Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Snazzy Napkin card...... neat technique tutorial!

I've wanted to use this napkin technique for ages, since I first saw it on YouTube. The results are amazingly gorgeous! Yup, this is a napkin.... come see how I did it.

This is "kind of" a tutorial, but very quick.. I didn't go into alot of detail.. and didn't take pictures as I was making it (darn... I should know by now that when I do a new technique, I should take pictures).

And YES... I used a napkin!

You can get a HUGE variety of napkins at Tuesday Morning, and online at different Etsy stores.
Here is the card in it's full glory and of course, the photo doesn't do it justice and doesn't show all of the glittery highlights.

Here's what I did:

1.  I used a 4x6 piece of watercolor paper.
2.  Made a 5x7 card base out of the green.
3.  Cut a 4-1/4" x 6-1/4" purple mat.
4.  Use a large napkin with the picture you like. Gently pull off the thin white paper that is on the back of the napkin. Sometimes there are two layers of the thin white paper so tear both off.


5.  Next, cut off the quarter section so you have one picture, and trim the picture to fit the 4x6 watercolor paper.
6.  Spread glossy Mod Podge on the piece of watercolor paper... and then spread some also on the back of the napkin.
7.  Lay the napkin onto the watercolor paper and smooth it out carefully to get out the wrinkles.. or you can leave them in for texture.  Trim off any edges that protrude off the edge of the watercolor paper.
8.  Put some more Mod Podge on top of the napkin, and sprinkle clear embossing powder on top, shake it off and then heat it with your heat tool to melt it and dry it.
9.  Once dry, put another light coat of Mod Podge over the picture and while wet, sprinkle some clear glitter on top.. then shake it off. I press it down as best as I can so that it will adhere well. Let it dry well or use your heat tool to dry it.


Here is a close up (above)... I think next time I'll try putting the glitter on as the first layer and not use the emboss powder... as alot of the glitter tends to come off when it's applied over the embossing... but the shimmery emboss powder does looks awesome.  

I wish I could have captured the full effect on camera.
Once the glitter was dry, I added a lavender ribbon on top and wrapped it around the back of the watercolor paper and glued it down on the back of the watercolor paper, before adhering it to the purple mat.

I used a little "sweet" tag that I had printed out on my printer on cream cardstock, a row of lace trim on the bottom, a black glitter butterfly and some tiny roses.



And voila! it's done! Was really quite fast and easy.. and alot of fun.  Next I'm going to use that darling chicken napkin to see what it looks like with just glitter and no emboss powder.



Try it, you'll love the results.

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11 comments:

  1. Wow, that is a very pretty card...a medium I've never dabbled in. Glad you did!

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    1. Thank you! It was so fun and I've wanted to do it forever. You'll see more in upcoming posts... like the chickens and some more vintage ones, and probably also Christmas. I want to see if I can make it much more glittery. Marilyn

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  2. Love this technique! I'd almost forgotten about it, seems like a long time since I've seen anyone use it, and your card is so lovely I want to make one myself! I love the idea of the shimmer embossing powder, really adds an extra WOW factor. :)

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    1. I'm sure this technique has been around for a long time. I saw it probably a year ago on YouTube (so addictive) and have wanted to make one since then. The emboss powder makes the card very sturdy and solid and gives a bumpy texture. I just LOVE the huge selection of napkins "out there"!! I'm definitely going to be making more of these. Marilyn

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  3. Love this technique! I'd almost forgotten about it, seems like a long time since I've seen anyone use it, and your card is so lovely I want to make one myself! I love the idea of the shimmer embossing powder, really adds an extra WOW factor. :)

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  4. I absolutely adore this technique. Purchased some napkins ages ago with this intent in mind. Thanks for sharing your lovely card. I need to dig out my napkins or go purchase new ones?

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    1. Oh definitely go get new ones!!! (smiling)....... Tuesday Morning (a store here in the Pacific Northwest) has a goggle of wonderful designs! and there are some shops on Etsy that have wonderful napkins. It's such fun! Marilyn

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  5. This is so beautiful Marilyn! I've never heard of this technique. Very interesting. I'm taking a collage class and I agree that this kind of thing is addicting.

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    1. Yes it's very addicting! I never used to use Mod Podge at all, but sure love it now... so fun playing with it even on heavy paper. Hope you try it!

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  6. I'm going to have to see if we even have any napkins with designs on them. We usually use cloth napkins, but I believe there are paper napkins in the Paper goods cupboard. Your card is adorable. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you! If you have a Tuesday Morning store where you are, they have the most luscious napkins! Party stores do too. It's as addictive as buying scrapbook paper!

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