The first project I tried out was this iris folded card.
Iris folding is a really old technique, and there are lots of great tutorials and patterns available on the web. This tutorial is a nice explanation of the technique, and this page has a lot of great links to learn more about this technique.
After taking the effort to fold all of the strips of paper, I was inspired to try some different patterns from my collection. This one is a pear pattern from the The Complete Iris Folding Compendium.
I liked this card, but I saw a pattern where the panel was embossed, and I was inspired to emboss the panel first and then rub ink on it. I'm still not sure if this is crazy-cool or just plain crazy, but I like it.
Finally, I made a card using a coffee pot pattern from the The Complete Iris Folding Compendium. I had yet to break out the Mocha Java Remix stamps from Club Scrap, so this was a perfect excuse to get those out. This is probably my favorite card. I love the saying (Retirement: world's longest coffee break), and the colors. Who can resist a coffee stain stamp?
My favorite books for iris folding are by Maruscha Gaasenbeek and Tine Beauveser. Some of them are out of print, and some are still available. It looks like the The Complete Iris Folding Compendium is now available - I may have to get that! (edited: I have it on order! This book combines nine of their books into one volume. It really is an amazing value, and their patterns and ideas are fabulous.)
All paper is from Club Scrap - I raided my scrap drawer, so these are mostly mixed kits.
I'm going to tackle the next project in my kit now!
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