Napkin Collage

This weekend was fun and inspiring because I was able to attend a large rubber stamp event close to home. It was really a “paper art” event, though, because as you’ll see, this project did not involve rubber stamps at all!

At this kind of event, I like to sit and participate in the demos and “make and takes” that are offered.  And sometimes, ironically, the techniques don’t even involve rubber stamps.  My favorite, this time, was a fun technique called napkin collage. Sounds kind of weird, right?  It’s actually a creative way to use beautiful paper napkins to create art elements.

Napkin Collage

The materials I used to make the bird piece above  are all available from  (I’m not affiliated, just a fan.)


Paper napkin (Good quality napkins have the prettiest designs, and European ones are gorgeous. This was a piece torn from a European napkin from USArtquest.), Perfect Paper Adhesive (I used the matte version, but there is also a glossy version.), Art Canvas (which are small, 2.5 by 3.5 heavyweight, acid free artboards. Any matboard would work I would think.), 1/2 inch flat paint brush, Crystal Effectz (finer and more iridescent than glitter), Small pointed paintbrush or Q-tips


(I’m sorry I don’t have photos of the steps–I made my piece at the stamp show! It’s really easy, though.)

  • First, choose a napkin and separate the napkin layers. There are usually 3 layers to the napkins, and you only want the top, thin layer. Hint:  Use a tiny piece of painter’s tape to pull the layers apart.
  • Next, tear the section of the napkin to the size you need to cover the matboard, with some overlap. (If you wet the part of the napkin that you want to tear, with either a small, wet paintbrush or wet Q-tip, it will tear easily.) 
  • Paint the matboard with a thin coat of the Perfect Paper Adhesive. 
  • Adhere the napkin layer to the board. 
  • Paint more Perfect Paper Adhesive over the top, working outward from the center and overlapping it to the back of the board, adhering the edges to the back. 
  • While the Perfect Paper Adhesive is still wet, sprinkle a pinch of the Crystal Effectz over the piece.  (You can’t really see it in the photo, but there is a beautiful, golden shimmer from the Crystal Effectz. More subtle than glitter.
  • Mount the piece to a small rectangle of cardstock if you like, or use as is.

As with every project, there are variations. For instance, if you paint your board with a subtle color before adhering the napkins (light backgrounds are better, because the napkins are thin and a little transparent), you can tear out several smaller elements and adhere them to the board, without covering the entire board. Because you are using several pieces of napkin, rather than one larger piece, you will see more of a collage effect.

I’m going to use Christmas napkins to make some Christmas cards with this technique. (Maybe I’ll even start early…)

Other news–My daughter moved into her dorm late last week, and I’m full of happiness for her new adventure, yet missing my buddy terribly. She’s at a local university, though, so it’s really the best of both worlds.  She’s spreading her wings and living independently, but I’ll get to see her more than if she were across the state (or the country!)

Linking to:

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Made by You Monday

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  1. What a neat craft, Pam! Might be a stretch for me to do as I'm not the most crafty person in town. So happy to hear that your daughter is attending college nearby. My oldest daughter goes to college 5 1/2 hours away…and I miss her terribly!

  2. That is so pretty! Thank you for telling us how you did it!

    Awe, I know that you miss your daughter living under the same roof, but such a good way for you both to transition! That is so good that she is still nearby! What a blessing!

    Before I go, I must pin your project! My daughter has been trying to come up with an idea for a Christmas gift to make, and I have a hunch this is going to be just what she is hoping for!

  3. Very interesting technique. I used to be a pretty prolific stamper, but I haven't stamped anything in nearly a year. It's such a fun hobby and you can make so many different projects with it. I need to get back into it or find a new hobby! Thanks for visiting my blog from the Sharefest.

  4. what a wonderful project I love it. I know you will be missing your buddy glad to know she is settling in. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. See you on Wednesday ( early hop this week because of the holiday and a big surprise) ♥

  5. That is such a pretty napkin and a perfect choice for this art piece. I hope your daughter has a great start to her school year and that you get to talk to her all about it really soon.
    Thank you for sharing this art technique with us at the #HomeMattersParty

  6. I didn't know there was a such thing as a rubber stamp event. This looks like a beautiful craft to make. It turned out rather well. Thank you for the tutorial.

  7. I love stamping & papercrafting! This technique is so pretty & the possibilities are endless! #HomeMattersParty

  8. I love napkins! What a great project with a ton of design possibilities! Thanks for sharing and co-hosting at the #HomeMattersParty 🙂

    Life With Lorelai

  9. That is so pretty, and is something I'd love to try. Can you tell me a good place to find unique napkins? Look forward to reading more of your Blog.

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