Friday, September 5, 2014

How to Make Embellishments Using Paper Napkins Tutorial

How to Make Embellishments Using Paper Napkins

Supplies needed: 

For step 1:
molds of any kind or shape-(I am using Wilton Candy Molds)
 large round craft paint brush

For Step 2:
Mod Podge
medium craft paint brush
Wax paper
ink or acrylic paint if desired
Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist English Ivy - green and deep pink- Rum Punch

Other Supplies used for my projects:
Digis from the Robyn's Fetish Store
Copics - Yellows- Y0000, Y000, Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17, Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28, YR21, YR24, YR31, Oranges- YR00, YR01, YR02, YR04, YR07, YR27, Greens- YG03, YG93, G20, G94, G99, Reds- R12, R14, R17, R20, R22, R24, R29, R35, R37, Blues- B01, B02, B04, B05, B91, B93, B95, B97, BG000, BG01, BG05, BG07, BG09, Grays- C3, C5, C7, C10, W1, W3, W5, W7, W10, Browns- E29, E31, E33, E37, E41, E43, E44, E47, E50, E51, E55, E57, E59, Skin tones- E000, E00, E01, E02
Adhesives- ATG runner and score tape, Glue Dots
Card stock- DCWV, Recollections, Imagine That! Fabulous Fall digital papers
Gem flourish- Want 2 Scrap
Gold gems- Sticko
Ribbon- Really Reasonable Ribbon, Stampin Up, Celebrate It Fall collection
Ric Rac- Really Reasonable Ribbon
Blue metallic Gelly Roll pen for faux stitching
Dies- Spellbinders Labels Eight, Classic Ovals, Leafy Squares, Lacey Squares
Mini Banner punch - Stampin Up
Apple Buttons- Buttons Galore
Green Floral wire- I cut from some paper roses. I then twisted it around a crouching needle.

Step 1:

Gather your supplies for step 1. Set up your work station. I am showing the supplies for both steps in my photo.

Open your napkin and peel the layers apart. Most napkins have 3 layers, but some only have 2. save the layers in 3 piles. The one layer is white, the middle layer will have a soft pastel print, the other will have the bright tint. You will need 7-12 napkins depending on how many embellishments you want to make and the size.

This photo shows me removing the white layer.

This photo shows me removing the pastel layer.

This photo shows all 3 layers so you can see the difference in them. 

Once you have several napkins in a pile, with the design going in the same direction, cut the napkins in half. If you decide you want certain parts to use cut those parts out and set the rest aside. I am going to use the plaid pieces.

This shows my sections separated.

Now cut the sections into smaller pieces. I cut each section in half. Then put them together and then cut into thirds. 

Here they are cut into thirds. You can store the pieces in a baggie that you are not going to use at this time. 

This is a leaf candy mold. Fill the first row of leaves with water about half way either with your brush or a medicine dropper. 

Place the colored side of the napkin down in the mold. Then add 2 more pieces.

Press the napkin pieces into the mold making sure some goes in the whole mold. 

Add more water. 

add more napkin pieces one at a time pressing down with the wet brush or your fingers. Add water each time you add napkin pieces. Keep altering between the napkin pieces and the water till the mold is full and the napkins fill the mold.

Note:  I like using my fingers to press it down . It works best. 

Here the mold is full. I used the middle layer of the napkin in the middle roll. See how the print is brighter wet. It will stay that way when you are finished. 

Now get a dry clean towel. Press firmly the napkin embellishment with it to get out all the excess water and to compact the embellishment. 

Note: Make sure you press all over the embellishment. 

this photo you can see the difference in the first row and the other 2 rolls which still have water in them. 

This shows all the embellishments pressed free of the water.  Now set aside and let drop 12 hours. 

12 hours later

As you can see the embellishments look lighter. Once you Mod Podge them they will be brighter or darker depending on the colors. 

Remove your embellishments from your mold. Some will fall out real easy. Others will need tapping out. 

Here are the embellishments. Set aside and let air dry till completely dry.

Step 2:

Once dry look at your embellishments. If any have napkin showing on the edges as these do set them aside from the others. We will be cutting these pieces off. 

Cut the pieces off the embellishments with your scissors at an angle or your embellishment at an angle whichever is easier for you. 

I am using this Mod Podge as it is supposed to be acid free and safe for scrapbook pages. It has a matte finish. If you are using them or cards and boxes it is fine to use the Glossy, Antique or any of the other Mod Podge finishes. 

Note: I shook my Mod Podge well before opening. 

Using a medium round paint brush coat your embellishment sides and then the top.  Set aside on wax paper to dry.

Note: do not cover the bottom. It will glue it to the wax paper. 

Once dry turn the embellishments over and coat the bottoms with Mod Podge . Set aside and let dry. 

I made some white napkin embellishment leaves. Pour a small amount of the Mod Podge about 1 TBSP in a cup. Add 5-15 drops of ink to the cup. I am using Copics YG01. 

Note: I am using an applesauce cup. They work great for these kind of projects.
If you don't have ink refills, you can use acrylic paint for this step.

I added about 7 drops at this point of the ink to the cup. As I was stirring I realized it was too light and added 8 more drops of ink to the cup.
  See the white napkin leaves on the right of the photo.

This is my mixture. It is light but that is okay as I am planning on spritzing the leaves when they are dry.  

Paint the leaves doing the sides first then the top. 

Make sure you cover all the white  on the top and sides. It is hard to match your color perfectly afterwards.  Set aside and let dry.  Once dry use Mod Podge on the bottoms.  Set aside and let dry. 

Here are all the leaves once dry and finished. The ones on the far right are the ones we painted and I then spritzed with Tattered Angles Glimmer Mist to make them look like turning leaves. 

Now it is time to make a creation with your embellishment. Choose your digis. I am using Robyn's Fetish  "Fall Sentiments,""Fall Sentiments 2," "Apples in a Basket," "Scarecrow" and "Scarecrow n' Bird". You can find them in the Robyn's Fetish store here
I colored my images with Copics.

Here is a box and the front of a tag made for a decoration to hang up where you can see both sides.

This shows another angle of the box and the back of the tag. I used leaves on all 4 sides of the box. 

This is an easel card I made using the leaves. 

  These embellishments are so easy to make. I made several to have some for later. 

Note: To store them: Place wax paper between each layer. You can store them in a box or plastic container. 

Thanks for dropping by. I enjoyed our crafting time together. Contact me if you have any questions. I hope you will give this a try. Have Fun! Until next time Happy Crafting. 


I first saw this technique here.
Amy Talbot- Sumrall U-Tube video

Robyn's Fetish

Really Reasonable Ribbon

Imagine That!

Stampin Up 

Want 2 Scrap

Buttons Galore


Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow Edwina, this is a wonderful way of creating one's own embellies. Thank you for the how too.Just adore your harvest card using your unique embellies.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend with a bit of craftiness on the side.
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Avril Ann said...

Oh WOW, Edwina, what a fabulous idea, and a superb step by step, will be back to try this out, thank you for sharing...your cards are superb also, hugs xxx