So, it's a set of metal stamps with a metal setter tool that you use to hammer each stamp into the leather to leave a permanent impression. Basically, it's just short of magic (really, really loud magic!).Supplies:
-leather stamping kit (letter stamps, setter, hammer)
-leather or faux leather
–Crop-A-Dile tool (or any heavy duty hole punch)
-scissors (and/or an X-Acto/ruler depending on how thick your leather is)
-twine To make a stamped leather tag:
Step One: Measure and trim rectangles of leather. I made mine all different sizes!
Step Two: Trim two corners off the top of the leather to create a tag shape.
Step Three: Punch a hole in the top of the leather, creating a tag! I like the Crop-A-Dile tool because it can punch though almost anything (plastic, metal, leather, or a small stack of paper!).
Step Four: Use your stamps, setter, and hammer to stamp phrases on each tag!
Tips for stamping leather: Test how many hammer strikes you need to make a good impression on a scratch piece before you begin. I find that stiff leather only needs about 10 strikes per stamp, while softer leather needs about 20. This is loud, so put on some headphones and listen to your favorite song so you can tune it out! 🙂
Tips for sourcing leather (and faux leather): I like to collect lots of small pieces of colorful leather. The sources that I stalk include our local leather store (they have a remnants' bin and will also sometimes cut me smaller pieces), our local Michael's and Hobby Lobby (they sell small pieces and some leather stamping tools—this alphabet set actually came from HL), and thrifted finds (look for damaged pieces that you can salvage leather from). Step Five: Add a piece of twine to each tag. You can make a bunch to use on your own gifts or a set to gift to a friend.
If you make a To: + From: tag like I've done here, use a fine Sharpie or a set of rubber stamps with permanent ink to add the names! It's a fun way to mix it up! Have fun stamping! I'll definitely share more projects with this tool in the future. xo! Elsie
Credits// Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with Lila from The Fresh Collection.