Not quite the real thing but the...
Faux Leather Effect still looks good.

Another technique for you to try...this time we are going for a Faux Leather Effect.

There are such a lot of different cardmaking techniques coming onto the market all the time and it is time consuming trying to keep up to date with them all, and expensive

But here is another that is easy to create, and you will find many more that you can watch in Tutorials.

The effect we are trying to get here is that of antique patchwork leather, and it adds an unusual look to your cards.

Find that old roll of masking tape tucked away at the back of the drawer, and we will give it a try.

Faux leather background

Add lots of torn off strips of masking tape in a random way all over the cardstock, until you have it all completely covered.

Don't worry about it being neat, but try to make sure that all the edges are stuck down properly.

Once you have done that take a piece of sponge, cut and dry or a blending tool and with some distress ink go over the masking tape in circular motions, until it is all blended in.

The next step is to cover it all with VersaMark.

Dab the ink pad all over the tape and make sure it is all covered, and the sprinkle some clear embossing powder all over the front.

Shake the surplus back onto some spare, creased paper and pour it carefully back into the container for the next time.

With your heat tool hold it over the powder and once it is heated it will melt and go shiny.

Try not to waft the heat tool around so as not to blow the powder off, just heat one area until melted and then move on 

Leave it to cool, and don't worry if it curls. You can glue it to some stronger backing card and it will lie flat again.

Try using different colours of inks, or blend two of them together to match your scheme.

The flower on this card is made from the Paper Roses Tutorial.

The Faux Leather Effect is really nice and can go along way on your cards.

This technique is especially good for any of the male cards that you may want to make.

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