Dorothy’s hints & tips

Fol­low Dorothy’s help­ful tips to per­fect the iris fold­ing tech­nique

Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Knowhow Technique -

Al­ways use thin papers for mak­ing the strips. This will en­sure that you can score and fold a neat edge on each strip, as well as re­duc­ing the bulk of the fi­nal design.

When se­lect­ing papers for iris fold­ing, firstly con­sider choos­ing colours to suit your cho­sen shape. If us­ing dif­fer­ent pat­terned papers in the same colour, en­sure that the pat­terns are con­trast­ing so that the folded strips can be clearly dis­tin­guished from each other. Oth­er­wise, try us­ing dif­fer­ent colours with the same pat­terns or a range of pat­terns in co­or­di­nat­ing colours.

Once you have se­lected and folded your pa­per strips, ar­range them into piles for each dif­fer­ent pat­terned pa­per. Choose an or­der for the papers and stick small pieces of each colour or pat­tern in or­der on your work sur­face as a re­minder of the se­quence that should re­peat.

Trim the folded strips into ap­pro­pri­ate lengths be­fore se­cur­ing them in place to re­duce bulk. Try to avoid at­tach­ing them too close to the edges of the aper­ture panel, as oth­er­wise the tape may be vis­i­ble on the fin­ished card.

Re­mem­ber to trace the pa­per ap­pliqué pieces onto the re­verse side of the pat­terned pa­per so that the shapes are the right way around when cut out and at­tached to the card.

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