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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Do You Know How To Iris Fold?

Today's share is highlighting a technique called iris folding.  It is a paper folding technique that can create some beautiful cards.  I thought I would share one I made a while ago for one of my daughters.

On this particular card, the iris folding was done to make the dolphin.  I start with a template of a dolphin which I trace and then use my hobby knife to cut out.  The template I happen to use is designed for iris folding therefore it has the pattern on it and tells me how many different colors or styles of paper I need to use.  In this case, it is 4.  The technique is quite easy as it only involves cutting strips of paper (or tearing them), folding them, and using a good tape to secure them down.  The finished product leaves the hole in the center which I chose to leave empty.  Sometimes I put a piece of paper there too or I will use a gem to add a little bling.  Let's take a closer look.

I used a gem to make the eye of this little guy.  In case you are wondering, I used a sticker set I found at a local craft store to make the rest of the outside of the card.  Now your iris fold dolphin will be a little puffy and thick.  I like to adhere mine by using either eyelets or brads.  Then I know they are secure.
I have several different patterns for this technique so you can expect to see it again in the future.  Let me know what you think of it.  I have also done this with left over wrapping paper as well as with ribbon.  

I will be back tomorrow with another card to share with you.  I hope you stop by to see it.  Thank you so much for dropping by today. 

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