Foam Faux Leather

by France Martin

Create a faux leather embellishment with simple craft foam.


  • Craft foam sheet
  • Stamps (Stampin’ Up!® Country Livin’ set used here)
  • Permanent ink (StazOn Jet Black ink used here)
  • Heat tool
  • Scissors
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (SU supplies used here: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, and Very Vanilla cardstock, Wood Textures Designer paper, Feather Together stamp set, Sahara Sand and Early Espresso inks, Black and Early Espresso markers, aluminum foil, Dimensionals, adhesive)


  1. Step 1

    Ink stamp with permanent ink. Heat a piece of craft foam with a heat tool until all sides curl up.

  2. Step 2

    Stamp into the warm foam and keep pressure for about 15 to 20 seconds.

  3. TIP:
    Work over a piece of aluminum foil to protect your work surface.

  4. Step 3

    Use markers to color the image as desire.

  5. Step 4

    Cut out the image with scissors.

  6. Step 5

    Assemble the card as desired.

  7. Step 6

    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 Foam Faux Leather. 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.

Are clear stamps heat-proof enough to do this with, or must we use red rubber stamps? Thanks.
Nance  |  Wed May 9, 2018 at 6:13 AM
I used a clear stamp on my sample - it works fine!
dina  |  Wed May 9, 2018 at 6:47 AM
Fabulous! Thanks for sharing!
Francie G.  |  Wed May 9, 2018 at 7:40 AM
Thanks for a fun technique!

Shirley Baker  |  Wed May 9, 2018 at 12:47 PM
What fun. Have any more ideas beside the boot. Would love to make this but would like a variation. Thanks for sharing this.
Carole Mitchell  |  Wed May 9, 2018 at 1:56 PM
I've got my fun foam piece done! Just need time to add it to a card!
muscrat  |  Thu May 10, 2018 at 7:35 PM
Thank you, Frenchie, for a wonderful video tutorial and great step-outs! I LOVE your card and love this leather boot! Hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Sun May 13, 2018 at 1:57 PM
Carole Mitchell: I tried this technique in the '90s with a stamp that looked like a Native American pot. The result looked like a tooled leather image. So you probably have lots of stamps already that would work for this technique. Flourishes would probably make a nice piece.
melanhelen  |  Mon May 14, 2018 at 3:15 PM
Thanks for sharing. I also have a Native American stamp and am going to give it a try. Again, thank you.
Carole Mitchell  |  Tue May 15, 2018 at 10:19 AM

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