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How to personalize leather with embossing – A DIY approach

Leather is one of man’s earliest and most useful discoveries. Our ancestors used leather to protect themselves from the elements. Primitive man hunted wild animals for food, then made clothing, footwear and crude tents from the hides. Since then Leather has held the interest of man aesthetically and practically for its long life and ageing factors than any other material when it comes to his personal articles. A beautiful personalized leather article will become your constant companion and a prized possession that enriches your life and sparks your creativity. Personalized with your name or logo whatever the article it becomes more than just a blank book – it becomes an extension of yourself, a tool to help capture the thoughts and moments that make up your days. But what is embossing or engraving?

It’s safe to say most people probably don’t get into leather working that much. While you usually don’t need to, making a customized leather embossing is super easy and educational.


Embossing is the art of producing raised patterns on the natural grain of an animal skin. The design is created by pressing rolling, or stamping. Embossments can cover the entire surface of a skin or just selected areas.

Why emboss your leather?

Embossed leather are perfect for those leather items you cherish because leather ages beautifully and are often amazing parts of your character. They can’t be easily altered, and they stand out from the rest of the use and throw clutter today.

Emboss your Leather

For a very simple DIY process to making a simple engraving on your favorite piece of leather is described below.

Step one is to create a mockup of your tag design so you have a reference point to work from. Then clean up and dip your piece of leather in water to dampen it. Then using a hammer and an alphabet stamp or a shape set, lightly tap each letter into the tag where you want it.

However, I would suggest you do this for less expensive pieces of leathers articles before you go further into your more expensive financially and emotionally bound pieces of leather. Once you learn the process, you can suddenly see all the other ways you can customize the leather objects in your life. The alphabet stamp set is easily the most expensive part of this guide, but if you’re interested in customizing your own leather stuff, you can use them over and over again.

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