Friday, August 14, 2009
Looks Like Leather - Tutorial
In yesterday's post, I showed you a "leather" wallet that I created for a friend's birthday. You can see that post HERE. The look of leather is really simple to achieve. All you need is brown cardstock and a dark brown ink. For this project I used Chocolate cardstock from Close to My Heart and Vintage Photo Distress Ink from Ranger. This technique uses water on cardstock which causes the paper to curl and shrink slightly. It is helpful to have a Cuttlebug, Wizard or Sizzix to flatten the paper.
1. Spritz cardstock lightly with water. Do not saturate.
2. Crumple and carefully unfold cardstock. Repeat until desired distressed effect is achieved.
3. If you wish to emboss, now is the time. Using your Cuttlebug or other machine, emboss cardstock. Once embossed, crumple and unfold cardstock.
4. Allow cardstock to dry.
5. Sponge a dark brown ink over your cardstock. Ranger’s Vintage Photo Distress Ink was used here. Black Soot Distress Ink was sponged on some of the edges for further detail.
6. In order to flatten your cardstock, run cardstock through Cuttlebug again between two plates or place under a flat, heavy object (yellow pages anyone?).
7. To achieve the shiny leather look, paint with a light coat of Modge Podge Gloss-Lustre and allow to dry.
8. Use for your project.