How to Emboss Leather: A Step by Step Guide (updated in 2021)
by Calvin LW
All you need is a custom leather stamp and a C-clamp (or vice-clamp) for leather embossing. It's readily available from any hardware store near you.
Wet the leather under the tap or with a dripping cloth. This is very important for a deeper and more long lasting leather emboss. You can also use leather softener/stretcher to avoid stains on light coloured leather.
Place the leather between the custom leather stamp and a plastic board.
Screw the c-clamp very very tightly. VERY TIGHT to press the leather stamp surface against the leather surface.
Let the c-clamp to press for 15-20 mins at least. Time varies depending on the type of leather.
If the "clamping" area is smaller than the custom leather stamp surface, you might have to repeat steps 2-3 on different surfaces of the leather stamp for an even embossing.