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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  1. What a great tool. I have many We R products but didn’t think I NEEDED this one until Sandy’s demos. I keep telling myself I don’t need to airbrush but the more I see of it in your samples, the more I’m tempted. Loved seeing Ciara at the start of the ‘picnic’ demo. :)

  2. What a cool techniques! Really looks like leather. Love the We R Products! So thinking to buy a flower punch board! Thanks for share!

  3. Thank you to these gals for making videos on these amazing techniques. I am a visual crafter and do so appreciate these tutorials. Happy 4th to everyone at SSS !!

  4. Awesome basket! I’m definitely ready for a picnic… If it wasn’t so stinkin’ hot!!!
    I think I may try this with distress markers… I love the look you got but I doubt I could duplicate it with copics without the air gun tool. Love these flowers. Thanks for sharing!!
    Happy 4th

  5. The flower is beautiful. It does look like leather and reflects the season better than bright, colorful ones usually seen. We’re celebrating a time when the colors were muted and leather was the fabric of choice. Thanks for sharing.

  6. What a beautiful flower and love the leather look you achieved! Thank you for the awesome tutorials!

  7. So neat….I just got the flower punch board and can’t wait to try it. love the look of leather. So cool. Thanks for sharing!

  8. What a neat idea! This really does look like leather and who would have thought it was made by the flower punch board.

  9. Love the leather look you achieved, Sandy! You never know what you will discover when you have time to play! Have never seen the flower board before – very fun. Thanks for sharing Sandy and Happy 4th!

  10. Fabulous Flower For the Fourth! I’m constantly amazed at all the creativity and great ideas I see here. Thanks Sandy, for sharing your talent with us. Happy Fourth of July everyone! We are so fortunate to live in the USA and Happy Birthday AMERICA!!!

  11. Awesome! I have a collection of handmade baskets, we have just remodeled our house and I want to keep the baskets but not sure what to do. I have purchased the flower punch board, I’m thinking I will decorate the baskets with ass’t of flowers to match the decor and place them as useful decorative pieces–to hold the newspaper, hold the remotes,etc. Love how the flower looks like leather! No picnic outdoors here–too hot and dust storms and praying for rain here in AZ.

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