IRIS FOLDING–4-Color Heart Triple

Welcome to Iris Folding where we work with origami and washi papers from Japan.  The only stamping we will do in our January Iris Folding class is the message.  We will use Stampin’Up card stock for the actual card and layers but these beautiful Japanese papers along with snips and tape will do the rest.

Iris Folding Valentine 1The first card for our January 16 and 18 workshop is titled  4-Color Heart Triple. I trimmed the pre-cut Iris Folding cs to allow for a black and a gold frame.  I used the SU retired Love Note border die on the right side of the card and added a gold strip to my message layer to carry the gold theme throughout the card.  3 SU gold metallic pearls were also used.  Note the use of peel-off stickers for the sentiment and the row of hearts at the bottom of the card.Iris Folding Valentine CloseThis is is a closeup of the finished iris folding.  Note the use of 4 papers – a crinkled gold, a red and gold, a red and white, and a red foil.  The red foil is actually florist foil used to wrap plant containers.  The crinkled gold is a beautiful soft paper and costs $1 per 6X6 sheet.  The red and gold comes from one of my favorite Japanese companies and costs $3 per sheet.  I did note that Target carries some origami papers as does Amazon.   

Iris folding is not about making an iris but rather 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.  The photographic lens in a camera is called an iris diaphragm.

If you have an interest in learning this technique, I hope you can come to one of the iris folding classes scheduled for January 16 (11AM – 4 PM) and January 18 (9AM – 4PM). There is a limit of 5 attendees for each day.  The cost is $9 for 2 cards, and all supplies and tools will be provided.  Please feel free to bring a snack.  As always, we will have an assortment of beverages. 

Next, I will be posting the birthday card planned for the iris folding classes.  Please let me know if you plan on attending.  I will only cut paper for those who let me know in advance that they will be coming.  The better Japanese papers are expensive and I cannot easily reuse them for other projects the way I use extra SU card stock.

As a reminder, our regular Stamp Camp is scheduled for February 6, 7, and 8!  New stamps, dies and ideas!

Blessings, Rosemary – (h)630.759.3089 – (c)630,965,1965 – paperrose01@aol.com

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