Faux Leather Wallet

by France Martin

Treat cardstock with glycerin for this faux leather project.


  • Cardstock (Stampin’ Up!® Soft Suede and Very Vanilla cardstock used here)
  • Glycerin
  • Water
  • Spritz bottle
  • Permanent ink (StazOn Jet Black ink used here)
  • Adhesive
  • Sewing Machine (optional)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (SU supplies used here: One Wild Ride stamp set, Soft Suede ink)


  1. Step 1

    In a spritz bottle mix 1 part glycerin to 3 parts of water. Shake till the water and glycerin are well mixed.

  2. Step 2

    Cut cardstock pieces for the project – 2 pieces at 8” x 3 1/4”, 1 piece at 2”x8”, and 1 piece at 1 1/2" x 8”. Using the mixture in the spritz bottle, spritz the cardstock pieces on both sides until they are saturated.

  3. Step 3

    Crunch the wet cardstock in your hand. If needed, spritz again with the water/glycerin mixture.

  4. Step 4

    Smooth all pieces of cardstock and hang them up to dry.

    This will take hours to dry – you may want to leave it overnight.

  5. Step 5

    Using a slightly darker ink, tap the ink pad directly onto the dry, treated cardstock, highlighting the raised areas.

  6. NOTE:
    Only ink one side of each piece of cardstock.

  7. Step 6 (Optional)

    If you wish to have a stamp image on the wallet, stamp onto the right hand side of one of the big pieces.

  8. Step 7

    To assemble the wallet, place both pieces of 8” x 3 1/4" cardstock together with the uninked sides facing each other. On one side layer the 2” strip then the 1 1/2” strip, with the inked sides face up.

    If you choose to use adhesive, apply adhesive on 3 sides, keeping the top open for the money and gift card. Secure the wallet with paper clips to dry for a good bond.

  9. Step 8

    For the best assembly, sew all 3 sides at once, and keep the top open.

  10. Step 9

    Complete the project.

    The opening at the top will fit dollar bills. In each pocket you can slide gift cards or cut cardstock to 2 1/8” x 3 1/8” for a greeting or notes.


Your Turn

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Questions and Comments

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Awesome project. Love your YouTube channel. Try sewing down the middle of wallet befor you add the front piece, then sew the 3 sides.
Jean Lamb  |  Wed Aug 15, 2018 at 5:34 AM
Good tip, Jean - that's what I did on mine too. I used a piece of washi tape to hold the pieces together, and it acted as a sewing guide as well.
dina  |  Wed Aug 15, 2018 at 6:08 AM
I embossed my paper with animal print. I think it was snake skin or alligator or something like that. I was trying to put a picture of it here. Anyone know how to do that?
Barbie  |  Wed Aug 15, 2018 at 9:24 AM
Frenchie, another wonderful tutorial, and I love how much it looks like a genuine leather wallet! Great tip by Jean, and I really love how you can add dollar bills, credit/gift cards, and a card to include a sentiment! Love it! Thanks and hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Wed Aug 15, 2018 at 9:48 AM
Barbie, we can't add pictures here, but you're welcome to upload it to the gallery!
dina  |  Wed Aug 15, 2018 at 11:09 AM
Merci, merci pour cette très belle astuce!! C'est formidable!!
Il faut absolument que j'essaye!!!
M.H.F. FRICOUT  |  Wed Aug 15, 2018 at 1:06 PM
If we sew the middle the dollar bill will NOT go in. smile I did this on my first one and OOOOPS wrong
Frenchie  |  Wed Aug 22, 2018 at 1:05 PM
Frenchie, what I did was sew the 2 smaller pieces and one of the large pieces together, and then put the back on afterwards to sew the edges.
dina  |  Wed Aug 22, 2018 at 2:04 PM
OH Dina got it smile that would be even better smile
Frenchie  |  Wed Aug 22, 2018 at 2:42 PM

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