October Iris Folding

First, a bit of history:  “Iris folding is a paper craft technique that involves folding strips of colored paper in such a way to form a design. The center of the design forms an iris — a shape reminiscent of the iris diaphragm of a camera lens.

Iris folding originated in Holland, where early craft persons made their designs using patterned paper cut from the inside of envelopes. Today, crafters use any light weight paper, such as scrapbook paper, origami paper, wrapping paper, the inside of envelopes or pages of magazines. Ribbon is also used.

Iris folding is done with a pattern. The crafter uses the finished product to decorate the front of a greeting card, as a scrapbook embellishment, to decorate an altered book or a mixed media collage, or in various other ways.  Supplies for iris folding include a pattern, strips of colored paper, permanent transparent tape, cutting tools and a temporary tape such as painters tape. The temporary tape is used to hold the pattern in place while the craft person creates the design.

Iris folding patterns are available from booksellers or as downloadable files made available on Internet web sites. Other craft persons doing iris folding create their own patterns.”

092514 – From Wikipedia

For our introduction to Iris Folding, I have chosen two easy seasonal patterns – fall leaves and Christmas stockings hung on the mantel.  Each cutout comes with a pattern.  We will tape our pattern face down on the pattern and simply tape our Iris Folding Material to the cutout.  That’s all it is – cut your material and tape in place, repeat, repeat and repeat.  You just need 1 or 2 good eyes and patience to stick with the pattern.  I will be providing your cutout, pattern, and all the materials needed to make a card just like the one sbelow.  If you are skilled with craft knife cutting, you can make your own cutout. in the future  I, however, prefer purchasing them pre-cut and with the pattern.

Iris Folding fall leaves 1This first card is entitled Falling Leaves.  However, I always forget the leaves are falling and leave them upright.  I can  pretend they are flying through the air on a soft autumn breeze!  I used Hello Honey and Early Espresso ribbon from Stampin’ Up, and an orange foil as my Iris Folding materials.  You can make the leaves different, or the same as I did.  I punched tiny card stock leaves to coordinate with the Iris Folding and mounted the card on Hello Honey variegated DSP, Early Espresso, and Pumpkin Pie. 

 

 

 

Iris Folding MantleThe second card is titled 3 Christmas Stockings and hang from a 4” mantle.  I used brown mulberry paper for the mantle, a red raffia ribbon for the top of the stockings, silver and gold washi foil, red cotton ribbon, and a green pattern washi paper.  The washi papers are very thin, pliable and easy to work with.  I picked up some gold holiday greetings at Memories and Beyond in Downers Grove.  Note the tiny gold stars which were punched from the extra gold foil on the greetings sheet.  A thin gold band also embellishes the top of the Garden Green card.  Real Red card stock and ribbon add to the layered card.  I took a fine Micron pen and drew my stocking holder and bow up to the mantle top.

These cards are beautiful and are easy to make.  Ask Judy or Wanda – they will tell you how much fun it is to make these.  The dates for the Iris Folding classes I am offering are Friday October 17th from 3 – 5 PM and 7 – 9 PM, and Saturday October 18th from 10 AM – 12 N and 1 – 3 PM. As I will need to demonstrate and give verbal instructions, I am giving specific times. I do need a firm commitment for this fun class and will have a sign-up sheet available at the upcoming stamp camp. 

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

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