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.

Wow, this is awesome! I will definitely try this!
ScrapgalGR  |  Thu Jan 7, 2010 at 1:12 PM
What a totally awesome project!!!! I am printing off the instructions right now. Then, I will head into my craft room and make one!! Thank you so much for the clear, precise written instructions. Video was great, too.
Gail O  |  Thu Jan 7, 2010 at 3:20 PM
Awesome! I love how realistic this looks! Wow! Thank you so much the easy to follow instructions!
dawnsview  |  Thu Jan 7, 2010 at 3:59 PM
As someone addicted to purses (as we call wallets over here!) I totally love this project! Sadly I dont have any embossing machines or folders so does anyone have an alternative ideas for creating the "mock croc" effect? All ideas VERY gratefully received! x
Leelulumpkin  |  Thu Jan 7, 2010 at 4:56 PM
All I can say is WOW! Looks fantastic! Thanks for the great idea!
Susie Smith  |  Thu Jan 7, 2010 at 8:09 PM
What a fabulous idea! Beautiful project and great tutorial! Can't wait to try it.
Mary Davidson  |  Thu Jan 7, 2010 at 9:12 PM
Just brilliant!
Lilian  |  Fri Jan 8, 2010 at 2:26 AM
This project seems really incredible. It's beautiful. You have shared a really useful tutorial. Thank you.
Cecilia  |  Fri Jan 8, 2010 at 3:32 AM
Yvonne, how wonderful to see your amazing artistic talent popping up all over the place!! This is FANTASTIC and I just bought that folder on boxing day at Stamping Bella!! Thanks for sharing what you do so well with all of us.
Michele (mitchygitchygoomy)  |  Fri Jan 8, 2010 at 11:07 AM
COLLEEN BROWN  |  Fri Jan 8, 2010 at 11:40 AM
Very creative, thanks for sharing.
Jessica  |  Fri Jan 8, 2010 at 11:44 AM
Love this project!! Thank you so much for sharing this project. I cannot wait to get home and try this one!
Pam P  |  Fri Jan 8, 2010 at 3:11 PM
What a great project!! Thanks so much for sharing this. I cannot wait to get home and make one myself!! Very clever. Love the Burberry trimming.
Pam P  |  Fri Jan 8, 2010 at 3:13 PM
This is great. The sewing will count me out, I will have to think of something else as a substitute. A monogram on it would be nice too...
Paula Meunier - pmb1121  |  Fri Jan 8, 2010 at 4:28 PM
Absolutely gorgeous wallet! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial, I can't wait to try it!
Joanna  |  Sat Jan 9, 2010 at 10:47 AM
I really like this holder. I must try it soon.
Kisa31707  |  Sat Jan 9, 2010 at 1:29 PM
Thanks for this fun project. I tried it this morning and although had a great time making it, and plan to try again, I didn't have the success you did.
The embossing cracked along the folded areas. Any suggestions for prevention of that?
Also my magnets aren't strong enough to keep it closed. Did you leave rubber bands on it to keep it formed initially?
Please help. I love this and want to make it work. Thanks. Marsha Cook (Ramona Marsh)
Marsha Cook (Ramona Marsh)  |  Sat Jan 9, 2010 at 2:43 PM
I had the same "bad luck" with mine cracking also!! And I couldn't get any glue strong enough to hold the magnets ON the shiny surface...I thought the glossy accents (T.Holtz favorite!) would work, but NOT for me anyway.

I'm open to ANY suggestions, comments, etc...
Jo  |  Sat Jan 9, 2010 at 7:44 PM
thanks so much for sharing this technique - what an amazing idea!
Cathy  |  Sat Jan 9, 2010 at 10:59 PM
I Is there any way this can be made to look similar without a Cuttlebug. I'd really like to make one.
zena  |  Sun Jan 10, 2010 at 4:22 AM

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