Tuesday 27 January 2015

Cardz4Guyz- something faux

Good morning fellow crafters.
As it's Tuesday it's time for my DT inspiration post for Cardz4Guyz.
Before I show you this weeks project can I say how pleased I was at the level of entries to our Anything Goes challenge last week. I was overwhelmed by the number of entries, so I hope I managed to get around everyone to comment on your fab entries, if I did miss anyone I do apologise. Anyway you all made it very difficult to choose a top 3, so you'll find who was in there over on the C4G blog.
OK, enough of last week, this week we would like to see your projects on the theme of 

Let's Pretend
Something FAUX or Dressing Up

For my project I decided to go with the FAUX and went with a Faux leather technique I found online here.

I went the whole hog so to speak and made a faux leather note book using one of my EFs from Cuttlebug, (see here also). I love using embossing folders as regular readers will know, they give such great interest and depth. This one is great for creating masculine texture and in this case it looks a bit like crocodile skin I think. 
I did think of making a gift wallet from the panel of card but went with the book idea, 'cos Al is always asking for a note book!
The technique for making the faux leather can be found on You Tube and involves the use of glycerin. I didn't have some of the products that are used in the video but it turned out OK in the end. The glycerin reacts with the card and turns it soft and malleable, so easy to use without tearing.

The inside is strengthened with a fabric lining and the paper is stitched in place using thread. I used some invisible that I got in a set from Lidl!

The outside of the book is inked with DI in Chipped Sapphire and Faded Jeans to give the original blue card a more leather like appearance.

The fastening is black covered round elastic and a large button.
The end of the elastic is looped over the button to secure.

OK, that's it from me, so for more inspiration check out the rest of the Fab DT's inspiration here.

I shall join in the challenges at -
The Male Room - Shades of Blue
As You Like it Challenges - Your favourite Embossing Folder ( I just love efs! )

Thanks for calling around and see you soon.


  1. Wow Julie, that's really cool! It really does look like leather. Awesome! :-)

  2. Such a clever project here Julie!! I really love you faux design!! :)

  3. It's gorgeous - and your interpretation of the faux leather technique looks a lot more realistic than mine.

  4. That's really cool! Love the way this technique looks. I will have to pop that into my arsenal of tricks to try.

  5. That's fab. Sure dad loves it.

  6. This is gorgeous, a great example of the faux leather technique and blue for a man too, brilliant. Thank you for sharing it with us at TMR.

  7. what a fabulous book, need to try this technique!

  8. Very cool! Thanks for joining in at TMR~

  9. This is just perfect, love the lining too x

  10. Fantastic project! I love the embossing folder you used and the button closure adds the perfect detail.

  11. What a brilliant project! I think your faux leather note book is just lovely - really does look like leather. Thanks so much for playing along with The Male Room this week!

  12. Great masculine project for our Shades of Blue challenge. Thanks for playing along in The Male Room


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