February Iris Folding

I thought you might be interested in seeing the Iris Folding cards I will be offering thru the Bolingbrook Park District on Wednesday evening, January 28th.  If you know of someone who might be interested, or if you might like to try this beautiful art form, check it out at  Iris Paper Folding

Iris Folding 2I love the contrast of the red, black, and gold in this card.  I used red foil, gold foil with a beautiful sheen finish, and red crepe paper.  I also used a simple patterned gold foil that forms a very thin line above the crepe paper folds.   A single rhinestone signifies the center of the heart.  The letters are backed with black foil.  I spattered a bit of red marker on the background and added a single gold foil heart.  The embossed red layer shows up nicely on the black card and is highlighted with 2 small gold hearts and the gold foil message.  This was a fun card.

Iris Folding 1The heart on this card features a silver and pink washi paper, dark pink foil, and light pink washi paper edged in silver foil.  The dark pink foil is very attractive but the camera did not capture it well.  The pink and rose red card is highlighted with designer paper in shades of pink.  Hearts in silver and designer paper surround the featured heart.  I am waiting for a delivery of silver foil Happy Valentines Day messages which will look cute on this card.

Iris Folding 3I thought it would be nice to mix a Happy Birthday card in with the Valentine ones and chose this cute little mouse.  Mr. Mouse is much cuter than depicted by the camera.  Lavender and orchid foils were layered on Mr. Mouse.  Lavender washi and glitter papers were also used.  A silver Happy Birthday message was added and a silver foil present was placed at the fingertips of Mr. Mouse.  Finally, a lavender glitter balloon and 3 eggplant candy dots embellish the card.  Mr. Mouse was layered on eggplant card stock , with wisteria and plum designer paper.  This is a darling card for anyone – adult or child.

If you, or anyone you know, are interested in making these cards, let me know, or check out the Park District link at Iris Paper Folding.

Blessings, Rosemary – 630/759-3089 – paperrose01@aol.com

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