderful idea and not too difficult. I am hoping to try it soon. Thanks!!
Jan Macko  |  Thu Jan 7, 2010 at 12:31 PM

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