Sunday, January 30, 2011

Iris Folding Valentine

I am a huge fan of Iris folding; it looks so complex, but it is actually quite simple. I have used Iris Folding for birthday cards and Christmas Cards, to decorate a house and to gift to a friend. It is definitely a multipurpose kind-o-craft. If you would like to make this heart, you can find a template: HERE and for instructions on how to make your own Iris folding patterns from scratch go HERE. To give you a sense of my process (I made up this pattern above, just to try making my own) here's a little photo recap:

The writing is fairly faint, but you can see the lines and numbers I sketched out. The first part of my project was to make a drawing of a heart and cut it out of cardstock. Then I had to impose a triangle shape over it and, using a ruler, decrease the size of the triangle by 3/4 inch increments. Once that is done, I label each segment with a number and keep track of which paper corresponds to each number (ex: striped paper = numbers 2, 5, 8, 11, 14, 20, 23, etc) to help me keep track of where each paper piece goes. 
Next, you flip the front of the cardstock (the side people will see) over so that is is facedown and you pattern cutout is in it's place in the middle. Using the paper that corresponds to each number, fold the paper and cover each segment, taping them lightly down on either end. Work in a clockwise motion around the pattern. 
You'll be so surprised once you flip it over. They always come out so fantastic!! You'll be getting lots of ooo's and ahhh's over this craft I promise. :-)
Don't you just love the way the paper lays in the pattern. I think it's beautiful!!!

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  1. Very pretty iris folded heart. You will laugh at how I do my iris folding - I have my strips and I just "wing it" - you can imagine that my results aren't always consistent that way... lol.
    Hugs, antonella :-)

  2. Wow!
    I'd love for you to come link up at Inspire Me Mondays @ Singing Three Little Birds!

  3. very lovely layers and patterns.
    speaking of, i think it's time to re-decorate your blog. whaddaya say?

  4. I love it! The results look very stylish.

  5. Would love for you to join us at the Hugs and Kisses Valentine's Party!

  6. This is so totally cool! WOW! The work involved. beautiful job!!!

  7. This is awesome..totally smart did great

  8. Very pretty & I love the colors you chose.

  9. omg that looks so complicated, but look great :)

    Don't forget to link this at our weekly link party every Wednesday,

    thank you,

  10. This is lovely. I am hosting a Giveaway on my blog. Would love for you to stop by. hugs Anu

  11. It is really very pretty. I have never seen this before. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Hi
    Just wanted to let you know that I “ Featured” you on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Blog Hop today for your great project & inspiration! Be sure to grab the “I was featured” on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Button/Code for your sidebar! You deserve it! Thanks so much..If you’re not a follower already we’d love for you to join us...

  13. We are hosting a Valentine linkup party over at Sassy Sites! I would love to have you stop by and link up this Valentine post (and ANY other valentine post you have!) xoxo!!

    <3 Marni

  14. Beautiful card and lovely tutorial. Can I use this in my article about valentine cards. Will link back to you.

  15. Hop on over to the Party! Would love for you to link-up @

    The Treasurista
    Finding and Creating FUN things...

  16. Whoa! That is amazing! I love the texture of the heart.


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