How to Emboss Gold onto Leather Books

Learn to emboss gold on your own books at home.
Learn to emboss gold on your own books at home. (Image: leather-bound book image by Alex White from

Through a fairly simple process, you can emboss designs, names or whatever else you would like on leather-bound books. Leather stamps are different from other types of stamps, since they are designed to make an impression in a tough material. You can buy leather stamps at a local craft store or at one of many Internet craft stores. For your first attempt at embossing a leather book, use a practice book until you get the process down.

Things You'll Need

  • Table
  • Wood block larger than the book’s cover
  • Damp sponge
  • Leather stamps
  • Mallet
  • Small paintbrush
  • Gold leather dye

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Choose a solid table as a place to perform your work. Open the cover of the book and place it over the wood block.

Clean the book cover with a damp sponge. The water will help the leather stamps make a more clear impression in the leather.

Position the leather stamps on the leather until you have the layout the way you want it. Use a ruler to measure the spacing between letters and other designs.

Hit the handle on the leather stamps with the mallet. Lift up one side of the stamps to make sure they have made a clear impression in the leather before completely removing the stamps.

Paint the embossed portions of the book cover with a paintbrush and gold leather dye. Let the leather dye dry for several hours.


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