Using Napkins to Design Beautiful Cards

Learn how to use napkins to add artistic flair to your greeting cards.

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by Judi Watanabe

The Complete Photo Guide to Cardmaking (Quarto Publishing Group, 2016), by Judi Watanabe, explores a wide range of techniques and end products, making it a valuable reference for any crafter. So when the mood strikes, use the artistry you’ve learned to create personalized greetings for everyone you know!

You Will Need

• 1 paper napkin
• paper adhesive
• 1 sheet cream card stock, 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches
• 1 peach-colored folded notecard, 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches
• baker’s twine
• scissors
• paintbrush


1. Separate the printed layer of the nap­kin. Choose the images you wish to use for your card and cut them out.

person using scissors to cut out a flower from a napkin

2. Using the paper adhesive, apply the napkin cutouts to the cream-colored card stock. Because the adhesive dries clear, you can apply adhesive to the card stock and lay the delicate napkin layer on the wet adhesive. You can also smooth out wrinkles with more paper adhesive and a paintbrush. Let the paper dry, but clean your paintbrush before the adhesive dries.

paint brush with glue on it laying on top of a pink paper flower

3. Crop to 4-1/4 x 4-3/4 inches and adhere to the folded card. Tie baker’s twine and secure with a bow.

person tying yarn around a card with pink and orange flowers on the front

Read more from The Complete Photo Guide to Cardmaking:

Decorate Greeting Cards by Using Tissue Paper
Using Dried Leaves to Decorate Greeting Cards
Using Fingerprints to Decorate Greeting Cards
Drawing with Tape to Design Greeting Cards

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Reprinted with permission from The Complete Photo Guide to Cardmaking, by Judi Watanabe and published by Quarto Publishing Group, 2016.