Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Beaded Napkin Cards

Georgias Class Sample Back in the early days of our Pennywise Arts Yahoo Group, we hosted weekly online classes where members shared all kinds of wonderfully beadie ideas with the other community members.  Class nights were something I always looked forward to.  They were special.  The energy around the project, the class, the group,…. it was so electrifying and inspiring!  

There was something about knowing that a group of other crafters were with you in spirit, in real time, at that very moment.  Run into a snafu?  Got a question?  Just ask it at the group site and instant feedback and encouragement could be received.  Additionally there were several funny stories related during classes too,… there was the poor gal who tripped over a power cord and spilled all her beads on the floor, and the lady who who accidentally spilled beads over her husband’s chicken dinner and he ate it anyway, and the ever popular woman who laughed so hard she fell off her chair and had to go to the hospital for an appendectomy,….  Ü  It was one of those “you had to be there” moments.

I have over 273 class files on my home computer.  Yes, that is two HUNDRED and seventy three.  Wowza!!   As I go through my files I plan to share those classes here on the blog and hopefully inspire a reawakening of some really great projects.  Our website archives contain 54 of these classes and I’ll be throwing some of those in as well.

Today I want to feature this easy card by Georgia Wood.  I miss Georgia.  That gal has a most wicked sense of humor!  Talk about witty and fun – time spent with Georgia was never dull!  From her “I hate basketball” hotel room shoebox party in Seattle, to a group “day trip” to Alaska, Georgia never ceased to keep me on my toes.  So fun loving and spontaneous, even “Flat Kat” found herself in unexpected places and pictures whenever Georgia was around!

If you ever happen to be in Roswell, New Mexico attending a wedding ceremony officiated by a very, very  tall alien,…. well, please give Georgia a hug from me!  Ü

Beaded Napkin Cards

Georgias Class Sample

by Georgia Wood

Supply List:
Decorative 2 or 3 ply paper napkins, luncheon or dinner size. Floral or a design/style you like.
Roll of clear plastic wrap, any brand.
Several sheets of white tissue paper.
Cardstock, white or a color to compliment your napkins, cut and folded to card size.
Pennywise Arts brand micro beads, clear unless you want to intensify a napkin color.
For this project you will also need your iron and ironing board. The iron will be used NO steam, so you might want to empty the water prior to class.


Step 1
Open and press your decorative napkin. Your ironing board can be your 'work station' for this project.


Step 2
Peel away the extra layers of the napkin, you will only use the decorative layer on the card. You can use the excess layers to protect your ironing board.


Step 3
Place your blank folded card on the piece of tissue paper. Lay the napkin over the card and move it around until you find a positioning that pleases you.


Step 4
Trim the napkin but make sure there is enough 'margin' to allow for slippage.  As you can 'rough trim'  the napkin, it is not necessary to pick it up. You can do the trimming with it laying in position on your folded cardstock.


Step 5
Place a piece of plastic wrap between the napkin and the card.


Step 6
Lay a piece of tissue paper over the napkin. I used the excess layers of the napkin as tissue paper.

Step 7
Press firmly on the iron. You want the heat to go through the protective tissue paper, the decorative napkin layer,  and fuse the plastic wrap to both the decorative napkin and the card.


 Step 8
Pressing over, let it set a minute before handling.

Step 9
Now that it's cool and bonded, you can pick the entire unit up for trimming.

Step 10
Turn the unit over so you will be looking at the back of the card while trimming.

Step 11
Trim all the excess layers at one time, following the edge of the back side of the folded card.   Use scissors that do not have any tape or other residue gummed to them! You will be removing 4 excess layers of material at one time.

Step 12
Your basic card is now finished. On to beading it!

Step 13
Stamp a sentiment if desired.


This tutorial was a wonderful walk down memory lane for me.  I even recall that we hosted a huge napkin swap on the PWA Yahoo Group after this class so that we would all have tons of new napkins to create with!

Here are some cards made by several of our members at the time!

Evelyn Spikes 

Diane Martin aka Fly Di

Darlene LeMar


Glenna Schuchman


Diane Martin aka Fly Di



Jean Marchand


Pam Fuda

Janeen DeGeorge


Diane Raschal aka Inky Di


Suzanne's Cherries sm

For the Beaded Cherry card that was created by Suzanne Glazier:   Cover the entire card front with O'So Sticky Tape from and peel off the top liner.  Add the stamped sentiment bordered in red paper and then press the entire card face down into clear micro bead.  Complete with a red ribbon and bow!

Stamp Credit:  Close To My Heart

1 comment:

  1. I always think of Georgia whenever I see a ferret or skunk--in a very nice way of course. I loved her stories about her pets. I wonder what pets she has now. Darlene


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