If you’ve made the effort to write an original story, continue the artistic process by creating a unique leather cover for the book. Once you’ve printed, bound and covered your book with a leather casing, you can create a cover that shows readers the title, author or just an image that reveals a little bit about what’s inside.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Spritz bottle with water
- Letter stamps
- Stamp handle
Determine what you want to emboss on the cover of the book. If you’re embossing a title, you’ll need letter stamps; if you want to emboss a design, you’ll need to brainstorm design ideas that you’re likely to find on a stamp. Purchase leather stamps from a craft store or online leather stamping wholesaler.
Layer towels on top of a secure table. Place the book on top of the towels and use a spritz bottle to spray the cover with water; the cover should turn darker than the spine and back. Wait five minutes to let the water soak in.
Screw the first leather stamp (such as the first letter of the book’s title) into the stamp handle. Hold the handle in your non-dominant hand (your left hand if you are right-handed) and position it in place on the leather cover.
Hit the handle with your dominant hand using a wooden mallet or hammer. Gently lift the stamp handle up to see whether your efforts have left the embossed design; if not, put it back in the same spot and hammer harder.
Unscrew the stamp from the handle and replace it with the next one, then repeat the hammering process.
Tips and warnings
- Lay out your stamps in their proposed order next to you on the work table. This will help you keep your place and estimate spacing.
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