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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Fabulous tutorial- I love the video you made- I am very visual- off to look for some 'old' napkins!
Shelly Schmidt  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 4:10 PM

That is an amaaaazing tutorial! You are the bestest. Now I need napkins.

Thanks for a great video & super clear instructions.

Lisa  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 4:26 PM
I love that you have a video w/the tut. I like videos the best and love this one!!!
Cheryl Rotnem  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 4:34 PM
Wonderful tutorial and video. Beautiful examples. I have already tried this technique and it really is that easy and effective!
Sandra K  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 4:41 PM
I'm so glad you had this video on here. I didn't understand the instructions. This is awesome! I am a napkin saver and now I know just what to do with them! Thank you!
Cyndee  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 5:31 PM
I loved this idea. Can't wait to try it.
Very easy instructions and the video was fantastic.
Barb  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 5:41 PM
Who would've ever thought you could use napkins to make cardstock! It's beautiful;Thanks for the great idea!
jan buford  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 7:55 PM
This is perfect for birthday parties!!! Now I can have a perfect match for my thank you cards and scrap page and I have a birthday party in 2 weeks can't wait to try this out!!!!
L2L  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 8:16 PM
The video was very helpful. I feel so much more prepared than only reading the instructions. What a great idea.
Harlene Swanson  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 8:17 PM
What a creative idea!. Thank you for the video tutorial which makes this project easier than one would believe.
patsy  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 9:00 PM
Beautiful card, I can only imagine how soft it is. Do you think the same texture could come from another adhesive. . . say spray adhesive or does the napkin change when you iron it? Great tutorial. You are very clear and it's a great addition to the step by step.
mrslaporte  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 9:15 PM
I love this and I am too going to be buying pretter napkins.
Your tutorial was easy to follow with each process.
Gloria Westerman  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 9:23 PM
The video is AWESOME!!! Great job...keep up te great work!!
GERRIR  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 10:44 PM
Great technique. Loved it. I have many great napkins to use. Thank you.
Judith Strausbaugh  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 11:59 PM
Lovely video and tutorial, will have to start looking out for neat napkins to use.
Vicki  |  Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 1:50 AM
Hi, where would I buy a pad of newsprint? I've never heard of it. Love this card and can't wait to try it.
Great tutorials, keep them coming. Jean
Jean Barber  |  Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 2:05 AM
wow wow wow i love this and have got to have ago just got to find one of those newspaper pads thanks for such a great demo xxxx
dizzy  |  Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 2:46 AM
I love this! How did you get the ink from the pad to the cover to use the blender pen?
judi  |  Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 3:58 AM
WOW!!! What a wonderful way to recycle!!! I can't wait to give this a try!!!
Robyn  |  Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 4:06 AM
wow that is great, thank you,
marcelle baldwin  |  Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 4:53 AM

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