Sunday, 14 August 2011

Paper napkins get a new lease of life...

I was recently surfing Splitcoast Stampers during another night of  insomnia, when I stumbled upon this tutorial on "Felted Cardstock". Basically, it's fusing the design on paper napkins to cardstock with cling wrap and a domestic iron. Very clever - and lord help me next trip to Ikea! ;)

I found these paper napkins at my local $2 store and it instantly reminded me of the tutorial. This is my take on the technique:
What the photo can't possibly show, is the gorgeous texture these cards ultimately have. It feels like a felty-fabric (hence Felted cardstock) Dah Duh!

I fused it onto Whisper White but instead of cutting the cardstock once the fabric is on, I actually cut the cardstock to size to begin, then cut a small border around the fabric and stuck it to the back which left a much smoother finish/edge.

I mounted the panel onto  SU Night of Navy which was in turn mounted on Papertrey Ink white cardstock.

I thought it was a nice blank card for all occasions. Sort of a modern take on the bird theme.

I also took the same idea and applied it to the outside flap of the envelopes for a matching set. Viola!

EDIT: I guess it would help to have actually added the envelope image at this point ;)

Each of the envelopes have the birds facing in different directions, otherwise I just got bits of tails or beaks.

I was thinking that this technique might turn out well for a boxed set as a gift.

What do you guys think? 


  1. That's a fantastic idea! Your card looks fabulous. Love the idea of the matching envelope too.

  2. Very nice! Will have to try that one myself :)

  3. Great card - watch out now, you'll be collecting gazillions of gorgeous paper napkins!!