Want to give your next card a new look, try Iris Folding. This technique resembles the iris of an eye, or lens of a camera. The patterns appear to be a spiral, however it is made from straight pieces of folded paper. While this is a very old technique it continues to be a favorite in paper crafting and handmade greeting cards today.
History Tidbit: For those of you, who like me love a little bit of trivial history – hence my children half ways to the west coast said “Dad please don’t let Mom stop at another historical marker!”
Iris Folding originated in Holland in the 1700's. Some envelopes in Holland and other European countries used a pattern to make them more secure. Dutch crafters cut the patterned envelopes into small strips, folded them lengthwise and placed them behind cutouts of different shapes to create art.
I mentioned yesterday that the Birthday Basics was one of my favorite Designer Papers, and here it is again today! You might just see it a few more times this month. Love the colors it coordinates with:
- Raspberry Ripple
- Basic Gray
- Bermuda Bay
- Crisp Cantaloupe
- Summer Starfruit.
I almost forgot that I said I would show you how I store my framelits. I want them right at my finger tips when I am working. This is the lid to the Die storage boxes with one of the inserts inside it to old the folders. Works awesome, I got this idea from my demo friend Linda Heller at www.stampingschool.com, She always has amazing ides for stamping and storage.
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