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How to make an iris folding card

This is a very long and time consuming project. Patience is essential and you need lots of concentration. I hope you like this guide, it is a pretty good conversation starter and is effective

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First you need to get onto the Internet. Google 'circle of crafters'.

Click on the first link

Click on the first link

It should come up with this

It should come up with this

I'm sorry bout the fuzziness, but it says iris folding

I'm sorry bout the fuzziness, but it says iris folding

Then it takes you here

Then it takes you here

On the right there is a list of iris folding patterns, they are all free

On the right there is a list of iris folding patterns, they are all free

And there is seasonal patterns and free patterns of the month

And there is seasonal patterns and free patterns of the month

Choose the one that sounds the most interesting, for this guide I chose the maple leaf

Choose the one that sounds the most interesting, for this guide I chose the maple leaf

Under the picture it shows supplies and there is a link that says click here to print the free pattern

Under the picture it shows supplies and there is a link that says click here to print the free pattern

Click on that link and it will take you here.

Click on that link and it will take you here.

Press control (ctrl)

Press control (ctrl)

And the letter 'P' at the same time

And the letter 'P' at the same time

Like this

Like this

A window will come up and select the printer you wish to print it to

A window will come up and select the printer you wish to print it to

Then click print

Then click print

When it comes out of the printer is should look like this

When it comes out of the printer is should look like this

Cut it up

Cut it up

Then cut these to bits out, these are the only things you're going to need

Then cut these to bits out, these are the only things you're going to need

Take you patterned paper, mine is homemade marbled paper, you can choose what ever colour you like

Take you patterned paper, mine is homemade marbled paper, you can choose what ever colour you like

Turn you paper over to the white side or the 'back'

Turn you paper over to the white side or the 'back'

Fold the short edge to the other short edge and crease nicely

Fold the short edge to the other short edge and crease nicely

Unfold

Unfold

Turn landscape and turn over

Turn landscape and turn over

Lay your pattern where you want it to be. In my opinion I find it best if you put it in the centre

Lay your pattern where you want it to be. In my opinion I find it best if you put it in the centre

Now trace around the outline

Now trace around the outline

You should get something like that

You should get something like that

Cut it out all the way around

Cut it out all the way around

Fold back over

Fold back over

Get your template

Get your template

And lay it in the cut out shape

And lay it in the cut out shape

Masking tape it down, it's best if you don't use sticky tape, because masking tape won't tear when you take it off

Masking tape it down, it's best if you don't use sticky tape, because masking tape won't tear when you take it off

Open up and your ready to start!

Open up and your ready to start!

Take some paper that you think would be good to use. I chose a variety of browns and yellows, autumn colours

Take some paper that you think would be good to use. I chose a variety of browns and yellows, autumn colours

Narrow it down to three

Narrow it down to three

Take the first one and turn it to the back

Take the first one and turn it to the back

Fold up the bottom

Fold up the bottom

Fold it up about one cm

Fold it up about one cm

Cut after the first 2 sections, as shown

Cut after the first 2 sections, as shown

And you should get this! Put the rest of the paper aside

And you should get this! Put the rest of the paper aside

Fold it over

Fold it over

Now do the same on the next piece

Now do the same on the next piece

Fold it

Fold it

1 cm

1 cm

Fold it a few times

Fold it a few times

Now you should have these two

Now you should have these two

And do the same with the other

And do the same with the other

Get the template/card

Get the template/card

Fold the the right hand side behind

Fold the the right hand side behind

Turn it so that the number one faces you

Turn it so that the number one faces you

Get your first colour

Get your first colour

Fold it so it just is a little bigger than the thing on the template

Fold it so it just is a little bigger than the thing on the template

Cut it

Cut it

Make sure that the folded edge is always facing the 'Iris'

Make sure that the folded edge is always facing the 'Iris'

And tape that down with masking tape

And tape that down with masking tape

Use this as your guide to what colour goes where

Use this as your guide to what colour goes where

Do the same as before

Do the same as before

And again

And again

Now time to do pattern/colour b

Now time to do pattern/colour b

Rotate the card so that the number four is closest to you

Rotate the card so that the number four is closest to you

Stick down the next colour on number four, don't forget to have the folded edge facing the 'Iris'

Stick down the next colour on number four, don't forget to have the folded edge facing the 'Iris'

Do the same

Do the same

And again

And again

That's what it should look like

That's what it should look like

Now for pattern/colour c

Now for pattern/colour c

After a while you should get a few small ones that won't fit the next number space, but DON'T throw them out, they will come in handy later

After a while you should get a few small ones that won't fit the next number space, but DON'T throw them out, they will come in handy later

See, the bottom one in step 70 won't fit number fourteen.

See, the bottom one in step 70 won't fit number fourteen.

So get this back out

So get this back out

And do what you did earlier

And do what you did earlier

Now you can keep going! Until you reach here where those small bits come in handy

Now you can keep going! Until you reach here where those small bits come in handy

Grab the small bits

Grab the small bits

And fit it to the number your up to, if it doesn't fit, don't stress, you can just go back to using the big ones again

And fit it to the number your up to, if it doesn't fit, don't stress, you can just go back to using the big ones again

Even if its a bit big, don't worry, it's good to use these up, so that you don't have to pick up all those tiny bits when you're done!

Even if its a bit big, don't worry, it's good to use these up, so that you don't have to pick up all those tiny bits when you're done!

Now time for the iris

Now time for the iris

Take a different coloured sheet, I would suggest you use a darker colour to the rest of the ones your already using, sorry about this photo, it's actually brown, the lights weren't being helpful...

Take a different coloured sheet, I would suggest you use a darker colour to the rest of the ones your already using, sorry about this photo, it's actually brown, the lights weren't being helpful...

Cut out a corner

Cut out a corner

Cover the iris

Cover the iris

Tape it down, make sure it's secure

Tape it down, make sure it's secure

And if you like you can tape up the rest too!

And if you like you can tape up the rest too!

Don't forget to take off the template!!

Don't forget to take off the template!!

Start to unstick it, be careful to not tear the paper

Start to unstick it, be careful to not tear the paper

Take it off all the way

Take it off all the way

And there you have it! An almost finished iris folded card!!

And there you have it! An almost finished iris folded card!!

Don't forget about the inside,

Don't forget about the inside,

Just get some paper larger than the card

Just get some paper larger than the card

And get some glue

And get some glue

Glue the paper

Glue the paper

And stick it down!

And stick it down!

There you go!

There you go!

(This is optional) you can cut off the excess white

(This is optional) you can cut off the excess white

Tada!!!!! A finished card!

  • Internet
  • Printer
  • Pencil
  • 4.0 Pieces of paper, patterned A4
  • Masking Tape
  • Craft Knife/Scissors
  • Glue