Sunday, 15 March 2015

Mid Challenge Inspiration by Rupa.


                 FAUX LEATHER tutorial and a junk journal.

Hello Crafters,
A big warm welcome to all of you. I have a tutorial to share with you today. If you love junk journals, then this is it…make your own personalized one ! Just follow a few steps here…
I am first starting off by telling you how to make a “FAUX LEATHER” cover for the journal. There are a lot of videos available on you-tube but this is the practical one, that came close to it. It’s simple and I urge you to try it.
I love it and went about making 6 of them in different colors.
Things you will need:
Kraft CS – 5.5 X 9.5 inches
Water spritzer
Embossing folder and your die cutting machine
Distress inks of your choice
Varnish or multi medium
Some patterns papers and old note book pages for the junk journal
Magnetic closures or ribbon
Embellishments of your choice
Note: I have coffee stained all the pages here for my journal.
That’s a simple list and so let’s start…

 Mix glycerin to water in a spritzer. For 3/4th bottle of water, you can add a quarter glycerin. Shake well. Mist the CS well with water and rub gently so that the water is absorbed well. Repeat on the other side too. Repeat this process 2 or 3 times until water is soaked well. This will break the fibers and the glycerin gives a sheen and makes the CS really flexible.
     Place the damp CS in an embossing folder and run thru your machine. Out comes a lovely squeezed out embossed CS.
     Leave to dry or if you are as impatient as me, the heat gun will save you!
      Once dry, it’s hard and flexible too just like leather. Toughie!
       Now take DI of your choice, preferably colors from the same family. Start working on the colors light to dark.
     Rub the inks on to the embossed side of the CS and see the magic happen! Work on it till you get the color that you desire. A little bit of Kraft seen is what makes it look like leather.

       Next apply varnish or multi medium, rub with fingers for an even coat all around. Apply 2 costs making sure each coat is dry.

        Now, this look is unbeatable. Your faux leather cover is ready!

        For the pages inside, I have used coffee stained pages. 

   You  can make a signature that fits this cover and I have used twine to stitch up the journal, leaving a bit of the twine handing on the outside to hang some beads and charms.
      For the closure I have used magnets and embellished it with a resin button.

      Here are the lovely colors that did…pick your favorite one!

 Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and try making your own journal soon. Would love to see it.
Until my next creative journey,
Happy Crafting and re cycling


Be sure to pop by Rupa's Blog and see her gorgeous can find her blog HERE


Mridula Hegde said...

Awesome Rupa. Thanks for sharing the tutorial I would love to try making .

Sathya said...

Lovely Tute, Rupa...TFS :)

butterfly said...

What fabulous textured journals - great ideas from Rupa!
Alison x

Remya Sreekanth said...

A lovely Tutorial Rupa .. Will surely make and get back :)

Rupa S said...

Thanks Mridula. you can make your own one!

Rupa S said...

Thanks can make one too but I still have the one you asked for!

Rupa S said...

Thanks Alison. ..means a lot from you..hugs.

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

Awesome tutorial ! Loved the transformation of Kraft into a faux leather !

massofhair said...

Love making the faux leather it always comes out looking fabulous and i get softer hands from the glycerine rubbing lol.

Some glorious colours and love the magnetic closure idea from Rupa, loving them all :-) xxx

Rupa S said...

Thanks Remya, so glad you are going to give this a try. Do share it. Hugs.

Rupa S said...

Thanks Pooja, glad you enjoyed it.

Rupa S said...

Thanks Mo, well said and thank you so much for your sweet comments. Hugs.

Sammy said...

What a fabulous technique Rupa, love it! x

Rupa S said...

Thanks Sammy. So happy you liked it! Hugs.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Thank you, Rupa! You make it look so easy!! The colors you've achieved are amazing!! Hugs, Darnell

Rupa S said...

Thanks Darnell, am glad you liked them all! Hugs.

Julie Short said...

What a super tutorial and wonderful journals you made Rupa! Love it!

Rupa S said...

Thank you so much Julie. Big hugs.

Crafting Vicky said...

wow this is soooo gorgeous!!!! Love it!

Pawsitively Creative said...

So trying this awesome technique! Thanks for tutorial and your journals turned out gorgeous! ~Niki

Shalu said...

Totally awesome rupa...loved the faux leather look n the beautiful journal ....thanks for sharing the tutorial dear...superb technique n will try it once for sure...not sure about the outcome..;)

Rupa said...

Gorgeous! I especially LOVE the burgundy one! May I ask if you just cut/stitched coffee stained papers? Any tricks/tips please? TFS!