In our January 2014 Technique Challenge we used strips of paper to make our cards. The strips were in random order however we wanted to use them.
For this month we are going to get specific with those pieces of paper and do Iris Folding. It is not difficult at all to do.
If you use thin paper like washi or origami, then folding the edge over doesn’t make the back of your card very thick when you go to tape it down. If you use regular thickness card stock, then I recommend you not fold it over.
For those not familiar with Iris Folding, you start with a pattern that has been cut out of a piece of paper – like a vase or tea pot or tree, for example. You then layer at least 3 colors of paper across the hole in the paper to form a pattern.
Here are some instructions for Iris Folding:
Here are some links to free patterns to use for your Iris Folding card:
Here are some free templates so you can line up your papers:
Patterns and templates seem to run together here. Keep in mind you can also use your die cuts as patterns and make your Iris Folding card with that. Just lay under your cut-out the pattern on how you plan to lay your paper. You can go from 3 different colors to more depending on what you hope to achieve.
Have fun with this month’s Technique Challenge.