Hi All! Today I have another idea for embossing with leather. This is just a quick explanation of a happy accident I had while playing around with a stencil and window screening and test leather strips.
I used white cardstock that I cut three times and layered together. I layered the leather and then the cardstock pattern, and then I tried laying window screening on top of it, and ran the whole thing through my Sizzix Big Shot, as I’ve done in other videos. I didn’t show that part in the video, because I’ve shown that in other videos included in this series of blog posts.
The impression of the window screening on top made a mesh pattern on the raised portion of the leather that was forced through the holes in the stencil. It also imprinted the background a hint, and it also left the mesh pattern on the cardstock pattern.
I felt like this was serendipitous because in my mind I actually wanted the mesh on the background and the scrolls left plain, but wasn’t quite sure how to go about that 😉 . I ran another piece of leather through, and this time I put the meshed, imprinted paper face down onto the leather and ran it through that way. The scrolls imprinted cleanly (no added texture) and the mesh imprint on the cardstock did get pressed into the leather which is what I really wanted. So that was cool!
Now again, these paper patterns don’t last very long. I’ve used the patterns quite a few times, but I’m not sure how well that mesh pattern on the cardstock will hold up. That may be a one shot deal, maybe two. You can see in the video that I wasn’t careful when I pulled the pattern off and since the leather was damp, a little teeny part of the pattern stuck to the leather. Of course I wasn’t paying attention and I yanked it and broke off a piece. Sigh! So I’ll have to cut another one. If you’re doing this technique, just be careful when you’re pulling your paper patterns off your leather!
I was pleased with the way this experiment worked out. I loved it and thought I would share! Enjoy!