This is the first day of my Easter Mini Series. The technique I used today is called iris folding, and it’s so beautiful. There are lots of videos with great tutorials on Youtube, but I’ll try to explain it with pictures today.
You need a template, which you can find online. Any circle template would work for this design today, but I downloaded the one I used from here.
I trimmed a piece of light blue cardstock down to 5″ x 5″ and sketched out my cave in pencil before cutting it out. I left the sides uncut so I could see how big my final image would be.
I cut a scrap of light green paper to 5″ x 3″ and drew a hill lightly with a pencil before cutting it out. Don’t forget to erase the pencil marks. I taped the grass to the bottom of the blue piece, and laid it over my iris fold template.
I slip my templates into page protectors, so I can use them over again. And you can see in the photo that my template is colored in. That’s not really necessary, but it does keep me from getting lost in the design (which is pretty important when you’re using 5 different papers in the same color!).
I taped my card panel over the template on just one side, so it works like a hinge. You can also see that my cave is a little larger than the template, but we’ll cover that up.
I cut 1″ off from 5 different patterns of 12 x 12 lightweight scrapbook paper, and scored them at 3/4″. Here are all of my papers before I began filling in my template.
I assigned each of my papers to a color in the template, and got started. I found number 1 on my template and the paper I chose to go in that spot. I’ve seen professionals measure and trim each piece, but I’m more of a “grab and tear” kind of girl. I laid the folded edge of the paper on the line of the template, and taped it at either end. Then I moved on to piece 2, and lay the folded edge on the line of the template. I hope this is making sense!
If you feel lost, you can turn over the panel (this is why we only taped it on one side), and see how it looks from the front. Keep adding pieces, working your way around the circle, and skipping numbers if they’re covered by the hill.
Here I’m almost done filling in the design.
The design is finished, except for the center. Traditionally, iris folding has a bright metallic or shiny piece in the center, or eye, but I used a black scrap of paper instead.
I didn’t have the right sentiment, so I created one on my computer. I trimmed it down with my paper trimmer, and cut a small triangle from the end before popping it up on my card with foam tape. I added foam tape to the back of my card panel, and adhered it to a 5 1/2″ square white card base.
I hope you enjoyed my card. I’ll be back soon with another card in the series. Thanks for looking!