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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Thanksgiving Napkin Card...What???

Well, now I can say that I have done it all with napkins. From glass block nightlights, to home decor, to tile coasters, I have put napkins on every possible surface. This is the first card I have ever made with a napkin! I love it. It's no secret that Fall is my favorite season, the colors of Fall are my favorites, and Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday. So, to all my loyal blog followers, you'll be seeing a lot of Fall!

This card is 5 3/8" x 5 3/8" square. I used Really Rust CS for the base. Here's how I did the napkin technique (I made this up today while straightening the box I store my napkins in!!!). Odds are, your napkin is more than 1 ply, you will need to separate all layers, until you have only the top image layer of your decorative napkin. I cut a piece of Kraft CS down to 5.25x5.25" and with my fingers applied a thin layer, completely covering the CS of Aileens Tacky Glue (you can also use Mod Podge, Aileens is quicker). Lay the sticky CS face down on top of the napkin (you will not want to lay the napkin on top of CS it will not go down without wrinkles/bubbles). With your brayer/rubber attachment (or scrap paper and your hand), smooth down the back of the CS. Turn over to reveal the image. Brayer the top lightly again to smooth any wrinkles. With a hobby knife, trim the excess napkin off. Now you have a card front that is gorgeous, fairly quick, and SUPER EASY! The CS will take a few minutes to dry. I suggest pressing it in a book between layers of wax paper to keep the CS straight, it's easier to glue to your card if it isn't rolled up from being wet.

Then I stamped Happy Thanksgiving from SU Holidays & Wishes on Kraft with Choc Chip ink. Wrapped gold cording (SU) around a small Really Rust piece of CS, tape down. Attach sentiment with dimensionals over the corded layer. I tied Choc Chip ribbon around the top, tied gold cording around the knot.

If I keep this up, I will have all my Thanksgiving cards done in record time! I usually only send them to family, with all I am whipping up this year, friends might get one too! I did this card when my youngest went down for an early nap, it only took me 20 minutes to complete (with drying time). I hope you'll try this for yourself!


Paper and Ink said...

How pretty and clever to use a napkin. I love it!

gale said...

Ooh that's pretty!! I seriously need to find some cool napkins to play with!

Rachel Brumley said...

What a neat idea! I've seen some beautiful napkins and wondered what to do with them.


fishlips said...

Wow wo this is amazing, Im new to the blogging group so nice to meet you...

Traci said...

Very cool. I would have never thought of using a napkin on a card.