Thursday, July 21, 2011

CS41T Iris Folding Christmas Card

Many years ago, Iris Folding was quite the rage, so were Quilling, Parchment Craft and a few other very tedious paper crafting techniques.  Recently we have seen a resurgence in quilling supplies availability… but, honestly, do you like any of those things?

Today’s challenge for the Creative Sketches Design Team featured a technique:  Iris Folding.  There are a ton of sites which will walk you through the process, including how to make your very own Iris Folding Patterns and/or Templates.  One of my favorites are the Circle of Crafters site which has lots of shape templates, tips, and step by step directions on creating your own templates and patterns.  Another one you are probably more familiar with is the tutorial in the resource center at Splitcoast Stampers for the Iris Folding technique.

For today’s Iris Folding challenge, I made a Christmas Card in Classic colors using the Petal Card Double Punch as a template.  The Petal Card Double Punch creates a tiny pocket, punching and scoring at the same time.   Of course, the pocket is now in my scrap pile, LOL didn’t need that for the Iris Folding technique!CS41T, Sharon Field, Createdbyu, Christmas Cards, Iris Folding, Splitcoast Stampers, technique, template, links, Polar Party, embossing, big shot

One thing good about Iris Folding… it’s a great way to use up some of those old scraps!   In today’s challenge card, I’ve used retired Love Letters Designer Series Papers (DSP) along with some from the color family DSP packs. 

Needed some texture on the background, and Vintage Wallpaper seemed to be just the right touch, surrounding the focal image with lovely embossed texture.CS41T, Sharon Field, Createdbyu, Christmas Cards, Iris Folding, Splitcoast Stampers, technique, template, links, Polar Party, embossing, big shot

LOL… after building the iris on the back of the card, I flipped it over to examine the finished product, and realized the DSP to the right had glaringly white polka dots on it.  Glitter to the rescue… blinged it up to cover up the white dots, and then gave the bling a companion by adding a tiny neutrals button and rhinestone to the iris in the center.CS41T, Sharon Field, Createdbyu, Christmas Cards, Iris Folding, Splitcoast Stampers, technique, template, links, Polar Party, embossing, big shot

Needed a greeting and another way to tie in the bling… Polar Party to the rescue!  Both greeting and tiny wreath were stamped in Garden Green Classic Ink, and then the wreath was colored using Pear Pizzazz and Real Red Stampin’ Write Markers.

As a final touch, narrow Real Red Taffeta Ribbon was tied along the edge of the card front.  Hope you like it!

Today’s challenge actually involved the Iris Folding technique and a card sketch.  CS41T, Sharon Field, Createdbyu, Christmas Cards, Iris Folding, Splitcoast Stampers, technique, template, links, Polar Party, embossing, big shot

It will be interesting to see what the rest of the Creative-Sketches Design Team does with this technique and sketch…LOL, I only did half the challenge (totally forgot about the sketch… oops!)  Hope you’ll join us and play along with this weeks challenge too!

Have you started making your Christmas Cards yet?  If not, now’s the time to choose a design and get started!  I’m scheduling one on one design sessions for August.  In a custom design session, you’ll choose the stamps, card stock, and accessories and I’ll work with you to design your very own personal Christmas Card!  Contact Me to order your supplies and schedule a design session… or use my Online Stampin’ Up! Store to have your product delivered right to your doorstep!

On A Personal Note…

For those who have been following along, we received some really great news yesterday… our son, a member of the USAF has finally returned stateside from “location undisclosed”.  We’re glad so happy to have him back on American soil, even if he’s on his way to Utah’s Hill Air Force Base… vs. Florida!! 

See you tomorrow with something of my own… hope you’ll stop back by to say hello, and I look forward to reading your comments. 

P.S.  I’d like to know… do you enjoy the iris folding technique?



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Terry Molineux said...


First, congrats on your son's return. I rather have him in Utah than overseas....Just think when you go to'll have a place to stay unless he has to stay on base still. But than you'll have even more reason to get to have to see your son!

Love the Iris fold look but I personally have never tried it looks too complicated to me.

Inky Hugs,

Virginia (Sam) Cox said...

Have looked at Iris fold technique many times and now will have to try it. So glad to hear you AF son is "HOME" My grandson just left for TX and I am selfishly hoping he never gets sent to "undisclosed" land. Take care, I know you must be thrilled.
"sam" cox

irishgalkelly said...

Hi Sharon!

I agree with Terry about this Iris fold. It is beautiful, but I've not tried it. It does look like it takes more time than I have. I like the added glitter and bling on your card too. Is it really time to start making our Christmas cards? LOL. With our heat, it is just too hard to think of that time of the year. Today is supposed to be 99 degrees in Ohio!

I'm sure you are thrilled to have you son home in the States! I'm happy for you and thankful for his service to our great country.

lisa808 said...

Great news about your son being safe and 'almost' home.

I've never tried iris folding. Looks nice on your card.

Fabiola said...

oh c'est superbe, biz

zuziqu said...

It must be so nice to have your son back on US soil.

I LOVE Iris Folding! It makes such an impact on your card. I have done a scene with 6 or 7 different Iris Folding patterns on it and it turned out wonderful.

Thanks for all your sharing, it is nice to have such great resources at hand.

Sue Bishop

Sharon said...

So glad your son is back in the good ole USA!!
I have done Iris Folding several times and really loved doing it. Very pretty card!

SherryBee said...

Congraulations, and a SPECIAL THANKS to your precious son for all he does for our country!!!
My AF son is currently in the Reserves section, and just started a 6 month deployment in Qatar. Too far from home, for this momma!!!
Take care.....I know exactly how you feel!
Sherry Bee

Jean Fitch from jlfstudio said...

Hi Miss Sharon,
Doing a happy dance right with you girlfriend! So happy to hear your darling is Stateside. I bet you're sleeping better at night now.

As for folding's the bomb! Love the way you put it all together for the project. Love the tiny wreath too.