Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Iris Folding

 This is Katahdin. He was one of the first cards I ever made using Iris Folding. He was also my first cat. A big all-outdoor cat who would eat squirrels (except the tails....because really, who would eat a tail when you can have raw entrails?!?!). I would find big, grey squirrel tails from time to time on the lawn. I never really understood him. But, I knew enough to keep him far away from my Munchkin because, seriously, he tended to Stalk and (obviously) he had an appetite. He ran away this past fall, and I wouldn't be surprised if he had set up his own Squirrel burger cafe somewhere out in the woods behind our house.
I digress: Iris Folding is a craft that on the surface appears to be quite complicated, but when you actually give it a try you realize how very simple it is in reality.  I found this great site with a basic tutorial and free templates here .
For my Munchkins first birthday I made this card:
It's really a lot of fun to make these. All you need is an:
Exacto Knife
Cardstock
Decorative paper (origami paper works well, too) 
Tape 
Template (you can make your own easily enough)

For instructions (with pictures) on how to do a basic template....which will give you an idea on how to do *any* template....click here.
Here is where you can find some free templates (in the center of the page there is a tab for Alphabet templates.....I can really imagine some fun children's room decorations coming out of those). There are some simplistic templates ones here.
Have FUN!! Happy CRAFTING!!

I joined these Linky Parties:
Creative Therapy
Make It Yours Day
Show Us What You're Workin' With
Whatever Goes Wednesday
We Did It Wednesday
Thirfty Thursday
Under $100 Linky Party
Get Your Craft On
Bring in the Spring Blog Party
Thursday's Treasures
Strut Your Stuff
Feature Yourself Friday
Look at Me I'm So Crafty
It's HodgePodge Friday
Frugalicious Friday
I'm a Creative Cat
Weekend Wrap Up Party
Saturday Nite Special
Flaunt It Friday
Check Me Out Saturday
Make It For Monday
Just Something I Whipped Up

37 comments:

  1. This is so beautiful! and you are right, it looks super complicated. But maybe I'll click on some of those links, and give it a try.

    Thank you for linking this to A Little Craft Therapy with Life in the Pitts

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  2. Wow, those are cool, I had to get closer to my screen to take a better look!

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  3. These are amazing. I have never seen anything like this either. Very creative, and unique, and I love it. The butterfly turned out great, and perfect for the spring. Thanks for linking up to my Bring In The spring party!

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  4. Hi ! Stopping by from MBC. Love your blog.

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  5. Beautiful cards! My favorite is the kitty. Thanks for stopping by my blog - following from MBC. - Nikola

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  6. Beautiful! Thanks for the info on Iris folding. Amazingly simple!! wowzers!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  7. Hi thanks for following my blog....following you back! :0)

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  8. Following you back :) Thanks for stopping by my blog at http://preciouscupcakes.blogspot.com

    What an amazing post!!

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  9. That's great. Thanks for sharing!
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  10. Hi, following you from MBC - great blog!
    http://maxwelldesignsblog.blogspot.com

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  11. Mabuhay!
    Following you from MBC!
    Hope you visit and follow my sites too!
    http://www.dangzter.com
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  12. wow, I really like them. I wish I could say I could do as nice a job.

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  13. Those are really awesome!! I'm a new follower from MBC.

    Feel free to stop by! Cars, Trucks and Teething Rings

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  14. Wow - these look so neat and I've never seen this before. Thanks for stopping by my blog - I'm having a crafty link party on Monday & would love if you linked up:)

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  15. What a great art you are doing, I find so beautiful, if I had time I would try it, but I have so much unfinished business that I really do not have the time for now,
    Thanks for the follow, am now following your blog.
    Nathalie

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  16. Wow-- I 've never seen this technique before-- that's awesome! I've only doing scrapbooking as a craft but this looks SO interesting!

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  17. Returning the follow! These are so neat! and look like they are hard to do.

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  18. I've never heard of Iris folding. The results are amazing! I'm going to have to check this out! I love the cat!

    Thanks for linking up to Make it Yours Day!

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  19. These are so unique and wonderful! Adorable! Thank you for bringing your hodgepodge to my party! Hope to see you again.
    ~Gay~
    itsahodgepodgelife.blogspot.com

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  20. I am so inspired by your cards. I must try this technique!!

    Following you from MBC
    Please follow back
    http://shinesknits.blogspot.com/

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  21. Very cute...

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday! Please join me next week for another great party!

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  22. I love the kitty! These are so pretty! I saw your post on Made It Monday.

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  23. Wow that's impressive!

    I would love it if you joined my "Saturday is Crafty Day" party on April 24th! Stop by my blog for details.

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  24. That is so different and unique. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

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  25. I <3 the butterfly card! So cute! Following you! :)

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  26. That butterfly looks so gorgeous! Must give it a go!

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  27. Both projects are cute! I haven't done iris folding in a while. Yours looks GREAT!

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  28. These are so cool - I've never heard of Iris Folding! I'd like to invite you to come plant your creative seeds at my blog party on Fridays: Plant a Punkin Seed at Punkin Seed Productions. Hope to see you there!

    Kristi
    Punkin Seed Productions

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  29. This is awesome! I have always thought this looked too complicated, but now I think I will give it a try! I have a card swap coming up and I may have to make the cat card. Thanks for posting.

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  30. How beautiful. I think it would be comlicated, but I'll take a look at the tutorial. I love the designs you chose and I can even picture this as wall art. Thank you for sharing this great project on the Boardwalk Bragfest!

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  31. Those are really awesome! Thanks for following, following you back from ecomodern mom.

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  32. HI
    I FOUND YOU WHEN I WAS BLOG HOPPING...
    I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD MAKE A CAT IN THOSE LAVENDER COLORS WITH THAT SAME BACKGROUND...I DID NOT SEE AN EMAIL ADDRESS FOR YOU......I KNOW MY LIMITATIONS AND UNLESS SOMEONE WAS SETTING RIGHT BESIDE ME I COULD NOT DO IT. IF IT WAS SOMETHING YOU WOULD BE INTERESTED IN MAKING I WOULD GIVE ONE TO OUR CAT CLINIC TO HANG IN THE FRONT OFFICE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT YOU...HOW TO GET HOLD OF YOU.
    BLESSINGS
    SIMPLY DEBBIE

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  33. Ohhhh, I love that kitty! :>) Those are just beautiful, I've never seen iris folding before. I linked on my weekly roundup - thanks for sharing!

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  34. Thanks for planting your creative seed! I've really got to try this - love it! Come back on Friday and plant more seeds!

    Kristi
    Punkin Seed Productions

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  35. That is really beautiful. So talented! Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft.

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  36. Hello....This is such an interesting technique. I've never heard of Irish folding before. It's so cool.

    Thanks for stopping by and following my blog.

    Tenny at My Crafty Life
    http://createwithtenny.blogspot.com

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