Faux-Leather technique using Core’dinations

I mean….how INCREDIBLE IS THIS? Clare Buswell created a gorgeous journal notebook using this faux-leather technique she learned along her crafting journing. Gorgeous!
Trim a 12×12 sheet of Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No.20 slightly larger than the size of notebook you want to make, fill a spray bottle with 1 part glycerin to 16 parts water, shake and spray the sheet of Core on both sides, rubbing the surface gently with your fingertips. Scrunch the sheet up into a ball, flatten out and spray and scrunch again. Flatten out, emboss with your chosen embossing folder and leave to dry. The glycerin and water mix makes the cardstock more flexible like leather. Sand the embossed surface with the Sand-It Gadget and wipe with a Dust Buddy. Trim to size and round corners. Using Distress inks and a blending tool ink the surface to highlight the embossing and edges.
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NOTE:  Here’s the video tutorial I used for the Faux Leather technique and here’s the video tutorial for the page inserts/bookbinding.
I used another sheet of Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No.11 for the inside of the notebook cover and repeated the same process as before. Once dry I glued the two sheets together to make the cover. I added a layer of satin varnish to the outside of the cover and left to dry. The second video gives step by step instructions on how to make the page inserts and stitch them in place. I used Vanilla cream Core for the inserts, rounded the corners and stitched them using linen thread. I added some brads to the cover and tied the notebook closed with some leather cord, to finish.
Core’dinations – Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection No.20 and No.11, Vanilla Cream Core for the pages; Sand-It Gadget and Dust Buddy.
Other – Distress Inks (Vintage Photo and Scattered Straw),  Cuttlebug Anna Griffin embossing folders (Circular Grid and Wildflower Gate), Big Shot, brads, leather string/cord, linen thread, corner rounder, glycerin, artist’s satin varnish or spray varnish.


12 Responses to “Faux-Leather technique using Core’dinations”
  1. Oh my word Clare – you never cease to amaze me with all your ideas! Fabulous work – I’m going to have to try this!

  2. Tona says:

    FANTASTIC project!!!

  3. barbara macaskill says:

    I just did this technique this weekend. You want to make sure that your paper isn’t too wet when you put it through your embossing machine.

  4. This is gorgeous! Looks just like leather! I’m going to give it a try. Thanks for the tip Barbara Macaskill about not getting it too wet.

  5. Lynn Hardy says:

    This looks amazing! So clever Clare!

  6. TracyM #6773 says:

    WOW – this is GORGEOUS Clare – LOVE IT!!!

    THANK YOU for sharing your AWESOME journal, inspiration & tutorials!!!

  7. Ava Gavloski says:

    Clare, thanks for showcasing Core’dinations Cardstock and sharing the tutorials on how to get the look. I am going to make 10 of these for gifts!!!

  8. Lori says:

    I am unable to access the vidoes…it takes me to a logon screen for Outlook Web Access. Is anyone else having this issue? This technique looks very cool and I would like to view the video so I can try it myself.

  9. Julia Aston says:

    Oh my goodness – this looks just like leather! what a gorgeous notebook Clare created!!

  10. Debra Hardy says:

    Oh, I love this! It really looks like leather. This technique can also be done using Ranger Ink Refresher instead of the glycerine/water. I just picked up a bottle for this purpose and can hardly wait to try it with the Core’dinations cardstock. Thanks for sharing this awesome technique.

  11. Shaunte says:

    Unreal!! I love this, Clare!

  12. Lynda says:

    That looks so much like leather! Really cool!

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