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.

This is absolutly gorgeous Beate! My girlfriend and I had a card making weekend and we watched the tutorial and it was so easy to put together. I have to make 4 of them now for my sisters and my sons wife and my other sons girlfriend. TOO! CUTE! Love it, and thanks. Keep the ideas coming. Kudos!
Kelly  |  Fri Jan 29, 2010 at 11:20 PM
Just finished making the first one it is so cute. Was starting the second one and my sewing machine drpped dead! So being a true stamper I said, "so what". I carried one and it looks just as cute. It's very Valentine's dayish. Many thanks,
Bonnie Epps  |  Sun Jan 31, 2010 at 8:26 PM
thank you for sharing this wonderful idea!
bernadette  |  Wed Mar 31, 2010 at 9:21 AM
What a fabulous idea. Life like.
I live in New Zealand and acceidently found your sight, you guys are so much more advanced than we are. Prices here, are so much darer, than what you pay for products.
I love looking in on your sight and telling my friends.
Thank You
Debi  |  Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 9:44 PM
Hi, this tut is amazing! I tried it and you can see it here:
It was fun to make it and I will defenitly make some more in the future!
Thank you for sharing!
Yolanda  |  Sat May 8, 2010 at 11:15 PM
Yvonne, what a great tutorial! I loved it and have made the wallet. It came out great; however, I'm having a problem with the magnet. I get it to stick to the wallet just fine, but it won't keep the wallet closed. Did you put the magnet just on one side and use the metal from the brad on the "cover" or did you use a two piece magnet set. Please let me know how you dealt with this. I would love to hold a stamp camp for my customers making one of these...they would absolutely love it!
Rita  |  Sun Jun 20, 2010 at 5:07 PM
Hi Yvonne!
Love the faux leather wallet. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I am trying to make some of these wallets as favors for a get together and am having trouble with the embossing twice technique. It embosses beautifully, but when I am ready to put it together and bend it, it is cracking at the bends. What am I doing wrong? Would appreciate your feedback.
Lisa Medina  |  Mon Nov 22, 2010 at 3:36 PM
This is a brilliant project. Please share your sources for the paper and ribbon. I love plaid, but have been unsuccessful in finding anything nearly as lovely as what you have used in this project.
clewbaygirl  |  Mon Jul 4, 2011 at 9:49 PM
This project is brilliant. It would be great if you could share your source for the lovely plaid paper and ribbon. Thanks for sharing!
clewbaygirl  |  Tue Jul 5, 2011 at 7:18 PM
P.S. Sorry for the double post - I'm a newbie.
clewbaygirl  |  Tue Jul 5, 2011 at 7:20 PM
What a great project! I own the mosaic folder and have used it for a faux leather look but didn't take it up a notch and use the clear embossing powder. I am going to use that idea to create masculine photo mats for 4 X 6 frames using an oval die/punch. Thanks for the inspiration!
Wendy  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 10:04 AM
Tiny modification.... make a fun and changeable checkbook cover!
InwoodRoz  |  Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 3:06 PM

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