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Folding Technique Card
by Judy Headrick
Make a Pretty
Handmade Card using the technique of Iris Folding
Iris folding refers to a technique where folded strips of colored
or patterned paper are layered in a spiral pattern behind an
aperture. It is called Iris Folding because it resembles the iris
of a camera. This project is provided by Judy Headrick of Cards
& Crafts. Thank You, Judy, for sharing this wonderful
project with us.
for an Iris Folded Notecard
You will need:
- 4"x5" piece of colored
- 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" notecard.
- A template or pattern and a craft knife
for cutting an aperture in the colored cardstock. A Coluzzle
or Sizzix works very well for this.
- scraps of decorative paper in various
colors cut in 1" strips and folded in half lengthwise
(some instructions say to cut them into 1"x3"
strips, but I like to leave it in a long strip and then just
cut off the lengths I need as I go.).
- Iris folding template (at the bottom of
- Cellophane tape
- 3D foam pads (optional)
Cut out an aperture in the colored cardstock.
Position the card with the aperture cut-out over one of the iris
folding templates, face down. You will be working on the back side
of the card.
Tape the card to the template using non-permanent tape (Masking
tape works well for this)
Arrange your folded paper strips in the order that you want to
apply them to the card.
Start with #1 on the template:
- Cut a strip so that it is a little wider
than the aperture opening.
- Line up the folded side of the strip with
the inside edge of the area labeled with a "1"
- Tape both ends of the strip to the back of
Using the next color, follow the same
instructions for #2.
Repeat all the way around the aperture, following the numbers and
working inward as you complete each round. Stop when you have the
desired size for the aperture opening.
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