Monday, December 9, 2013

Iris- and Paper-Folding

Here is another craft that is positively gorgeous, but  it is one I personally don't enjoy doing as much as stamping, embossing, die-cutting and the many wonderful techniques we can employ using our products.

This is a 2-1/2" circle punch in the middle of a piece of Whisper White Card Stock.  Traditional Iris-folding technique is so named because it resembles the iris of a camera lens.  We work on the backside of the die-cut or punched out piece. Using a pattern, we basically follow the numbers and lay down folded pieces of four different thin paper (florist foil or gift wrap) to create this image.

A plain circle wouldn't be that interesting, so I added an ornamental corner sticker a piece of red twine and a bow to the creation to make it look like a Christmas Ornament.

I sponged the edges in Real Red and stamped the message in Real Red ink. Then the White piece is mounted on a piece of Real Red Card Stock and a Whisper White base.

This is a Paper-Folded Christmas Tree.  This is created the same exact way as the Iris-folding technique above, but this is design follows a herring bone pattern.  Using gold, silver and green fancy foils and papers, working from the bottom up, the papers are folded on a numbered line in a pattern and it creates this little treasure. The star atop the tree is also die-cut and I've used Champagne Glimmer Paper to "fill" the star and a piece of dark brown paper for the pot.

The outline is created with a non-Stampin' Up framelit. Hard to see in the picture, but I've added a strip of gold foil stickers and the tiny words in gold foil stickers of Merry Christmas.

This card is 5 x 6-1/2", so it's larger than our standard A-2 cards.

Thanks for looking!


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