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. Wow that flower look is soooo Awesome. Now I not only need a flower punch board, I must get that copic air brush system too. This is Beautiful! Happy July 4th.

  2. Totally AWESOME project, videos (Kristina’s as well) and tool. Want, and need, this punch! Happy Fourth!

  3. WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!! SO FUN and such a BEAUTIFUL end result!! I LOVE this idea and the FUN way you used them!! THANKS for sharing the Video too!! HAVE A FABULOUS 4th of July Weekend!! =)

  4. I love it! We don’t have the wonderful celebrations that you have in the USA but I love this picnic basket! Thank you so much for sharing it and for sharing how you made it with us Karen xx

  5. I love the leather look and appreciate both of the videos today. Happy 4th of July to everyone.

  6. Oh, think of the possibilities of using fabric with a stiffner. Might have to use a fabric chalk or marker to show the crease lines. You could use fabric clue to make the pleats and maybe finish by sewing the pleats. How big of a flower can you make? You could spray it with more stiffner. I wonder if Mod Podge makes a product to stiffen fabric? I wonder if the flower punch would work on fabric? Someone try it and let us know.

  7. Thanks to the awesome Sandy Allnock for sharing her unplanned mojo. Love how the leather look came about and the dimension that it creates. Now I want to add the Flower Punch Board to my wish list!

  8. Love Sandy’s “leather” flowers. Isn’t it amazing how the mojo sometimes has a different idea than what we start with?!

  9. Mojo Mistress that’s what you are Sandy. Awesome leather flowers n the colors you used gives a rustic vibe. Thanks for sharing another great video. Simon says let’s go shopping again!

  10. I would never have imagined a “leather” flower……..could make them and put them on my purse or as a pin or a headband!! Thanks for tutorial!!

  11. Great video…what a fun cool flower for your picnic basket!! You’ll probably get a lot of ooohs & ahhhs over that big one!! Would love that board to make some quick & fun flowers for all kinds of projects!

  12. Gorgeous flowers! I love the We Are Memory Keepers punch boards. I have two of them and hope to add this one to my collection. Thanks for sharing and Happy 4th of July!

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