Tuesday, 22 October 2019


Good morning crafty friends

It's not about the design of the card but the technique lol

For several weeks now (when health allowed) I've tried the napkin transfer technique to no avail but I'm now pleased to report that, finally, I've succeeded!  

It feels like forever and a day to achieve the above, hence the small card!

The napkins were bought about 4-6 weeks ago, this design and an autumn themed one were the only ones available in Tesco

I've watched numerous YouTube videos for doing the transfer and they have all said it took approximately 7-10 minutes to complete.... not in my case!

I use clingfilm from Lakeland (I love that store) but I'm going to buy a very cheap roll from the local Pound Store to see if it will make a difference to the length of time for the transfer

This is what you do:

place a towel on either your ironing board or a counter top - I did run the iron over it to removed the fold lines but I don't think doing that is really necessary

place your cardstock onto the towel then cover the card with cling film, ensuring there is plenty of excess on all 4 sides.  Also smooth it over the card as best you can

most napkins are 2/3 or 4 ply, you must remove all the backing from the napkin  then smooth the patterned napkin over the cling film, or run the iron over it

place a piece of copy paper over the napkin and ensure it's covering the base card

with a hot iron, do not use the iron on steam, iron over the copy paper ensuring you do not touch the excess cling film, otherwise you'll have a messy iron to clean!

I tried my small iron I keep for the craft room but it didn't work (that's the technique not the iron).  I then tried our travel iron, no success there either so the main iron had to make an appearance and it did work!

just keep moving the iron around the copy paper and every few minutes gently check to see if the transfer is happening.  If you carefully lift a corner of the napkin and it's not adhered to the base card just keep on applying the heat

when the transfer is completed remove the excess napkin and cling film from around the base card

I used the outer scalloped die, from the set below, to die cut the card shape

With so many designs to choose from around this time of year it is a really fun technique to try

  • napkin - Tesco
  • cling film - Lakeland
  • die set - Creative Expressions
  • sentiment - Craftwork Cards
June x 


  1. What a lovely idea - I have a drawer full of lovely napkins that I seem to collect!! Haven't seen this idea before - but I can imagine making toppers from the napkins and saving for that 'quick card'. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi June this is amazing. I really must give this technique a try. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  3. wow thats gorgeous June something totally different.
    Gr Karin

  4. Wow, what a beautiful result, June!
    xxx Margreet

  5. Thanks, June for this - haven't tried this technique yet but will give it a try - I have been collecting pretty napkins for ages meaning to have a go !!!

  6. Looks lovely, I have never tried this technique, another on my to do list, xxx

  7. Hi June, I really must give this technique a try. it looks amazing..
    Pam x


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