SAF 2017: Nichole Heady

By August 26, 2017Stamp-a-faire


"There is a certain richness and earthiness to embossed leather that makes you want to reach out and touch it, but this type of decorative textile is often very cost prohibitive. Now you can easily and inexpensively recreate this stylish look with your favorite intricate die-cuts and the mere addition of tissue paper! You aren't going to believe how simple this is, and I can't wait for you to see how amazing the results are in person. You're definitely going to want to try this for yourself!"



  1. Die-cut two of the floral frames from the Garden Gild mini using brown tissue paper. Adhere them together and attach them to a piece of A2 cardstock.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together about 1/4 cup of water and a little over a tablespoon of Elmer's School Glue or other water soluble glue.
  3. Lay a piece of tissue paper over the die-cut frames and lightly brush the glue water over it, making sure to get even coverage. Go back over the floral areas and lightly tap with the brush to help get the tissue paper down into the grooves. Repeat the same process with three additional layers of tissue paper.
  4. Lightly press a paper towel over the surface of the tissue paper layers to help remove some of the moisture and press the tissue paper deeper into the grooves of the design. Allow to air dry for about 1-2 hours.
  5. Trim edges of tissue paper, leaving about a 3/4" overhang, mitre the corners. Fold the edges onto the back of the cardstock and tape down with washi tape or something similar.
  6. Using an ink blending sponge tool, generously apply Cocoa Bean ink to the pattern, getting a bit heavier with your application around the edges of the designs.
  7. To embellish the card, die-cut the smallest frame from Delicate Details twice from Saffron Spice cardstock and adhere the two layers together. Cut it one more time from white cardstock and reserve the center portion of the frame to add to the Saffron Spice frame. Stamp the sentiment from Infinity Frames Sentiments in Dark Chocolate ink.
  8. Using the Bitty Button Stacks dies, cut flowers from Canyon Clay, Ocean Tides and Autumn Rose cardstocks. Layer together and attach the centers using embroidery floss, tying it off in the back where it won't show. Adhere around the frame using Scor-tape. 
  9. Cut a few small leaves by hand from Olive Twist cardstock and adhere around the flowers. To help offset the bold white of the sentiment frame, add some white dot accents to the leaves using a white gel pen.



  • STAMPS: Infinity Frames Sentiments
  • INK: Cocoa Bean, Dark Chocolate
  • PAPER: Cocoa Bean, Canyon Clay, Autumn Rose, Ocean Tides, Olive Twist, Saffron Spice, Stamper's Select White
  • DIES: Make It Market Mini Kit: Garden Gild die, Bitty Button Stacks die, Delicate Details die
  • OTHER: Elmer's School Glue, Tissue Paper, Wide Flat Paintbrush, Paper Towels, Ink Blending Tool, Embroidery Floss, 2-Way Glue Pen, White Gel Pen



  • Now it's your turn!  Create a project featuring faux embossed leather.  You can choose to re-create the exact project from Nichole above or design your own using the same concepts. Your project must also incorporate at least one Papertrey product.
  • Post your project on your blog, in your gallery, Instagram or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).
  • Add your project to the InLinkz list below.
  • You will have until 7am ET, Thursday, August 31st, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win. One project per person please.


  • As a reminder, you will have until 7am ET, Thursday, August 31st, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win. 
  • One randomly selected winners will be chosen from all of the InLinkz entries on this post on Thursday, August 31st. The winner will be posted on our Thursday night Stamp-a-faire winners page after 9pm ET.  The randomly selected winner will get a $20 PTI gift certificate to spend however they like!
  • One randomly selected winner will be chosen from the comments of this post on Thursday as well. You will have until 7am ET, Thursday, August 31st to add your comment and be eligible to win. The randomly selected winner will get a $10 PTI gift certificate.

So, what do you think about this technique? Pretty fun, right! And to think you just need a little tissue paper and glue to make it happen! I think this would be gorgeous on the cover of a journal or the top of a gift box as well! What dies do you think you might use with this technique? There are so many pretty detailed designs that would look pretty transformed into an embossed leather look. We look forward to seeing your projects!

Nichole Heady

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