Dorothy’s hints & tips
Follow Dorothy’s helpful tips to perfect the iris folding 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.