You are looking at two beautiful cards - made out of . . . paper napkins!
Yes, the very same paper napkins you set out on your dinner table (unless you fancy those linen ones).
Tonight I have 10 very anxious ladies coming my stamp studio ready to learn the "Paper Napkin" technique at one of my monthly techniques classes. I first heard of this idea a few years ago at a little stamp store in Kittery, Maine, called "Maine-ly Stamps." (A great store, if you are ever in the area). Then, I did a little refresher on YouTube (literally the night before) to prepare myself to teach. Proof that you can find anything on YouTube.
I'm going to provide YOU the step-by-step photo tutorial on how to make these beautiful napkin cards for yourself. First, some basic needs:
2. Paper Napkins
3. Saran Wrap (cling wrap, whatever your store calls it in generic brand - you do not need a fancy schmancy
4. An iron
5. Fire extinguisher (optional, unless your husband (like mine) fears one day I will burn down our house)
The first, and most important step, is to open up your napkin and separate the napkin layer (most have two). This will be the hardest part of the entire process, because just when you think there is NO second layer of the napkin, and your curse my name out loud, you will find it. You can toss the white middle layer, only keeping the printed napkin top itself.
*A little tip: If you tear off a corner on the napkin, you might find it will separate easier. Tweezers also help.
1 Place a sheet of cardstock down on your table (this acts merely as a base to protect your work surface)
2. Add a sheet of cardstock (that the napkin will adhere to)
3. Layer a sheet of saran wrap over the piece of cardstock
Add your napkin (that has been separated) on top of the saran wrap (pretty image side up).
Place another sheet of cardstock on the top of your napkin. Again, this piece serves merely as the layer you will iron. Iron away (on a medium heat setting with medium steam).
You can actually hold the iron on there for longer than you might actually think you would need to. In fact, I was quite surprised by how long it actually took to melt the saran wrap, which becomes your adhesive. (I actually left the iron on while I stopped to take this photo!)
I found both of these napkins at my local Christmas Tree Shops store. I've also been told that TJ Maxx and Pier 1 have great selections. I hope you will find this tutorial helpful enough for you to try paper napkin cards for yourself. It will open up a whole new world of cards you can create!
P.S. - Mr. SSG, I did NOT burn down the house. I did not even set off the smoke detectors.
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