Felted Cardstock

by Lydia Fiedler

Use plastic wrap and a decorative napkin to create a cool background.


  • Decorative paper party napkins
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Large Pad of Newsprint
  • Iron
  • White cardstock
  • Stamps
  • Ink
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Separate printed layer of napkin from white layer.

  2. Step 2

    Open pad of newsprint to middle.

    Place white cardstock, plastic wrap and then napkin on newsprint with printed side of napkin facing up.

    Put two sheets of the newsprint on top of this sandwich.

  3. Step 3

    With your iron on the highest non-steam setting, begin ironing the sandwich, going over it evenly for a few minutes, making sure you iron the entire area.

    Let cool.

  4. Step 4

    While holding the napkin down with one hand, carefully remove the top two sheets of newsprint.

    Then slide your hand under the newsprint and pop the card up off the bottom newsprint.

    Check to be sure the napkin is fused to the cardstock everywhere - especially at the corners. If it's not, simply put the newsprint back down and continue ironing. You can do this as often as necessary.

  5. Step 5

    When the cardstock is felted, simply flip it over and trim off the excess napkin, and use the cardstock as you normally would.

  6. Step 6

    Finish your card.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Felted Cardstock. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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How cool is this technique!! I love it and will try it tonight
Barb  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 7:43 AM
That is awesome! I can't wait to try this technique ...
Kellie  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 8:23 AM
You are my idol Lydia!! What a cool technique, and such a perfect video!! Going napkin shopping now... grin
Libby  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 11:39 AM
That tutorial is great. A few years ago, I believe someone did this using tissue paper in the same manner. It came out the same way. I like the idea of the napkins also because they have different patterns.

Peggy Fox
Peggy Fox  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 12:16 PM
Oh this is so cool! I saw something similar to this not too long ago and it looks like fun....can't wait to find some cute napkins! Thanks for another great tutorial smile
Danielle  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 12:18 PM
Love, love, love this technique and the video turtorial is so much better than reading the instructions.
Ana  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 12:22 PM
Love it! and I love the video tutorials. Keep them coming PLEASE!
Erika  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 12:25 PM
What a great idea, I always have those left over from some party or another and I just can't throw them away.

I'll take a look at the video but the written instructions seem simplew enough and I can print them out for my "project" book.

Thanks so much
PapaSue  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 12:27 PM
Great tutorial. Now off to find some napkins!!
Shari  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 12:30 PM
What a great way to use napkins left over from birthday parties and make into birthday cards. So Cool...TFS!!
Joanie  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 12:35 PM
Fantastic--I am always in need of printed cardstock to do a card and I never have a print that satisfies my desires. I keep pretty napkins from everywhere, and buy packages at the "end of the season", so this should be great for me.
Please keep the video tutorials coming.
"Belle" Wilcox  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 12:39 PM
Love the videos!!
Audrey  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 12:50 PM
This is a fabulous idea. I can't wait to go hunting through my house to find any leftover napkins that I have not thrown out. Never again!

Thanks for sharing.
Stampelaine  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 12:53 PM
Great video - I find the instructions much easier to follow on the video so thanks for taking the trouble to produce these - it really helps.
Margie  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 1:05 PM
Shoot, Just got rid of a bunch of my unused old paper napkins. Poor timing but I can alway buy some or get some from friends. Cool techniques and especially nice with the video. Great job Lydia.
Darla  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 1:06 PM
Great tutorial- love the video-along with the written instruction makes everthing very clear.
Jean  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 1:08 PM
Love the video. This is a great technique and I've done it just slightly differently. But really do love the effect and I love the videos. To me, I need to see and understand better than just reading. Thank you for all your hard work!
Jean Buelow  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 1:12 PM
Absolutely love this and can't wait to try it out. The videos are so appreciated by us visual learners; thanks. I have always thought there should be something to do with all those gorgeous napkins out there - now I have something. Napkin shopping here I come!
Alice  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 1:17 PM
I'm so ready - I'VE GOT NAPKINS - I'm always picking up pretty/cute/fun ones because I'm going to use them - now I really am! Thanks for a great tutorial.
cindy  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 1:19 PM

You rock!!!!!

Kym  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 1:22 PM

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