Faux Leather Technique Using Buff Card


Posted on 15th February 2016 by Sylvia Ames
Filed under Card Making Ideas, All Papercraft Tutorials, Projects And Cards By Type, Papercraft Disciplines And Techniques, Printing Techniques

I keep a list of different techniques I want to try and this year I intend to work through my list and try them all out.  The faux leather technique using Kraft card has been around for a few years and is something I really wanted to do, I was amazed with the results using papermilldirect buff cardstock, water and glycerine.  I also used some black and navy card with great results, although the colour did run a little.

The materials you will need are:

  • papermilldirect buff cardstock
  • a bottle of glycerine
  • cold tap water
  • a spray bottle
  • distress inks and blender, or blending foam
  • embossing folder
  • Ranger Glue And Seal, Mod Podge or a spray varnish
  • a waterproof craft mat


Set up your craft space with a waterproof craft mat to protect your desk, a spray bottle with a mix of one part glycerine to six parts water and a piece of buff cardstock.  I cut my card in half to A5 but you can do a full sheet if you have an A4 embossing machine.  The glycerine is widely available from your local chemist or the baking section of any supermarket.


Spray the card with the water and glycerine mix and gently rub to help the mixture absorb into the card, repeat on the reverse side.  Do not rub too vigorously as the card gets wetter this may damage the surface of the card.


Repeat the process until the card is soft and pliable.


Scrunch up the card in the palm of your hand then unfold and flatten gently.  Spray and scrunch up again and carefully flatten.


Very gently add some distress inks to the card, the scrunched areas will pick up the ink and give you the look of old leather.  Spray the card and scrunch again to spread the inks.  I used vintage photo, tea die and peeled paint.


Dry the card slightly then dry emboss, a little liquid may squeeze out as you emboss the card but should be contained within the folder.  Add more distress ink colour to the embossed image to add depth and allow to dry thoroughly, preferably overnight.


When dry add more colour if needed and with a large brush seal the piece with Mod Podge, Ranger Glue And Seal, or spray varnish.


You will now have a piece of faux leather to make a project or use in your cardmaking. 

This technique was not as difficult, time consuming or messy as I thought it would be.  We would love to see you have a go and let us see what you make with your faux leather.

Sylvia xx

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