Year: 2019

Party napkins

Elegant party napkins, with happy, bright colours

Shout out to all party organisers, and social butterflies ! The party season is here & the following section is a reminder that our constantly expanding range of portfolio also includes paper napkins for parties & special occasions!

Here, at the Napkinshop, we have built up a long history of providing a wide range of paper napkins, decoupage papers, and rice papers for the creative community, and decoupage fans for their artsy-craftsy purposes…

However, there are so many parties and special occasions, when one would simply want to use paper napkins for their most obviously intended one-off purposes.

Summer theme garden party napkins

With a tiny bit of creativity, and attention, Paper napkins can serve a crucial part of the table decor, and colour scheme, before the well fed, and happy mouths get wiped into them.

Organising a party or event, requires attention to details, and there are so many considerations to take into account. Having organised so many events ourselves, we understand, that paper napkins for parties should not only look great, so they elevate, and brighten the special occasion from a decorative perspective, but they should also be affordable, so it serves the purpose for their originally intended one-off use, well.

Elegant table decor and party napkins, for an adult birthday party, or graduation

Paper napkins are such an essential part for any party – be it birthday, wedding, engagement, anniversary, Christening, Christmas, Easter, Halloween party, or Mothers day – and yet, they don’t have to be boring!

A well chosen theme, and colour scheme of quality serviettes can make such a great impact on the guests and set the mood for a fantastic event! So let’s get browsing, and see how you can add a little colour, love, and thought to your special event!

We have gathered our favourite party designs around the different themes, that we recommend for each type of party:

Wedding party napkins

Birthdays & Milestone Birthdays party napkins

Hen & Bachelor party / Bridal shower party napkins

Engagement party napkins

Anniversary party napkins

Baby Shower & New Baby & Baby Gender Reveal party napkins

Christening / Other religious occassions party napkins

Christmas party napkins

Easter party napkins

Mothers day party napkins

Valentines Day party napkins

Wedding Party Napkin
Wedding Party Napkin

What is the Mirror Mist?

With the help of the mirror mist , we can create perfectly reflective surfaces – like a mirror – on any smooth, and transparent surfaces like a glass, or Clarity Acrylic Pieces of any shape – be it straight, flat, structured, or rounded like christmas tree ornaments.

There are two types of mirror mists, one of them is intended for glass, the other one is for plastic surfaces only. It is important not to mix the two types and use each of them on the appropriate and transparent surfaces.

Mirror Mist on glass

How to use the Mirror Mists?

Always shake up the container, with the paint thoroughly before each use.

As it is a mist, there will be a spray head included to be screwed tightly on top of the container.

Once the paint is prepared, the surface may also require few basic steps, such as cleaning the glass surface with alcohol, to remove any grease residue, or the removal of any protective plastic layers from the Clarity Acrylic pieces.

Spray several layers of the mirror mist on the relevant surfaces, these can be repeated after each layer is fully dried, so the coverage is thorough and dense enough. The drying process can be speeded up using a hair dryer, and we will see the paint becoming shinier and the reflections clearer as it dries.

Mirror Mist on glass and plastic surfaces

Once we have finished with the layering and the drying of the Mirror Mist, we can add one layer of black acrylic paint on top of the Mirror Mist layer – so the reflective effect is enhanced even more.

For a semi gloss effect, we can also apply a Semi Gloss Varnish Mist at the end.

The Mirror Mist can also be used with Stencil technique, to achieve the reflective surface showing only on certain patterns.

Alternatively, it can also be used with standard decoupage technique, if we are only applying the Mirror Mist as very thin, and partial coverage. Partial reflections will still shine through on the front side, once we have applied napkin tissue, or rice paper one the back of the item.

All in all, the Mirror Mist is a great material and technique to add variety, creativity and a new edge to our decoupage crafts! Take a look at the 3 products below, and a great little video below for some visual guidance, further ideas, and to demonstrate how to use the Mirror Mists !

What is a stencil?

Stencil, or stencil plate is a sheet of waterproof material – most often plastic, but can also be paper, cardboard, rubber, metal, or wood – of which, certain patterns or designs are cut out from.

Once the sheet is laid flat on the surface of the item we wish to decorate, using acrylic paint, paint spray, or different pastes, to pain over. The colour or paste will pass through the perforations, leaving the desired patterns behind, after carefully removing the stencil plate.

As stencils can me made from a number of different materials, they also vary in their thickness. From simple thin, paper based stencils using paint, creating flat surfaces, to thicker stencils using thicker pastes, that will create 3D effect patterns that stick out from the surface.

Apart from the actual material, and thickness of the stencil plate itself, it is also possible to transfer the designs on a variety of different materials, such as, wood, paper, metal, wall, and even textile. Here is a great example and wonderful design on textile.

A great advantage of stencils, is that the plates can be reused on the same surface to extend on the repeating patterns, for example as a lace pattern would repeat itself. It can of course also be reused endlessly from time to time on different craft projects, as long as the plates are kept clean after every use, and the patterns remain intact.

The number of pre-cut stencil patterns and designs available is simply staggering. Thus, are proud to have an impressive variety available here at NapkinShop to browse from, for those who like to use this technique, or are fairly new to. However, with plenty of time and patience, and quite a bit of handicraft, it is also possible to create own designs. Using some sort of resilient & fairly transparent sheet, the desired design can be drawn over, and the accurately cut out with a sharp blade.

Here is a Youtube video, demonstrating the stencil technique, whilst up-cycling an old kitchen furniture. (Try adding on subtitles under the cog icon, in the bottom right-hand corner of the video)