Floral Frame Napkin Card – with Tutorial

Floral Frame Napkin Card – with Tutorial

Recently, I had created a few cards with panels I made where I adhered napkins to card stock with cling wrap.  It was suggested that freezer paper also works (thanks Bonnie and Verna), and I decided to give that a try.  Oh my goodness – soooo much easier to work with!  The freezer paper does not stick to itself (at all) or move around as much as the cling wrap does.

Another issue I had in the past was separating the back layer(s) from the front layer of the napkin.  I discovered a tip (on this video at 12:20 mark) which is to use a piece of tape on the back of the napkin – near the corner, half on and half hanging over the edge.  Use your finger nail or a bone folder to burnish/push it down on the corner really well.  Then pull up on the tape.  The portion of the back layer attached to the tape will begin to separate from the front layer(s).  Once started, carefully pull the rest of the layer off.  If there are two layers behind the front layer, use a second piece of tape to remove the second layer.  Again – soooo much easier than fighting with the corners to get it started!

I used a pre-cut freezer paper sheet (instead of a roll) which I really liked because it did not curl and was easy to cut to size with either my paper trimmer or scissors.  The freezer paper is shiny/coated on one side, and this is the side that “sticks” to the napkin when heat is applied either with an iron or when it is run through the minc (or laminator).  (An additional layer of card stock was not needed as with the cling wrap method.  Since there is only one coated side (that sticks to the napkin), there is nothing on the back to adhere to a card stock layer.)

If you care to see how I created my napkin panels with freezer paper, I’ve included complete instructions at the end of this post .

I die cut a square (with a peek-a-boo window die) from the napkin panel to create a frame on my 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ card.  My Favorite Things has dies that cut either a square or a rectangle frame, and the cool thing about these dies is that the stitching is on the negative and not on the square itself which makes an interesting border around the opening of the frame.

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I stamped my greeting on a smaller square panel 4 times in my MISTI.  A die cut flower with a bit of stickles (glitter glue) in the center finished it off.

If you care to see how I created my napkin panels…

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HOW TO CREATE NAPKIN PANELS WITH FREEZER PAPER TO USE ON CARDS:

SUPPLIES: 

Minc foil applicator machine  (or *heat laminator, or iron and ironing board/heat safe surface for ironing)  *I had to preheat my laminator for 30 minutes; it was NOT hot enough when the ready light indicated it was ready.  However, my minc WAS ready to go when the indicator light turned color.

Decorative, paper napkin

Tape

Scissors and/or Paper Trimmer

Freezer Paper (cut to size of napkin panel)

Copy Paper (as “carrier” for minc) or Parchment Paper (if ironing)

 

INSTRUCTIONS (IF USING A MINC OR LAMINATOR):

Turn on the power on the minc machine and push button to setting 5 (highest setting). Preheat until the ready light turns on.

Prepare the napkin panel by cutting to size (a little larger than needed), and then remove (and discard) any layers (1 or 2) from the top, printed layer. (Stick a piece of tape on the back (hanging over the edge) to help peel the back layer away from the front; this helps to get it started.  Once the corner is separated, carefully pull off the entire back layer.  If the napkin is 3-ply, use a second piece of tape to remove the second back layer.)

Prepare a “carrier” folder by folding a piece of copy paper in half.

Cut Freezer Paper same size (or slightly smaller) than napkin panel. Layer the napkin (print facing up) on top of a piece of freezer paper (shiny side up/against the napkin).  Trim so there is no freezer paper hanging over the edges of the napkin.

Open the carrier folder and without allowing the panels to move/shift),  lay the “pile” of panel(s) inside the carrier. Make sure the freezer paper and napkin are flat/not wrinkled.  Close the carrier folder.

Feed carrier with napkin and freezer paper into the minc, and allow it to go through. (Once it comes out the other end, the napkin should be attached to the freezer paper.  Run it through a second time, if desired, to make sure it is completely attached.)

Cut panel to fit your card design. Embellish as desired.  If adhering die cuts to napkin panel, DO NOT USE REPOSITONAL TAPE ON NAPKIN; SLIP GLUE UNDER DIE CUT WITH SCRAP OF CARD STOCK.

 

INSTRUCTIONS (IF USING AN IRON):

It is recommended that you use an iron and ironing board (or other heat-safe surface) that is NOT the same as those you use for ironing clothes.  If any of the freezer paper is exposed, it may melt onto your iron or board/table and may then transfer to (and damage) clothes later.

Prepare the napkin panel by cutting to size (a little larger than needed), and then remove (and discard) any layers (1 or 2) from the top, printed layer. (Stick a piece of tape on the back (hanging over the edge) to help peel the back layer away from the front; this helps to get it started.  Once the corner is separated, carefully pull off the entire back layer.  If the napkin is 3-ply, use a second piece of tape to remove the second back layer.)

Cut Freezer Paper same size (or slightly smaller) than napkin panel. Layer the napkin (print facing up) on top of a piece of freezer paper (shiny side up/against the napkin).  Trim so there is no freezer paper hanging over the edges of the napkin.

Instead of a “carrier” made with copy paper, place a piece of parchment paper on your ironing board/surface and another piece over the napkin layers. (This should be bigger than the napkin layers; you will be ironing over the edges and corners and want the parchment paper covering the area around the napkin a bit.)

With dry iron on highest setting (and no water/steam), run iron over the entire napkin until it is completely stuck on the card stock or freezer paper.  Pay particular attention to the edges and corners to make sure they are completely attached.  If you find areas that are not stuck, go back with the iron and continue until all areas are completely adhered.  This could take several minutes to complete.

Cut panel to fit your card design. Embellish as desired.  If adhering die cuts to napkin panel, DO NOT USE REPOSITONAL TAPE ON NAPKIN; SLIP GLUE UNDER DIE CUT WITH SCRAP OF CARD STOCK.

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5 thoughts on “Floral Frame Napkin Card – with Tutorial

  1. I have admired these napkin cards often, but have not yet seen the instructions on how to make it. I love yours, it is so pretty! I don’t have any pretty napkins right now, but I when I do, I plan to try this. I already have a laminator and freezer paper, so I’m set! Thanks for sharing, I know it takes a long time to write these kinds of posts!

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