I made this a few years ago and am still really proud of it. My husband has oodles of Magic the Gathering playing cards that he collected before discovering World of Warcraft and abandoning everything else...
This is a folder cover for a large a4 folder that holds his cards. I actually made two, one in colour and one in black outline I gave him the outline one as a gift then showed him the 'reject' which he actually preferred! Unfortunately I can't seem to get the other one to photograph and still show the detail, I'll keep trying though.
I picked up a cheap plain brown fake leather and aged it with thin black acrylic paint, the details are done in acrylics also. It has held up really well over the years even without a clear coat. I drew a large copy of a Magic card and transferred the image onto the leather using tracing paper
What do you think?
Ok, here's my hi-tech Paint tute
This is just a slip cover so you have the front made from faux leather and two 'pockets' (one either end) made from another fabric that the folder slips into.
# Lay down your open folder on the wrong side of your leather fabric and trace around the outside.
# Mark on the leather where your inner fabric pockets will need to finish - about 1 cm from the fold on the right side and about 1 cm from the rings on the left side (obviously if your rings are mounted in the middle, both side pockets will be the same)
Leave a seam allowance and trim to size.
# For your inner fabric you want something light but sturdy, I used a light denim. Lay the left side (front cover) of the open folder on the fabric and trace your measurement for the left side only, leave a seam for all edges.
# Repeat for the other side ( this side will use less fabric if your folder has the rings mounted on it)
# Hem the inner fabric on the open edge for both pieces
# With right sides facing, pin the inner fabric peices to the cover and sew together about 3mm outside the marked line where you traced the folder
# Trim seams and turn right way out
# Pop it on your folder and check that it fits and is just a little roomy. Remove
# Right side out, sew a seam about 2mm in from the edge all the way around. Not super necessary but it helps to keep the shape and looks nice
# Check the fit - should be all good so on to the painting!
* To age or colour your leather (handy if a not so good colour is on special) put the cover on the folder and mix up a blob of black paint, half a blob of brown and a little water. Rub onto leather with a lint-free cloth, and buff with a clean lint-free cloth (you are rubbing the colour into the creases and lightly colouring the rest). Wipe with a wet rag where normal wear and tear would occur - edges and folds. Allow to dry (it's pretty quick) and repeat until you like the outcome.
* If colouring, paint (or use leather dye) the leather the colour you want first, allow to dry and then age it.
* Print or draw your outline on an A4 page, rub the back with white pencil for a black leather or charcoal or a dark pencil (eg. 2B pencil) and align on your folder front. Tape it down and transfer image.
* Paint in the design with acrylic paints (artist's acrylics give better coverage and are longer lasting) and add black details and outlines with permanent markers
* When dry buff the whole cover with a beeswax furniture polish or similar. The design will take some wear and tear but mine has held up really well.
Let me know if this doesn't make sense or if I missed something. And get creative with adding pockets and other cool stuff!