One nice thing about doing ATC cards is that I get to experiment on a less intimidating, smaller scale than I would be if working in another medium. Case in point – my recent foray into working with paper napkins.
I have had these Punch Studio paper napkins for quite a number of years now:
I had purchased them during my decoupage period, when I was fascinated by the ancient art of decoupage, hoping to eventually do some kind of napkin decoupage. Well I never got around to it, and these napkins just sat in my drawer, waiting for the right project.
With my ATC obsession, I decided to pull them out and use the images as the basis for my cards. I ended up making two similar cards, one in portrait/vertical format and the other in landscape/horizontal format.
I used the birds as the focal point for each of my cards. The key to working with the napkins was removing all the extra layers so that I ended up with just the top layer that the images were printed on. The other key was using Perfect Paper Adhesive to glue down the thin, delicate layers of napkin to the cardboard bases.
This is the perfect glue for the task. PPA is like a thin, runny version of gel medium, which tends to be rather thick. It was specially formulated by a collage artist, and what makes it special is that it glides very smoothly over whatever surface you’re gluing down, minimizing wrinkles and reducing the chances of tearing any delicate papers you’re working with.
I decided to give my birdies gold crowns, which I cut out of cardstock and decorated with gold glitter glue.
I added some gold Dresden paper trim to the base of each crown. For the larger crown, I decided to cap each point with some more bling.
I took the butterflies in the floral napkins and glued them to cardstock, cut them out, added foam mounting tape to the backs, and added them to my cards.
Because both the flower in one of my ATCs and the butterfly were red, I added gold glitter glue to the edge of the butterfly to make it pop against the red of the flower.
I added a floral embellishment to each card to give it more dimension.
The purple-blue flower was actually two sets of petals from a silk hydrangea glued together with a purple plastic crystal in the center. The orange flower started out as a white paper floral embellishment.
I decided to add some pop to the white flower by painting it with a mix of red and yellow watercolors. I had received the watercolors from a friend who was cleaning house and used the paints straight from the tube. I don’t know if I was supposed to add water to it; it went on just fine, but maybe a tad too bright. I decided to add some green paint to the leaves, but they ended up too garish looking, so I ended up snipping them off.
I admit my paint job wasn’t perfect, given all the tiny crevices in the flower.
I sealed my ATCs with more of the PPA. I had some Glossy Accents leftover from a class I had taken a number of years ago, and decided to use it to add some dimension to the eyes of the birds.
I added some bling to the center of one of the flowers printed on the napkin of one of my ATCs.
To the backs of my ATCs, I glued some Japanese yuzen paper.
I decided to add gold glitter glue to the front of each card, along the edges, to help seal the delicate edges of the napkin to the card base.
I thought the second ATC could use another embellishment to break up the bird, as he took up most of the length of the card, so I decided to add a label in the corner. I made my label using a vintage Dymo label maker that I had gotten from my dad, who now uses a P-touch label maker.
I cut a strip of green cardstock about 9 mm wide and fed it through the Dymo and printed out the word, “chirp.” (I know, I know, I could have been a little more creative with my choice of word)!
I went over the letters with a fine tip red Sharpie marker to make them pop.
I didn’t do a very good job trimming the ends of the label at an angle before I added it to my card.
Another look at my two finished ATC’s:
I like the first, portrait-style card better than the second, landscape-style one.
Which of the two do you prefer? Have you ever crafted with paper napkins? Please share in the comments.