Iris Folding Hot-Air Balloon

Hello, crafters!  When was the last time you used the Iris Folding Technique?  It has been a while for me, but I have an example for you today.  This technique was featured as a Technique Lovers’ Challenge on Splitcoaststampers on Monday.  I went through my iris folding designs and selected an Iris Folding Hot-Air Balloon.  This design was more difficult from one’s I’ve tried before.

The iris folding on this card  is the upper part of the balloon.  I wish I could show you the actual design; however, it is copyrighted.  But you can get a sense of the design by the flow of the folded pieces of designer series paper.  An iris folding design includes lines, which represent where the folds go, and numbers (e.g., 1 – 26) within the shape.  Each number represents a fold.

There are four different “patterns” of numbers for this design.  A pattern is the designer paper, specialty paper, card stock, etc., that you chose to use to fold and adhere to the card stock where numbers are located.  For example, Pattern A of this design included the numbers 1, 3, 7, 11, 15, 19 and 23.  I selected a pattern from the Stampin Up Carried Away Designer Series Paper (i.e., the colorful hot-air balloons), cut 1-1/2″ strips of the pattern, folded them in half, placed them over the numbers for Pattern A, and attached them to my card stock that has the outline cutout of the design.  The right side of the balloon is where Pattern A is located.

Pattern B is located where the folds of Mint Macaron paper is located, Pattern C is where the Watermelon Wonder (orange) folds are located, and Pattern D is where the Night of Navy folds are located.  To get a better sense of a design, numbers, and patterns, you can go HERE for numerous pictures.

These are examples of other cards I have created featuring Iris Folding:       


If you have not tried this technique, I encourage you to try it.  It is a lot of fun.  Thanks for stopping in, and I hope you enjoyed your visit!

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Stampin Up Waffle Paper Halloween Card

While attempting to utilize Stampin Up waffle paper, I discovered that it works great for the technique, Iris Folding. I used an Iris Folding pattern to create the large bat on my card, and filled it in with Stampin Up waffle paper, the Basic Black and Metallic Silver. Stampin Up Waffle Paper

I used the fantastic Stampin’ Up! Silver Glass Glitter in the center of the Iris Folding, which creates the “iris”. I love this stuff! Hopefully, you can see it well.
Stampin Up Waffle Paper
Now, let’s peek inside and see what pops up! Be careful that you don’t get scared when you flip the card open!
Stampin Up Waffle Paper


Stampin Up Waffle Paper
Can’t you hear the little ghosts giggling because they scared you!! (hehe)
Let’s take a closer look at them!
Stampin Up Waffle Paper
OK, maybe you didn’t hear my ghost yelling, “Boo”, but I sure did when I was making the card ;-))
I hope you are inspired by the fun that Stampin’ Up! provides us if we allow our creativity to flow naturally!


PAPER: Stampin’ Up! Wicked Fun Specialty Designer Series Paper, Basic Black Cardstock, and Pumpkin Pie Cardstock
STAMP SET: Grateful Thoughts
INK: Basic Gray (very lightly on the ghosts)
ACCESSORIES: Iris Folding Pattern, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black and Metallic Silver Waffle Paper, Stampin’ Up! Silver Glass Glitter, Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin’ Up! Metallic Silver Eyelets, Stampin’ Up! Movers & Shakers Bigz xl Die – Modern Label Punch Window, VersaMark, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Glimmer Brads – Basics, My Digital Studio to create the word “Boo”, The Big Shot, and Original Big Shot Dies
God Bless! Guneaux Designs by Beverly Polen
Stampin’ Up Demonstrator
Firm Reliance on Devine Providence!