How to Stamp Leather Guide for Beginners

This is a tutorial on how to stamp leather. There are many reasons people might want to do this, but the most common one is decoration or branding. The process can be done with tools you probably have around your house at any given time. This guide will show you how it’s done!

Required Tools for Stamping Leather

Here are the tools you will need to get started:

  • Stamping set
  • A piece of leather (vegetable tanned is preferred for beginners)
  • Swivel knife
  • Sponge
  • Water
  • Mallet

Step-by-Step Guide How to Stamp Leather

Cut and Wet Your Piece of Leather

If you’re working with thick leather, an X-ACTO knife is the way to go. To begin, cut your leather into the form you want. For example, cut the leather to make a name tag shape before stamping it if you’re making leather name tags. Then, use a straight-edge rotary cutter or a blade to cut leather on a flat surface.

When cutting leather, always go on the “fleshy side.” This is the incorrect side of the leather, so you won’t be stamping it since it will not be the outside of your leather project.

Wipe the dust off your leather. Because leather is a durable material, imprints must be damp for it to stay. Sprinkle a sponge with water and wet both sides of the leather or put it in the water. First, moisten the flesh side and then the surface of the leather.

Wet Your Piece of Leather

Make any necessary adjustments to the leather. If there are more modifications to be made to the leather, do so first. For example, if you need to create a name tag hole in the leather, perform it before stamping it.

Stamp Your Leather

Place the leather on a solid surface. Always stamp leather on a firm surface since you’ll need to apply a lot of power to get the imprints to adhere. It’s not necessary to use wood for this activity; however, it’s always a good idea. Next, stamp the leather onto the hardboard.

Place the stamp on your leather. Please take a look at our selection of custom-made leather straps. Place the stamp in the position where you want the picture or letter to be shown on your leather with one hand while holding it in place with the other.

With the mallet or maul, press the stamp firmly onto the leather. Then, with your other hand, pound down on the stamp. After this procedure is done, the image or letter will be permanently embedded in the leather. Please give it a few strong smacks with a hammer to ensure that the picture or word has been transferred to the stamp.

To finish your design:

  1. Repeat the procedure.
  2. Repeat the technique with a second picture or letter once you’ve transferred your image or word.
  3. Place the stamp down where you want it, and then strike it with a few solid whacks with a hammer to transfer the impression.

Controlling the Quality of Stamping

Make a few test imprints first. It’s always a good idea to experiment with your stamp ahead of time. Make a tiny test scrap of leather, moisten it, and stamp on it using the hammer several times. Determine how many strikes with the hammer are required to get the image or letter to pass from the stamp.

Before stamping, always dampen the leather. Then, as needed, Rewet the leather throughout the process. You will not need to re-wet your leather frequently if you are just stamping on a few pictures or letters. On the other hand, Larger tasks will necessitate your stopping and re-dampening your leather from time to time.

Allow for at least 24 hours between stamping and usage. Allow the leather to dry fully after stamping. Set aside the leather once you’ve imprinted your designs on it. Allow the leather to dry fully before doing anything else with it, such as sewing it. Depending on the sort of leather and how wet your leather becomes during stamping, drying times will vary.


Can I use metal stamps on leather?

All of our metal stamping products can be used on soft metals such as brass, copper, nickel silver, pewter, aluminum, gold, silver, as well as polymer clay and precious metal clays.

Can you stamp faux leather?

On the other hand, Faux leather cannot be carved as genuine leather can, but it may be adorned. Hot stamping and embossing are examples of decorating techniques. These activities might give a beautiful aesthetic that simulates a straightforward carving.

Can you ink stamp leather?

Yes, you can. Take a rubber stamp and place it on the ink pad, then press down to collect the ink. Repeat as needed. For a dark picture, use plenty of ink. Press the stamp lightly onto the leather bracelet and hold for a few seconds.

Can you stamp leather after it has been dyed?

Wet leather must be tooled before dyeing. This must be done first. After the stamping is completed and the leather has had sufficient time to dry, you may dye and finish it.

Can you use a Dremel on leather?

You can engrave leather with a Dremel, and using extra attachments like sanding, finishing edges, and buffing can help you finish your next leather project faster.

Can you stamp upholstery leather?

Veg-tan leather is made to allow the fibers to be flattened and molded, which enables it to take an impression. Of course, that doesn’t imply that some upholstery leathers or “chrome tan” leathers can’t take an imprint, but it’s unlikely to be as visible and could wear away over time.

Useful Video: Basic Leather Stamping

Final Words

In conclusion, stamping leather is an effective way to give your products a unique look. You can use it for wallets, belts, and bags; the possibilities are endless. The steps you take in stamping will influence how much time you spend on each project.

Thank you for reading this blog post. We hope it was informative and helpful to assist with your leather crafting project. If you have used stamping tools before, please tell us about your experience by posting a comment below. Thanks again! Have a great day!