Friday, March 15, 2013

Napkin Cardstock and Embellishments tutorial

“Using a Napkin to Create your own Designer Cardstock and Embellishments”

Supplies needed:
Plastic wrap- (I used Glad Wrap, but the cheap stuff works fine)
White cardstock
Large paper bag cut open and folded in half
Iron on hottest setting before steam setting. (I did not put water in my iron)
Choose dies and punches to use. These are what we used.
Die cuts –
Spellbinders Nestabilities-circles, ovals, squares and rectangles
Sizzix- Easter eggs, cracked egg, ladybug, rectangle frame, Gelly frame, scallop frame, ivy border, leaf stem, Easter basket, bunny, scallop tags- 3 sizes, butterfly #1
Cheery Lynn Designs- Mini Fanciful Flourish,
Martha Stewart- 3 hydrangea punch, large hydrangea punch, sitting bunny, standing bunny, sheep, butterfly, 3 butterflies,  confetti hearts, border punches- pansy –( I also tried it on the small ribbon threader and traditional scallop), Small layering daisy, Punch all over the page square scallop, eyelet heart,
Recollections-Mini Daisy,
McGill- 6 petal flower medium, 6 petal flower small, Floriano flower 2 1/8”,
EK Success- Paper Shapers wave flourish, medium retro flower, small retro flower,
Marianne Creatables- flowers- five petal
Cardstock for base of cards
Scissors, paper trimmer, Scotch quick dry glue, ATG adhesive runner, ruler, scoreboard, pencil, pearls-( I used iridescent pearls from Miriam’s Crafting Supplies), Copics, Gelly Roll pens, Glitter glue, White flocking

 Set up your work station. It is best to use a kitchen counter or smooth board.  Place your folded bag on the counter. Select your napkins.  Plug in your iron and set the temperature to the hottest setting on the iron before the steam setting. It is best to use a dry iron. Turn the iron away from you.

Open the folded paper bag. Place your cardstock inside the folded paper bag.

Place your plastic wrap on the cardstock covering it completely. If using 12” x 12” cardstock, you will need to tear a small piece and overlap it with the other piece by just a little.

Separate your napkin. Pull back gently, making sure you get down to the colored section of your napkin.

Continue to pull gently until you have the white layers removed.  You can either throw the white layers away or save to make tissue flowers another time.

This shows the 3 layers of the napkin.

Here is the colored layer of the napkin showing the backside of it.

Place the napkin with the brightest side facing up on the plastic wrap.  Make sure the plastic stays in place.

Slowly cover the napkin, plastic wrap, and cardstock layer with the other half of the bag. Hold down the napkin as you gently lay it down. Make sure the corners of the napkin do not come up.

Now you are ready to iron the napkin and cardstock.

Start in the right corner at the top and work over. Return to the right slightly, over lapping the section already done and go across again.

Keep doing this as you go down the page.  I found it helps if you count to 5 each time you place your iron in a spot. Once you have covered the whole page, iron over it all about 3 times like ironing a shirt. (Depending on your iron it may take less or more time to iron the layers.)

Gently peel back the paper bag.  If the napkin and cardstock are not stuck together, then iron it a little more. If the napkin tears a little re-iron that spot and try taking the bag off again.

Now that the top layer of the bag is removed, you can lift a corner of the bottom. Gently pull up.

Here is how it will look. All excess will be trimmed off before using.  You can do this with scissors or a guillotine paper trimmer.

Before you iron another piece, pull up any leftover plastic wrap. It comes up really easy. Make sure the bag is clean. It will ruin your napkin cardstock if you leave it. These photos show it is easy to do.

 Here are several napkin cardstock sheets trimmed and ready to use.

Now decide what card bases and tag shapes you want to use and cut and fold them. These are some of the tag and card base shapes I am using.

Cut out the napkin cardstock to cover your cards and tags. Adhere the napkin cardstock using ATG adhesive runner to the card and tag base.

 Now punch out your embellishments using dies or punches.
These 2 photos show all the die cuts and punched items made with the napkin cardstock. It is best to make sure the metal cutting part of the die or punch goes against the white cardstock backing.  If your napkin tears, keep it. You will find a use for it. You can remove the rest of the napkin from it and color the die cut or punched item.

Now choose and print your digis. Here are all the Robyn’s Fetish Easter digis I printed off to use. I flipped the lily so I could use it facing both ways. The digi above is the flipped one.
Chose a medium or mixed media to color your digis. 

Here are the Copic makers and Gelly Roll pens I am using to color the digis.
Gelly Roll Pens- Stardust- clear, purple, yellow, and rose, Metallics- pink, green, blue, silver, gold, Gelly Roll purple.
Copics –Reds- R20, R22, R24, R29, R56, R89, Yellows- Y06, Y15, Y17, Y21, Y23,YR21, YR23, YR24, Oranges- YR01, YR02, YR04, YR07, YR09, Greens- G03, G05, G07, G94, G99, YG000, YG01, YG03, YG05, YG06, YG61, YG63, YG67, YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99, Blues- B000, B01, B02, B04, B05, B21, B23, B24, B26, B28, BG000, BG01, BG03, BG05, BG10, BG11, BG13, BG15, purples- V01, V04, V06, V09, BV01, BV02, BV04, BV08, Pinks- RV000, RV00, RV02, RV04, RV06, RV09, RV10, RV11, RV13, RV21, RV23, Browns- E000, E00, E01, E02, E04, E13, E15, E17, E31, E33, E37, E41, E43, E44, E47, E49, E57, E59, E95, W1, W3, W5, W7, W10, grays/blacks- C1, C3, C5, C7, C10.

 Add flocking and glitter. Let dry while cutting out the other digis.  Now that they are colored, cut out your digis.

These are the ones I added flocking and glitter to.  Now you are ready to assemble your cards.

Here are some cards using the Napkin cardstock, die cuts and punched out embellishments.

The purple rectangle is ribbon. It is a bookmark with napkin die cuts. The rest are tags.

These 2 cards show that you can make very special cards with the napkin cardstock. The card on the left is a double gatefold card and the one on the right is a tri-shutter card.

Any embellishment will work.  Glues need to be thicker and quick dry. The Zig pens do not work with this technique.
The guillotine cutter is best. If you have a paper trimmer with the tiny blade, turn the paper over so the cardstock back is facing you. It will cut fine then. If the napkin is facing up, it will tear.
When using punches and dies, make sure the design is not too complicated or delicate. It will tear the napkin. I found Nestabilities and Sizzix work great and so do Martha Steward and Recollections. If the design is simple it should punch out just fine. Put the metal cutting part against the cardstock backing.
Using Cricut does not work. It tears the napkin.

I hope you feel inspired to make your own Napkin cardstock and embellishments.

I saw this idea on Split Coast Stampers. how to make felted cardstock. This is my interpretation of it.
Thank you for joining me for this tutorial.


Deb Ochs-LaGrone said...

Edwina what a great tutorial! You should link this up at CDAC I'm sure others would like it as much as I did.
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Sharon said...

Love this I will have to find some napkins and try this.

AnyOldCraft said...

What a wonderful idea.
I have seen some wonderful napkin designs when doing grocery shopping so will give this a try.
Thank you :)