Tips & Techniques: Using Dinner napkins in your LO

I saw something like this technique a while ago on a canvas and I thought I might try it on a scrapping page.

For this Technique you need to get yourself some nice and fancy Dinner Napkins with a lovely design on them that you would like to use on a scrapping page.

Basically we are going to transfer the image onto another surface – from the napkin onto the LO, or letters or whatever – but you could go BEYOND the traditional scrap page and use these to coat 3D objects like a box or ceramic shape. The opportunities are ENDLESS!

Here’s what you need:

1 packet of fancy Dinner Napkins.
PVA/Aquadhere glue
Container of water.
Scuzzy paintbrush
some scraps of card to practice on or if you feel confident, the scrapbook LO or project you are going to use.

Step One:
Cut out the shape of the design from the napkin that you would like to use.
Separate the layers of the napkin from each other. Most of them have three layers. You need to get it as thin as possible.
Scrunch up the napkin into a tight ball and then smooth out again – this is so that the napkin will have a bit of texture.


Step Two:
Spread a small amount of PVA glue over the scrap card (or whatever you are putting the napkin on) and spread out evenly with your paintbrush or your finger. Lay the crushed napkin on top of it, being careful not to spread out the wrinkles too much as the napkin will rip with too much pressure. Use your paintbrush and dip it into the water and then lightly brush over the top of the napkin.


Step Three:
Allow the layers to dry FLAT. DO NOT put it in front of a heater or hair dryer as this will speed the process to much and cause the paper to curl much more. If you can, cover a heavy book in plastic and lay that over the top.

Here are some more pics of several other uses of the napkins. The first is to use a white design onto white cardstock. You could cut that out as some sort of fancy flourish.
The next is to use the thin layer of napkin and cover some of your chipboard letters for some completely different co-ordinating alphas.


Here are my samples for the Tip for this week girls – I have used the whole piece of napkin on the scrap card on the first one and on the second one I have used the letters.


7 Responses

  1. Hi Sare,
    Doesn’t using naplins devoid the need to keep scrapbooking acid free and lingnin free. Won’t these chemicals spoil your photos?

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