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  • Writer's pictureVy Tran

May 2021 Technique Squad Blog Hop

Welcome to the May 2021 Technique Squad Blog Hop! I’m excited to be a part of this collaboration with fellow Stampin' Up Demonstrators because it’s a chance to explore new techniques and have fun experimenting. This month, we’re making faux suede!

There are several ways of achieving a faux suede look from cardstock, and they basically involve distressing the paper so that you can split the layers apart, creating small tears as the paper separates. Not only does this simulate the look of suede, but it also gives a similar soft texture. I used a bone folder to repeatedly rub firmly across the edges of my paper—the same process you’d use to curl paper or a ribbon. After the edges began to fray, I gently pulled the paper apart. Once it was no longer separating easily, I went back to the bone folder, rubbing it very firmly across the paper until the next section was ready to peel. You have to be patient because it’s not fast, but it’s a pretty satisfying process! Here, I’ll show you...

I wish I could could let you feel it, too, but for that, you’d have to try making it for yourself!

After I peeled the paper apart, I put it back together again! By gluing together the smooth sides, I got a double-sided suede paper, and I was able to compensate for thin spots and tears. I then used the paper to assemble this wallet card inspired by Maymay.


-Cinnamon Cider

  • Wallet base: 10” (W) x 7-1/4” (H), scored at 5” along the long side and 4-1/4” along the short side

  • Frame (left): 4-1/4” (W) x 2-1/2” (H); cut opening 3/8” from each side

  • Gift card holder (right): 4-1/4” (W) x 2” (H)

-Basic White

  • Message insert: 9" (W) x 3-1/4” (H), scored at 4-1/2” along the long side


  • Fold the wallet base along the 4-1/4” score line and glue along the right and left edges only, leaving the top edge free. This forms the main pocket of the wallet. You can try Tear & Tape, but I think it’s tricky here. Stampin’ Seal does not work for this—you’ll just end up tearing more layers from your paper!

  • Use Snips to round off the corners of the wallet.

  • Use a blending brush to blend on a bit of Cinnamon Cider and Soft Suede inks onto the edges to give a weathered look.

  • Use a Cinnamon Cider Stampin' Write marker to draw in stitch lines.

  • Stamp a sentiment from the Handsomely Suited stamp set onto the gift card holder.

  • Glue the gift card holder in place on the right-hand side of the open card. Put glue along the left, right, and bottom edges, but keep the top edge open so you can slip in a gift card, check, or cash.

  • Glue the frame and a photo or other image in place on the left-hand side of the open card.

  • Cut monogram letters using the Playful Alphabet dies and adhere to the front of the wallet. Placing an Adhesive Sheet behind the cardstock before cutting makes the resulting die cuts into stickers that are easy to apply.

  • Stamp a sentiment from the Handsomely Suited stamp set onto the white message insert.

Thank you for hopping to my site and checking out my project! I hope you’ll have a chance to try this technique with us!

Click the NEXT button to go see Amy Rudd’s awesome project!


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