How to make a leather bookmark with Real Leather and Cricut.
Silver Creek send me samples of their leather to work with. I tested it with my Cricut Maker and it cut well. My first project was this bookmark. The SVG file is linked further down in this post and is available free in the store. The bookmark is rather simple but elegant and would work as a gift for any book lover, male or female.
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Silver Creek Leather Co. sells leather under the brand name Real Leather. You can find it in your local craft stores and online at Amazon. These are some of the samples sent to me, a variety of beautiful colors to work with.
I cut on a Cricut Maker using a purple mat and knife blade with a setting of light tool leather (0.02-0.03 cm). This setting cuts with four passes through the Cricut Maker machine with no issues at all removing it once done. I recommend making some alterations and not placing the leather directly on the mat since it leaves a lot of leather fuzz behind on the mat.
I didn’t move the Cricut Maker rollers over before cutting which needs to be done to not mark the leather. – no worries for this project but something that needs to be known ahead of time for future projects.
Place the first angle of the bookmark to the back of a group of pages. This image shows the book closed with a small amount of leather sticking out the top of the book. You could choose to embellish the bookmark further with a tassel if you desire.
How to make a leather magnolia flower with leather from Silver Creek Leather Co.
with Silver Creek Leather Co.
At a recent trade show, I took a class to learn how to make a leather flower. The class was sponsored by Silver Creek Leather Co. and taught by Annie Libertini. The magnolia flower above was the class project. I had to leave the class early for another event so I brought everything home and finished the flower.
Silver Creek Leather Co. sells leather under the brand name Real Leather. You can find it in your local craft stores and online at Amazon.
The links provided are for your use and may contain affiliate links. They cost nothing for you to use. Thank you in advance for supporting this site with its use.
The image above shows the parts I brought home from the class. We marked the leather in class and started to form the shapes. You can use a variety of different items to shape leather. In class, we used a ping-pong ball for the smallest petals, although mine flattened out during travel home. The leather shapes were already cut and provided for us. Leather can easily be cut by hand with a sturdy scissor or with a die-cut machine.
spray bottle with water
cut leather pieces
hot glue and glue gun
mica spray (optional)
A close-up of the petals shows the drawn lines on the leather before painting. It was suggested to use two light coats of paint front and back of each piece. We were given paint specifically for leatherwork however any acrylic paint will work.
I sprayed the white petals with DIY Mica Spray for a light covering of shine, it is really subtle and not necessary but I wanted to add it to mine. After drying, the pieces are ready to be glued together. I have seen other leather flowers that were sewn together with a few stitches, so it is your choice how to join the pieces together.
I am so please with what I learned and the outcome of this project. I feel like I have just started to experiment with leather as a medium and I am looking forward to more leather creations.
These flowers made by Annie Libertini were shown in class as additional examples. I believe there will be leather flower kits available soon created by Annie Libertini for Silver Creek Leather so keep on the lookout for them.