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!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Thanks Lydia. I just read your comment on the previous page, and I bet I am overheating. I do separate the napkin layers but thought longer and hotter would make it adhere better. Will try again.

Thanks so much.
Lucky  |  Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 12:53 PM
Thank you so much -- I was over-ironing and now it is working perfectly.

I enjoy your weekly crafting more than any other I see anywhere. Please keep it up. Thanks.
Lucky  |  Tue Jul 12, 2011 at 9:24 AM
Hi: I was just wondering if you could use that technique in a scrap book? Sue
Sue Bishop  |  Tue Aug 2, 2011 at 7:43 PM
This is a fantastic tutorial!!! Thank you very much for doing such a great job! Can't wait to try it out and demonstrate this technique at a workshop!
Pam Truitt  |  Tue Sep 20, 2011 at 1:44 PM
What a great technique. I'm going to use this for my Christmas Cards.
Angela  |  Wed Sep 28, 2011 at 1:36 PM
Has anyone tried to run this paper through a printer? If so, how did it work?
Debbie  |  Wed Nov 30, 2011 at 6:50 AM
Do you have to use the newsprint paper?
Nicky  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 2:57 PM
Oh never mind; I see someone already asked smile
Nicky  |  Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 2:59 PM
I found great napkins at Tuesday Morning. Lunch size may be better . Napkin prints are so pretty & I love this technique. thank you. My friend Helen showed me a similiar way using the freezer paper. Bye, Elaine
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Beats By Dre Pas Cher  |  Tue Oct 9, 2012 at 1:05 PM
Lydia this is terrific. There is a card in the gallery tonight refering to felted cardstock. A quick search in the SCS tutorials took me straight here. Thank you so much for this great tutorial.
Susie Williams  |  Mon Jun 3, 2013 at 4:12 AM
I have used this technique for years, it works great provided you use plastic wrap that is NOT microwave safe, microwave safe plastic wrap will not heat up enough to stick. Also be careful what type of embellishments you use as some glues and paint pens and the like discolour the napkins. I use a silicone pressing sheet above and below, and old iron (dry No steam). News print can leave black marks when heated and plastic wrap is a mess on your good iron if it touches. hope these hints help.
Enid Rudyk  |  Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 9:47 AM
Still a very relevant tutorial. Thanks! I even still have my Manhattan stamp by Stampin' Up!
Leanne Cyr  |  Sat Sep 7, 2013 at 7:40 AM
I am unable to open video. Please advise. Thanks Patti
Patti McDermott  |  Sat Nov 26, 2016 at 4:18 PM

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