Jun 02 2010

Technique – Patent Leather Embossing

Watercolor Trio


I love the look of patent leather on shoes and handbags, so why not on my cards? 

By applying one or two layers of clear embossing powder to cardstock, I can recreate the look of patent leather. See the step by step directions below for patent leather embossing.

To make the Black and White Watercolor Trio card above, I ran my patent leather paper through the Big Shot using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. I added four black brads from the Vintage Brads assortment (did you notice that these are retiring? I use them all the time!)

The greeting and image were stamped with Black StazOn ink. To complete the card, I layered different sizes of circle punches under the greeting.  


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Elegant Thank You


For this card, I used Real Red cardstock that was run through the Big Shot with the Finial Press embossing folder. Since this folder has a bolder image,  it created a really interesting vintage look on the cardstock.

I layered with Basic Black, Whisper White and Brushed Silver cardstocks and stamped again with Black Stazon ink. The greeting is the Elegant Thank You stamp.

The Basic Black satin ribbon was threaded through the Flower Ribbon Slide included in the Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware kit. 


Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder

This card uses Sahara Sand cardstock that has been patent leather embossed. The embossing folder is Manhattan Flower. 

I stamped the same Watercolor Trio greeting as the first card in Night of Navy ink and punched it with the large oval punch. It was layered onto a scallop oval in Night of Navy cardstock and applied with stampin’ dimensionals. 

The card itself is Night of Navy cardstock with a layer of Certainly Celery. I used those two colours again for the ribbon – Certainly Celery satin ribbon and Night of Navy 1/4" grosgrain.


Patent Leather Embossing is a simple technique that creates a look that can be fun or elegant. Try it today!


Step 1 - Patent Leather Embossing

Cover the cardstock fully and evenly with VersaMark ink. Make sure your pad is well inked. Apply the ink gently and tap to apply instead of rubbing to avoid damage to your ink pad. 


Step 2 - Make Your Own Patent Paper



 Apply clear embossing powder to the entire surface of the cardstock. 





Step 3 - Make Your Own Patent Paper


 Heat with a heat tool until all the powder is melted. If necessary, let cardstock cool and apply a second coat of VersaMark ink and embossing powder so coverage is even.




Patent Leather Embossing


Cardstock will be shiny just like patent leather.  You can see that some glitter made its way into my clear embossing powder. It actually adds a neat effect for this technique.


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4 comments so far

4 Responses to “Technique – Patent Leather Embossing”

  1. Ange Parsonson 02 Jun 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Love the layout and look of the black and white card – great job Dar. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Carol Payneon 03 Jun 2010 at 9:04 am

    I have a question about the Manhattan Flower card. Did you run it through the Embossing Folder before or after embossing? I would think before, but then is just the raised portions patent leather? Probably a “duh” question, but I hope to get an answer!


  3. Darleneon 03 Jun 2010 at 10:18 am

    Carol –

    I ran it though after embossing. In each case, I patent leather embossed the cardstock and then once they were cool, I used the embossing folder.

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