Leather embossing is a new hobby that has grown in popularity over the last few years. Many people are interested in how to begin, and the process is quite simple. 

After taping the back of your leather, moisten it first. Place the leather stamp on the leather by drawing a line in the middle of it. Last but not least, use a mallet to firmly emboss your stamp.

How do I emboss leather? What tools do I need? How much budget do I need to start? This article will help you answer these questions.


Leather projects come to life with embossing. Not only does it make the design stand out beautifully, but it provides an element of texture as well. 

Unfinished leather is also protected by embossing, since the deeper the design is impressed, the more compact the leather fibres become.



Leather is an important consideration

Due to the oils and waxes applied to it, finished leather is more resistant to embossing and tooling. To achieve best results, emboss unfinished leather as it still absorbs moisture to expand the fibres for a more impressive end result. Once you have finished the project, you can apply leather finish.

Finding the right leather is another tip. There are various types of leather, and you can’t emboss all of them. Our recommendation for your embossing projects is to use top-grain and corrected vegetable tanned leather. The leathers are durable, smell like leather, and are finished in earthy tones.

Embossing does not work well with thin leather, so look for one that is at least 2mm thick.

Supplies and tools you need

Without the right tools, your expertise and artistry won’t be of much use. If you won’t use a tool for a long time, there is no point in buying it. Make your own leather stamps with our DIY leather stamp tutorial.

Workspace selection

Without the right equipment, leather crafting can be challenging. It is healthier and more efficient to create items on a comfortable and stable work surface. For standing or sitting work, the height of your work table needs to be adjustable.


You need to understand crafting terms that may mean different things as they relate to other media when you learn how to emboss leather. You will be able to create lovely leather products in no time if you understand these terms.


To emboss a design on a large sheet of leather, it is necessary to use special equipment. Normally, embossing is used to mask imperfections and increase the value of leather that doesn’t pass the quality standard for fine leather.

The design can either be left as is for blind embossing or dyed to emphasize the design. We recommend blind embossing for small texts and logos, but leather dye for large areas with intricate designs. It is noticeable that embossed areas of leather darken slightly.


Crafters often use the term embossing interchangeably with stamping and tooling. Before achieving a professional look, tooling must be done strictly by hand. Leather tooling requires stamping tools. The best leather for tooling is unfinished leather, as with other leather crafting techniques.


In contrast, embossing is a method of transferring images through a leather stamp and an embossing machine.Stamping and branding are also part of this method.ng. YouWith metal stamps, you can create blind effects with an arbour press as well.


However, engraving leather involves cutting through the leather surface and needs a leather finish to prevent it from being damaged.


Swivel knives are primarily used to carve leather and are a key component in the leather tooling process. Having a consistent depth throughout the work is essential when cutting.


In leathercraft, casing is the process of soaking vegetable-tanned leather in moisture. By absorbing the water, the leather’s fibres expand in preparation for stamping and embossing. 

The leather may need to be soaked in water or sprayed with a spray bottle for thick leather (>3mm). Wet sponges are best for thin leather. During the stamping process, you may need to apply more moisture to the leather.



Knife that swivels

Swivel knives are excellent tools to emboss leather because they are small and sharp, and they are essential for tooling or carving leather. A swivel knife may be angled or nonangled, hollow ground or ceramic, or both. It’s best to start with one that’s not angled.


Embossed leather patterns are created by using leather stamps. You might want to have different stamps – a border stamp, a background stamp, a beveler stamp, and a basketweave stamp. When you become more experienced with it, you can add more stamps or have a custom leather stamp made to add a logo. 


An embossed stamp or stamps are driven into the leather to produce an impression by using a mallet to flatten the leather. There are various sizes of mallet heads, which determine the amount of pressure they apply. The mallet can be made of nylon, rawhide, or wood, depending on what you prefer.

Platers for cutting

Another essential tool for embossing leather is the stone slab (you can use marble or granite). As an alternative to stone slabs, you can also use a flat anvil. During the embossing process, it provides a stable work surface so that your leather gets an impressive impression.

During stamping, the pound board is used to absorb the pressure of the stone slab or anvil. The board also works well for cutting patterns, tracing designs, or stamping directly on it since it has a slight tack where your pattern paper sticks. Nevertheless, if you’re working on thick leather, a firm surface is recommended, especially if the leather is thick.

Supplies of Other Types

The last thing you’ll need is a straight edge ruler, a straight edge sponge, sharp scissors (preferably curved), and a French curve for embossing leather. The finishing oil or dye you choose will dictate the final look of your embossed leather project.



Embosser for leather

Embosser machines and metal stamps are required for stamping leather. To give crafters more control over the embossing process, leather embossing machines are typicaWith a precision plate, it can absorb some of the pressure ofome pressure from While embossing the leather with the machine. Make sure you push as hard as possible to achieve the desired embossing depth.

Its pressure potential is 2 tonnes, so it usually does not need a lot of muscle strength. Alternatively, you can use an arbour press instead of the expensive embossing machine. Although it can work with small stamps, it cannot emboss large stamps.

A digital stamping machine is necessary if you want to do hot stamping. Using the digital display, you can adjust the temperature. Other materials can also be foilled, including PVC, wood, and faux leather.

Stamps embossed with metal

Using a CNC or laser engraving machine, you can easily have a leather stamp engraved today. The wax stamp heads can also be put into an arbor press when you use it. You can stamp leather on a metal slab rather than a slotted anvil if you want a sturdy surface.

Supplies of all kinds

In addition to heat-active foil (which comes in different colours), thermal tape, and alphabet stamps with their T-slot and holders, you’ll also need these items in order to do hot stamping. 


To start embossing leather, you’ll need $200 to $300 for the equipment and supplies and another $100 for the tools and equipment. As you progress with your craft, you may have to spend more money, especially if you want to buy machines and have custom stamps made.


  1. Using a slightly damp sponge, apply moisture to your leather once you have traced your design. 
  2. The fine point of a #2 pencils should be sharpened, then sandpaper should be used to bluff it slightly. A 1mm embossing stylus can also be used. 
  3. In the end, next to your leather piece, place a piece of tracing paper with the pattern on it. Trace lightly at first. Follow up by tracing more deeply. 
  4. Maintain the crisp image of your design by using French curves and a ruler for long lines.


1. Secure your leather piece by taping the back

Add painter’s tape to the back of the leather sheet before casting, especially if you are working with large sheets. After you casing it, the leather will not stretch as much. You can skip this step if you have a smaller piece of leather. 

2. Use a leather case to protect your leather piece

You can spray water over your leather or soak it in a small bowl of water to coat it. You will need more water if your leather is thick. When working on dried leather, wait until it has returned to its original color. 

3. Press your metal stamp against the leather

If you are using patterned stamps, such as a basketweave, you should draw a line halfway between the design and where you want it to start, to ensure that your design spreads evenly. 

4. Use a mallet to tap the stamp 

Start stamping your tool by giving it a firm tap after you have your stamping position locked in. A half-tap is all you need to deepen your impression without moving your stamp. 

Try this article for a simple solution if you made an error while stamping. If you are working on a project that requires leather, try the hack on a scrap piece first. 


You’re interested in making a permanent personal touch to your gifts, but you don’t know how to start? Create products such as keychains by embossing leather. Scrap leather can also be used for this purpose.

It may be helpful to line a metal cylinder, which is slightly larger than the rivet, if you do not have a rivet setter. You can then cover it with cardstock or paper to resemble a rivet setting tool. Push the rivet in and lock it by using a metal bolt or anything else that fits the rivet.

Keychain made simple

You should cut a piece of leather to the size you desire for your leather keychain. Making this keychain shouldn’t take more than five minutes. 

  1. Prepare a 8-inch-long, 3/4-inch-wide strip of leather.
  2. A key ring should be threaded through the leather strip, folded in half, and secured with a rivet just below the bulge left by the key ring.
  3. Make a tracing of your design. This step can also be skipped and other stamps, like alphabets, can be used for personalised keychains, along with fun stamps, such as flowers or geometric patterns.
  4. Apply a damp sponge to the front side of your leather strip. Allow the leather to dry for a minute. It will be ready when it returns to the original color before it was cast.
  5. You can use washi to see where your stamps should go by putting a strip on the leather strip. The leather can be cut into a semi-circle, a ribbon, or left squared off so you can stamp the name.
  6. Depending on the look you want, you can choose either unfinished or finished leather. Use a burnishing tool to smooth out the edges.

A keychain featuring a cow tag

A keychain featuring a cow tag
  1. To make an intricate keychain design, you can use a Cricut machine or download and print a stencil online.
  2. You will need to cut an approximately two-inch square piece of leather from scrap leather. Create an upper cow tag with the upper corners.
  3. You can use a slightly blunt pencil to trace the design onto the leather strip. The design can also be drawn directly onto the leather. It also helps reduce friction between the pencil and the leather.
  4. The depth of the impression should correspond to the embossing depth you desire.
  5. You could start beveling your design if you were using tracing paper. With a swivel knife, deepen the outline if you drew directly on the leather.
  6. Using dye to give the leather an antique look is the final step in your project. Use a burnishing tool to refine the edges.
  7. Attach the key ring holder to the narrow side of the keychain by punching a hole.


If you have any questions about embossing leather, we hope this post answered them and inspired you. Here is an article with more information on the tools you’ll need. 

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