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Iris 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.


Iris Folding Technique

Instructions for an Iris Folded Notecard

You will need:

  • 4"x5" piece of colored cardstock.
  • 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.
  • scissors.
  • 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 this page).
  • Cellophane tape
  • 3D foam pads (optional)

Step 1
Cut out an aperture in the colored cardstock.

Step 2
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)

Step 3
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 the card

Step 4
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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