It has been a long time since I have done any iris folding so last week I decided to make a card using that technique. Most of the time when I've done iris folding in the past I've either used plain cardstock or paper with a subtle pattern. This time, I wanted to use the yellow rose paper from the Through the Year paper pack. I carefully selected coordinating iris folding papers from my stash (which is mostly gift wrap). I really liked the way the colors coordinatied and was hoping for a really pretty card, but when I flipped my finished work over, well...
It was less than spectacular (it actually looks better in the photo than in real life). I tried dressing it up a bit with a yellow rose, which probably just made matters worse. The patterned gift wrap competes with the patterned background and your eyes just don't know where to focus. I was really disappointed because I really wanted to use that background paper.
Back to the drawing board. For my second attempt, I decided to go with a more monochromatic theme for the iris. I chose a combination of solid blues with holographic and foil papers. I think it turned out much better.
Once done with the iris folding, I added some sequins, a bow and a greeting. I inked the bow with Huckleberry Fusion to give it a little more texture.
So, the lesson learned from this little experiment is, you can use a busy background with iris folding, but if you do, use un-patterned papers for the iris.
- Cellophane tape
- Journey Craft Glue *
- Journey Foam Squares - Medium *
- Pineapple Smoothie Cardstock *
- Pool Play Cardstock *
- Create a Bow Mini Die Set *
- Hexagons Die Set *
- Journey Sequins Blue Skies *
- Special Day Organza Ribbon *
- Huckleberry Fusion Ink Pad *
- Through the Year Prints Paper Pack *
- Good Stuff Stamp Set (Retired)
- Giftwrap in varying shades of blue