How to do Iris Folding
Introducing Iris Folding
Iris folding is a simple but compelling paper crafting technique used in creating hand made cards, decorating altered books, as decorative scrapbook elements, as a frame for a small picture, or in any other type of paper crafting.
When creating an iris folded element, the artist arranges strips of folded paper to form a pattern or shape. The middle of the design contain an iris, that is, an unusual shape similar to an eye or the iris of a camera. Usually, the iris is filled with contrasting paper, ribbon or perhaps a small picture. Designs showcasing a picture are excellent additions to a scrapbook layout. The artist may use glitter, beads, jewels, fabric or any other element to further decorate the iris.
This paper craft technique originated in Holland, where artisans often used paper cut from the inside of envelopes. Today, this technique is likely to consist of scrapbook papers, tissue, gift wrap, origami paper, magazine pages or paper cut from the "junk mail" that arrives almost daily. It is also possible to create an eye-catching design consisting solely of ribbon.
Slideshow of Cards Done with Iris FoldingClick thumbnail to view full-size
Patterns for Sale on Amazon
Iris folding is done with a pattern. You can purchase pattern books from Amazon and other booksellers. Many of these books also contain iris folding papers in coordinating colors.
Often, you can find patterns for sale or for free by Googling "iris folding patterns".
You can also, if you dare, draw and create your own patterns. In the cards shown in the slide show, I made the witch and the heart shape pattern myself.
The slideshow contains a number of cards made with the iris folding technique. To scroll through the slide show, simply click on the red arrows.
It depends upon what you are planning on making, of course.
However, these supplies are the basic necessities for doing iris folded projects.
- A pattern, store bought, printed from the computer or hand drawn
- Cardstock or heavy paper for the base
- A selection of light weight papers in colors that work well together. You can use ribbon in lieu of paper, if you choose.
- Single sided sticky tape
- A paper cutter for cutting paper into strips (or cut with scissors if you dare)
- A square of glossy paper or other embellishment to use for the "eye" of the iris.
- Scrapbooking by Design Video Tutorials
Video tutorials and demos of various paper crafting projects and techniques
- iris Folded Projects on Pinterest | 653 Pins
Great examples of iris folding on Pinterest
- the Simplicity of Iris Folding
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- Iris Folding @ CircleOfCrafters.com
Instructions and free printable patterns.
How to do you do Iris Folding?
This is one of those techniques that is so simple to do but difficult to explain in words. Thank goodness for video. I don't have to confuse you dreadfully or painfully bore you by trying to describe how to do this thing.
Please view the video below for a complete demonstration.