The Look of Leather

Sandy Allnock - Copic Leatherworks2

Hi readers! Happy Thursday to you! The day where us Americans celebrate our independence with fireworks, a get-together or two,  and of course PICNICS is just around the corner! This fun Copic tutorial by Sandy Allnock is in honor of those celebrations, but this cool technique could be used for lots more too!

You might remember a while back Kristina Werner made a video for us giving a general intro or tutorial to the Flower Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers that Sandy uses in her video. If you have an extra moment you may want to watch this one too!


Hello again, crafty friends! I have a little project I made for my Independence Day picnic…and I hope it inspires you to make something crafty for your party, too! I know lots of Simon Says followers live outside the states – but I hope you could adapt this little leather project to work for your own holidays – or just a summer picnic!

I wasn’t sure where this project was going when I began. I knew I wanted to make patriotic flowers, and of course airbrush them (lately I’ve begun to think I’ll airbrush anything that doesn’t move! Watch out, sleeping dog!)….then I found the great basket as my inspiration. It has more muted, rich colors on it, rather than pure, bright, reds whites and blues, so I started going that way. Then, as I started working with the flower petals, I started “seeing” leather. I know, where did that come from? Who knows, but I’m glad it worked out! Sometimes you just can’t question the mojo.

Watch the VIDEO:

Sandy Allnock - Copic Leatherworks

You might well be able to achieve a similar effect with distress inks or lots of other products. You might even try some distressed-looking paper and just punch them with the board and add the piercing and rounding technique on the back. Leave a comment below and tell me what products you think you might be able to do something like this with, I’d love to hear what thoughts this stirs up!

Have a wonderful Independence Day celebration!


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Thanks for reading and thanks to Sandy for the awesome inspiration!

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135 Comments on "The Look of Leather"

  1. this is just so much fun! I would have never thought of this. :)

  2. Janis in ID says:

    Wow…..great technique and look!! Not sure what other products I would try this with, but it is very cool!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  3. Cheryl Bux says:

    Wow, I’m impressed! I definitely want to try that technique – guess I need a flower punch board after all! LOL

  4. Malini C. says:

    Super cool effect! Sandy is so talented. I love her ideas :)

  5. {vicki} in ga says:

    How cool is this!

  6. Wow, it looks very cool!

  7. Karen Schroeder says:

    I love how you did that! Thanks for the tutorial!

  8. Ying says:

    Great technique and decoration piece!

  9. Candy says:

    Stunning! Hmmmm now where could I put that…….

  10. Great idea, looks fabulous!

  11. Snazzy JJ says:

    Great colors and a great look.

  12. Linda Tupper says:

    What a beautiful flower. It sure does look like leather. Adorable.

  13. Lisa aka Myran says:

    Wow, this looks amazing!!

  14. Gabriella says:

    Interesting technique

  15. Elisabeth says:

    I love the flower punch board.
    Great technique.
    Thank you for sharing this.

  16. Lee says:

    Super technique – thanks!

  17. Ina Good says:

    Wow! Really looks like leather thank you for sharing this unique leather look!

  18. I did this once. . .accidently! Your method is better!

  19. Gorgeous flower! What wonderful inspiration!

  20. Pat McCleary says:

    Gorgeous flowers.

  21. June says:

    Such a great project! Love the leather look! Thanks!

  22. Casey Thrush says:

    Very cool look!

  23. Kelly Flaherty says:

    Love this picnic basket and your instructions are great.

  24. Katie B. says:

    Beautiful work! Love how this turned out! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  25. Dawn Gross says:

    Wow! Great project!


  26. irmz says:

    I thought the flowers looked gorgeous and after seeing the whole video, it was a wonderful inspiring project. Thank you!

  27. Linda F says:

    What a fantastic effect it really does give a leather like texture.

  28. I have never tried airbrushing … looks like it would be a FUN process in my creativity!!! Great leather flower!

  29. Cherylle Waters says:

    I have tried contacting you privately, but the email address shows up as incorrect, even when I used copy and paste and when I tried to use Facebook. I received my first card kit, and I must say that I was disappointed. The red ink pad was missing and so were the glitter stars. I am also disappointed in not being able to contact you in a timely manner. What is the problem that I have to do an end run and contact you using another avenue?

  30. Cindy Groh says:

    Such beautiful flowers. That Sandy is something else. Such amazing talent.

  31. Paulette says:

    Sandy has so much fun with that copic air brushing system! The punch boards are really fun too! I’m wondering if I need more, I have the envelope board. Love Sandy’s Big flowers for her picnic basket.

  32. Darlene Jungman says:

    Great video! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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