Making cards… with Iris Folding


What is Iris folding?

It’s an Old Dutch technique of arranging little folded strips of coloured paper in a (mostly) circular way over a cut out aperture or frame, kind of like the iris of an eye, sound easy? It is!

There are tutorials available online if you would like to try it, or books of patterns and ideas on Amazon and eBay (probably in your bookshop too, just not in mine).

I love this technique as it uses up all my little scraps of pretty paper from my other card making ventures and needs only that and some tape or glue and you’re good to go!

Usually I look for an interesting shape online, print it out and adjust the size with my scanner to fit the card I want to make. Then I trace it on the back of the cardstock I’m going to be using and cut it out with a scalpel or craft knife. I get my paper scraps together and fold them all BEFORE I start and have a play with the way I want them arranged, then I get out my double sided tape or one of those glue rollers and go around a bit of the edge of my frame, on the back of my cardstock, where I’m going to begin pasting my paper bits down. Use a dry glue as a wet one will just get messy!

Once my frame is covered and looks pretty, I trim down the edges of my paper scraps so there is at least a 1 cm gap of my frame showing all the way around then I sticky tape the entire back of the design to hold everything in place. Card topper made!


I either pop the frame onto the front of a normal card (like the landscape one) or I use a double fold aperture card and stick my design in that (like my kimono card).

kittencrafts_irisbook The landscape design comes from an awesome book I got on Amazon on Iris Folding called, funnily enough, Iris Folding by Michelle Powell. I highly recommend this if you’re staring out with iris folding, as she has some really clever ideas and loads of patterns and even paper to cut up and use!

If you try this technique out, or have used it before, please post some pics so I can see what you’ve been making!

Happy crafting!


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