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This is what is called Iris Folding. This time I did it with ribbon. Most of the time when I do it I use paper lightweight such as origami papers, scrapbook papers or wrapping papers give very satisfying results when used with the technique. I know you can find all kinds of patterns on the internet. The first thing you need to do is find a pattern, there are so many out there, I’m sure you will have no problem. Once you have a pattern.
1. Need to prepare your card stock opening. By that I mean you need to trace the pattern on to you card stock on the wrong side if you have a wrong side. Then you need to cut just the frame of the pattern out. See how I just cut out the frame of the tree?
What I did was take a piece of card board about 5” by 7” and wrapped a piece of wax paper around it. Just to have a work surface. It depends on the size of your project. You need to use removable tape.
2. Using removable tape, tape card stock face down to your pattern along one side (you will be working on the wrong side). You’ll want to be able to flip the card stock up to check your work.
3. Now when you use ribbon you do not need to do the folding. Now at this point you are using regular tape and taping down each strip of paper (making sure you can not see the tape on the other side) as you apply it to the pattern. But with the papers you need to make sure that the folded edges of each strip is toward the center, tape the paper strips in the opening beginning at an outer edge. Depending on the look you’re after or the number of scraps you have, you may choose to ignore the dotted lines in the pattern resulting in wider strips.
4. Continue layering your strips until the desired opening is left.
5. Cover the remaining open space with a final paper piece or photo.
6. When you are absolutely sure you’re finished, you may choose to cover the entire back of your piece with lightweight packing tape to reduce the bulk somewhat. That is what I do and it all stays together very well. After that you will be unable to change your project.
7. Now you can apply you design to a card front or a scrapbook page. pr even frame it.
What is so nice about Iris folding is the number of different papers you can use and the order in which you place them is up to you, but be forewarned-experimenting with different designs and their placement is totally addictive- and a lot of fun!
I do have more information I would like to share with you but I do not want to get way over your heads and loose you on this.
Thanks for stopping. Happy Crafting.
Hugs, Patricia ♥ ♥ ♥