Faux Stamped Leather

by Melissa Banbury

Use stamps, ink, and a stylus to create the look of tooled leather on paper.


  • Cardstock (Kraft and Crumb Cake used here)
  • Solid image stamp (SU! Four Feathers used here)
  • Inks
  • Medium yellow (SU! Crushed Curry used here)
    Orange (SU! Pumpkin Pie used here)
    Medium brown (SU! Soft Suede used here)
    Dark brown (SU! Chocolate Chip used here)
  • Foam mat
  • Piercing tool
  • Stylus
  • Sponges
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the card (White and Whisper White cardstock; Silver, Dazzling Diamonds and Champagne Glimmer Paper, Sentiment Stamp (SU! Good Greetings used here); Big Shot die cutting machine, SU! Window Frame and Feather Framelits, linen thread, hole punch, Mini Glue Dots all used here)


  1. Step 1

    Cut a Kraft cardstock card base measuring 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". Score and fold at 4 1/4". To achieve a shaped card base, use a die of choice and run the folded card through a die cutting machine, with the die aligned slightly past the fold.

    Stamp solid images onto the card base using dark brown ink.

  2. Step 2

    Place a foam mat beneath the stamped portion of the card base. Trace around the edge of each image with a stylus tool.

  3. Step 3

    Sponge the medium yellow ink randomly over the entire card base front, working from the outside inward and leaving a few open uninked areas.

  4. Step 4

    Sponge the orange ink randomly over the entire card base front, working from outside inward.

  5. Step 5

    Sponge the medium brown ink randomly over the entire card base front, working from the outside inward.

  6. Step 6

    Sponge a small amount of dark brown ink over the card base front, concentrating the color on the edges of the card base.

  7. Step 7

    To add depth to the images, sponge orange ink over the entire card base front. Concentrate the color on the lightest areas first then blend outward.

  8. Step 8

    With a piercing tool, punch a border around the edge of the card base.

  9. Step 9

    Embellish and complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Faux Stamped Leather. 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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I know so many men who would love this card! Thanks for the tutorial!
Dottie  |  Wed Dec 17, 2014 at 6:03 AM
Looks so authentic!
Susan Myrick  |  Wed Dec 17, 2014 at 6:05 AM
Loved this technique. Ready to go and make one for myself. Have all the inks and stamp and want to work NOW! Love it, love it, love it. Very creative and beautiful. Great job and thank you so much for sharing this great idea!
Toni McKelley  |  Wed Dec 17, 2014 at 6:17 AM
Great technique! Hope I can try it soon.
Sue Harton  |  Wed Dec 17, 2014 at 6:38 AM
Wow! What a cool technique. Being a horse person with lots of horse friends to send stuff to, this is going to come in really handy. Thank you sooooo much!!! I love it!
Kim Baker  |  Wed Dec 17, 2014 at 6:45 AM
What color inks would you suggest, as I don't have that many. Just any oranges and browns? I have a few distressed inks. thanks.
Ginny Pender  |  Wed Dec 17, 2014 at 9:17 AM
Ginny, for mine I used an orange, reddish brown, and dark brown. I didn't have the SU inks so I used chalk inks. Play around with what you have to see what works... I think as long as you work from light to dark in that general color range you'll get great results.
dina  |  Wed Dec 17, 2014 at 9:28 AM
Awesome Awesome Awesome !!!! What a great idea and technique ! I'll have to remember this one ! Thanks for sharing ! :D
Sylvia SCHIFF  |  Wed Dec 17, 2014 at 10:11 AM
Great technique for a masculine card. Thanks for the idea. Can't wait to try it out. Meg
Meg LaRue  |  Wed Dec 17, 2014 at 10:48 AM
Melissa....I can't even begin to imagine how you came up with this beautiful technique.....thanks so much for sharing...your cards are stunning!!!
Jo  |  Wed Dec 17, 2014 at 12:25 PM
Love this card! So much easier than I thought. Thanks for making this video tutorial. Love those feathers!
Martie Rollin  |  Wed Dec 17, 2014 at 2:40 PM
Awesome card. Thank you for sharing. Love from "down-under".
Pam Shield  |  Wed Dec 17, 2014 at 2:56 PM
This was so fun and I love how it really looks like leather!
muscrat  |  Wed Dec 17, 2014 at 5:15 PM
That was fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
Susan Sieracki  |  Wed Dec 17, 2014 at 8:17 PM
Wow, I really like how the steps lead to such a great finished look.
Vicki-Joy  |  Sun Dec 21, 2014 at 6:04 AM
wow, it looks very nice smile
Carlos Danzos  |  Fri Jan 2, 2015 at 11:42 AM
Very nice and easy! I don't use Stampin'Up inks or paper so I will have to experiment to find the right colors.
Barbara  |  Sat Jan 3, 2015 at 6:27 PM
This is such a great technique, especially for masculine cards (which I am always struggling to create). Thank you for your video! I'm planning to try this today!!!
Marifran Watrous  |  Wed Jan 21, 2015 at 12:52 PM
Loved the card. Just recently ordered that set and it looks so very authentic without all the extra work. Thank you
Judith Strausbaugh  |  Wed Feb 11, 2015 at 2:40 AM
Melissa...I wrote in January before I tried this technique, and since I've made several using this faux leather look. It is so, so easy to do and the results are amazing. Each time I make another card using your technique I just have to smile. Thanks again for the great tutorial!
Marifran Watrous  |  Wed Apr 8, 2015 at 2:15 PM

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