Wednesday, December 2, 2020

How to Make Cards Using Paper Napkins

Happy Wednesday!

I had some interest on a "napkinized" card I made last week, so I thought I'd give you a quick step by step on how to make your own. Mr. Reindeer above started out as a dinner napkin!

First of all, notice that napkins are usually two or three ply. You have to remove all except the top ply to make this work. So that's step one. Get your chosen napkin down to the top ply only.

Now this is how you will layer your workspace (from the bottom up):

Parchment Paper

Card stock (I use 110 pound, but 80 pound works too). I like to cut my card stock larger than I ultimately need so I can choose the best part of the "napkinized" image for my card.

Cling wrap (like Saran Wrap) a little bit larger than your card stock.

Your napkin of choice face up over the cling wrap

Parchment Paper 

So you now have your layers and you can fuse your card stock and your napkin. The cling wrap is your adhesive. You can use any size Cricut Easy Press. I have a large one and the mini. Both work. You can also use a hot, dry iron if you don't have an Easy Press.

So press that stack until your napkin is fused to your card stock. Pay attention to the edges and also make sure the cling wrap and your heat source do not make contact. That would make a mess.

You can give your card a very light application of matte Mod Podge if you plan to add anything water based to it. Remember - napkins absorb liquid. I've had good luck with Stickles without using Mod Podge. But any type of water based pen will ruin your project if it's not protected.

Have fun and enjoy the process. I'll be back tomorrow and I'll see you then.


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