How To'sday | Iris Fold

Today's tutorial by Erica Bass, couldn't have come at a better time. With the holidays right around the corner, this is a perfect tutorial for creating an iris fold ornament card for an exquisite look.

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I'm really excited to share Iris folding with you today. This is one of those techniques that is great on the "wow" factor but actually a lot easier than it looks. My favorite type of technique!


Step 1: First off you will need to have a piece of card stock with a window cut-out of it. You can use a paper punch or an electronic die cutter. I usually make sure I have at least 1/2" of wiggle room because you will need space to glue on the back side of the card stock. Next, cut 4 1" x 12" strips of patterned paper. Cardstock tends to be too heavy for this type of folding.

Step 2: Now score the 1" strips of paper at the 1/2" point lengthwise so it folds in half and creates a nice fold down the center. Once you've created the crease open the paper and glue down the length of the card stock to create a 1/2" x 12" piece of paper. This is done to create a nice folded edge.

Step 3: If you want to stamp the front of your card stock this is when you need to do it. Tape your card stock with the window cut out face down on the iris fold template. Next we will be gluing the paper strips onto the backside. I use something that wont damage my cardstock when I take it off. Painter's tape works well or in this case I used some of my washi tape because it was handy.

Step 4: Determine the length of paper you will need to cover the number 1 spot on the template. Allow about a 1/2" overlap and clip the paper strip as you go. With your glue stick, glue the outside edges of the card stock next to the number 1 on the iris fold template. Then glue down the strip of the first patterned paper. I color coded the iris fold template to correspond with each pattern of paper. Make sure you glue down following the number pattern and use the paper design that goes with the color on the template. So, the number 2 on the template is going to have a different paper glued over it. Same with number 3 and 4. Number 5 however will be the same paper as number 1.

Step 5: When you have finished gluing down the strips, you can choose to glue something down in the center of the square that is left open. Here, I have a patterned paper as my backing so I just left it open. Finally apply foam dot adhesive around the outside corners of the card front to glue to the front of the card. This is necessary because of the bulk of all the layers of paper. Pop-up glue dots would be a good alternative.

Finished card

Dress card with Iris folding

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Erica! I love this and have always wanted to learn how to create this type of fold. Thank you for showing us how to do this.

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Have a great day and I'll see you tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo!

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