Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Paper Napkins Transfers

I'm so jazzed! I finally got my editing programs running so I could post this new video tutorial on how-to transfer patterned paper napkins to card stock. I hope you enjoy it.



As I mention in the video, this technique produces some really beautiful results. The finished card stock looks almost like fabric and has a really neat texture. What I forgot to mention is where to find decorative napkins. You can usually find them at party supply stores. I have also found them at Marshall's, Pier I, and Tuesday Morning. Below are photos of the cards I showed at the end of the video. (All supplies from Stampin'Up! unless otherwise listed)

Card 1: Paper Napkin; Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Mint Melody (retired), and Tangerine Tango card stock; Orchid Opulence, Tempting Turquoise, Riding Hood Red, and Bravo Burgundy classic inks; Eastern Blooms and Say It With Scallops stamp sets; Tempting Turquoise 1/4" grosgrain ribbon; Scallop Square punch; Filigree designer brad (at center of flower lower left); Stampin' Dimensionals
Card 2: Paper Napkin; Very Vanilla, Really Rust, and Chocolate Chip card stock; Chocolate Chip classic ink; Be the Change stamp (from Rubber Stamped); Antique brass brads from Vintage Brads assortment; Stampin' Dimensionals.
Card 3: Paper Napkin; Watercolor paper; Pretty in Pink, Blush Blossom, Very Vanilla,and Brushed Gold card stock; Jet Black StazOn ink; Aqua Painter brush used with Gable Green and Pixie Pink classic ink pads; Versamark pad used with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder; Oriental Paintings (retired) and Asian Art (retired) stamp sets; Gold metallic eyelets; Gold metallic ink pen (from Pen-touch) used around frame of flower stamp image; 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle punches; Stampin' Dimensionals

61 comments:

Lisa Page said...

That's about the coolest thing I've ever seen in my life! Great video and AWESOME job! Off to find some patterned napkins at the Dollar Store.

airbornewife said...

What a neat idea.. thank you for sharing this awesome tutorial. I need to remember to pick up some fancy napkins next time I'm in town. thanks again, Pam

Stacey L King said...

Very cool technique! Thanks for posting this!

billiejo said...

Fantastic Michelle! I've found a variety of ways to add napkins to my altered art, but never a way to get such a wrinkle free, non faded, result. Thanks!!!

Bev said...

Totally cool! Love this! :)

Lisette said...

Awesome idea and awesome video. I will not look at a napkin the same!

I'm off to the stores in search of pretty napkins tommorrow!!

Thanks for sharing!

Carol said...

Oh boy! Oh boy!, I love paper napkins and all their lovely designs. Now I can do something much nicer than just wipe my face and throw them out!! Thanks for sharing!!

Brenda Weaver said...

That is really, really cool!!! I can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing!

Karen from Ontario said...

Thanks for sharing such a great idea. I have seen so many beautiful napkins that would be perfect to use.

G. Ferrao said...

Cannot seem to see or read the video Michelle, I would love to do this technique, as I have loads of classy tissues!!
TIA

Conniecrafter said...

Oh how cool!!! I have also tried applying the napkins all sorts of ways and have given up, now I can go back and give this another try, thanks so much for sharing....my favorite was the last card, such pretty colors and neat idea of combining napkins!

Qbee said...

How cool!! Thanks for sharing your great idea with us. I think crafters will especially like this idea if they are putting a party together. The invitations & favors can match the party napkins exactly.

Emily said...

Wow! That is so cool! Thank you so much for sharing! I can't wait to try it!

Jenn D said...

What a great idea! Now I have another aisle to stalk in the store.

Jessica said...

Awesome technique! Your video tutorial was great; thanks for sharing it.

cyndi said...

steam on or steam off?

Michelle Wedemeyer said...

Ah! Good question Cyndi. Steam off.

Debbie Littlejohn said...

Great fun! I used to do something similar, but I used waxed paper!

Kristina said...

This is great! I can't wait to try it. I was just wondering - do you seal the napkin so that if it gets wet it doesn't bleed? Or does the plastic wrap somehow come up through the paper to act as a sealer as well as the adhesive? Thanks for sharing this great technique.

Michelle Wedemeyer said...

Hi Kristina,

I think, like with most cards, these aren't waterproof. They would probably react the same as if you got the napkins wet.

Paula Barin said...

What a great technique. I can't wait to try it. VERY cool!

Jackie said...

What a cool technique! I have a ton of napkins I bought when the Mod Podge technique was demoed at our LSS and I never used them but I sure will now! Thanks so much for posting this.

pescbrico said...

What a cool technique!!! Thanks for sharing with us all! :)

SparkofWhimsy said...

Wow! This is such an awesome idea and your cards look so great. Thank you so much for making the great video. Hehe..my husband's just going to LOVE me when I ask him to stop by the Dollar Store on his way home from work tomorrow and then try to explain why. "I'm going to iron napkins onto cards baby." *grins just thinking about it*

Heather the Mooselover said...

Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

Countrygal said...

Wow..thank you Michelle...this is wonderful!

LiveLaughScrap said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I tried it last night & it worked beautifully. My 8 year old daughter thought it was like magic. I don't have a pic yet, but will post to show you when i do. I loaded up with all kinds of napkins on clearance at Target.
Lori
http://livelaughscrap-leedle.blogspot.com/

Elena said...

Thank you Michelle very much for sharing your tutorial and new technique! I just tried it and it works great! Love your blog! You gave us so much inspiration! Thank you! Your cards are so beautiful!

Catherine said...

Thank you so much for doing this, i'm such a visual person and cannot figure out step-by-step instructions (sometimes..lol!). Gotta try these now. I got my decorative paper, my plastic wrap and ready to go...woo hooo! Thanks again!

Karla said...

Michelle!

This are great videos. I am on vacation and not traveling yet so I thought I would learn more techniques and I have stayed in yout blog for hours! thanks sooooo very much for sharing all of this very creative and great ideas! This is a very cheap way to get fab paper for cute cards! Kepp it up, girlfriend!

Anonymous said...

Hi, great tutorial, look like very simple, i tried...and nothing happened, so what problem can be here? thank you

Anonymous said...

hi. great tutorial, look like very simple ans easy, i tried and...nothing happened, napkin doesn't go into paper, what the problem can be here? maybe some trick like usually? thank you for respond.

Michelle Wedemeyer said...

Dear Anonymous,

Sorry to hear you're having a problem. Maybe it's the type of plastic wrap you are using. I have heard that Saran Wrap brand does not work for this technique. I use Target's store brand plastic wrap. You may also try turning your iron up a little hotter. Hope this helps.

Pockets Of Inspiration said...

Awesome tutorial!

Karistamper said...

You never cease to amaze me with your craftiness! Very clever. I love the suggestion of matching the party napkins with a coordinating invitation!

gobarb26 said...

Hi. I have tried this technique just now and I can't get the napkin to stick to the card stock. Could it be the card stock or the plastic wrap that I am using? I used a 32 lb stock paper on the bottom and 2, and then 1 piece on top and it still didn't work. It doesn't seem to entirely melt the plastic. The top paper started to turn brown, so I figured I had done it long enough, but when it didn't work, I kept trying it over again to no avail! I desperately want to do this technique! Can anyone help me?

Michelle Wedemeyer said...

To GoBarb26

Sorry to hear you are having a problem with this technique. Here is a few ideas of what the problem could be:

1) Do not use glossy cardstock.
2) Do not use freezer paper. (I just use cheap plastic wrap from Target.)
3) Be sure the sheet you are using to cover the napking & plastic wrap is not to thick. Just one sheet of common bond paper or 2 pcs. newspaper/newsprint is perfect.
4) Be sure you do not have your iron set on steam.

Hopefully, these tips will help.

Michelle

gobarb26 said...

Thanks. All of these ideas have been done. My next step is to try a different plastic wrap. Should my iron be on med or high?

Maggie T. said...

Can this technique be used on a t-shirt instead of card stock? thx!!

Michelle Wedemeyer said...

Dear Maggie T,

That's a great question. I don't know if this technique would work for a t-shirt. If it did work though, I don't think you could wash the t-shirt afterwords. I think the napkin would dissolve in the water and soap. If you give it a try let us know the results.

Thanks, Michelle

Jess said...

Just tried this fabulous technique and I'm loving it... I even tried it with Tissue Paper and it works the same way!!! WOOO HOOO!!! Thanks again for sharing your wonderful crafts.

Debbie said...

What a great idea...I can't hardly wait to locate some patterned napkins to try it myself. What a way to preserve a napkin from a special event in your life too!

Anonymous said...

I made Halloween cards for my card exchange with this technique this month. They came out fantastic! Thanks Michelle for this great tutorial.

peggy gatto said...

I am so glad I found your place!!! A friend posted in on my group site!!!
You are now bookmarked!!!
thanks!

Carole N. said...

Thanks for this great video. I bought gorgeous fall and Christmas napkins at Dollar Tree last week so I could try your technique.

Big Hugs!

maquisleader said...

This is just the coolest thing I've ever seen! And so many times I've seen pretty napkins and tablecloths that would make great scrapbooking patterns. Thx for this video!

Coleen Franks said...

Michelle, thanks for putting this on. I've done several things with napkins, but never on card stock. I'm an American and I teach art in Ukraine. We'll have to try this. I'm following you, would you follow me so I can find you more easily? Thanks, Coleen

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jeffrey Evans said...

Hi-
Loved your tutorial.
My question is about inks to use on paper napkins...
I want to stamp napkins for a party.
Any suggestions?

Thanks so much!
Jeffrey

jeffrey Evans said...

Hi-
Loved your tutorial.
My question is about inks to use on paper napkins...
I want to stamp napkins for a party.
Any suggestions?

Thanks so much!
Jeffrey

Michelle Wedemeyer said...

Hi Jeffrey.

The problem with stamping on paper napkins is often the ink will spread (or bleed.) You may just have to expertiment to determine which type/brand works best with the napkins you are using. I would suggest trying Archival Ink from Ranger.

Best Wishes.

talha said...

I like your card idea,in the first card the matching with orange shade is fabulous.

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Rosie Zickefoose said...

Thank you so much what a awsom idea nice vidio and your cards are cool now i will start saving some of the vintage napkins i find in auctions thank you


Rosie Z

Anonymous said...

This is soooo cool!I used tissue paper,..perfect! I also used foil wrapping paper,it looks EXACTLY like tin!! Thank-you for sharing.

inbal said...

Thanks for sharing

cardgirl said...

Brilliant technique. Must go & purchase some napkins now! TFS. Caroline :)

Anonymous said...

Fab idea thank you for sharing it x

Noga Melamed Barzilay said...

I l-i-k-e it!!!! Thank you!!

rkramadh said...

Needless to say, people like me are still finding this older video and thoroughly enjoying the technique. I collect pretty napkins (for those "one day I will need this" project). I can't wait to go home and try this now. One question: When you say "medium" heat, what setting is that for clothes pls? I will be using my regular iron carefully :)

Anonymous said...

Well, just found you Michelle, and love your ideas, great job, simple instructions with great results !

Bernice said...

Hi There, Like others I have just found your page, I have tried and succeeded and absolutely love the technique. Just 1 question do you know if there is any chance of the napkin coming away from the paper. Bernice New Zealand 18.09.14