Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Iris Fold Apple

(If you're looking for my "Jen's Surprise Blog Hop" post please scroll down to the previous post)
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I have a Kraft Journal tutorial for you today.  When I first started making mini albums and cards I scoured the internet for cool ways to embellish and one of the interesting techniques I found was iris folding.  In honor of our back to school theme this week I'm going to show you how to make a simple iris fold apple card.
The pattern I have used comes from circleofcrafters.com.  You can go there and find this freebie as well as many many others.
As you can see from the pattern, the instructions call for three different colors/patterns to make the apple, but I just used red for all of the numbers on mine.

I printed the apple pattern onto Brown Kraft and cut some 1" strips of red cardstock.
Next I scored each strip at 5/8".
I cut away the center portion of the apple on the Kraft and taped it over the pattern.  I also folded each of the red strips and made the folded edge as crisp as possible.
The next step is to start attaching the strips following the numbered pattern and putting the crisp folded edge along the numbered lines.  You trim the strips to fit as you go.
Keep layering, following the pattern and attaching the strips with small pieces of tape.
Here's the almost completed apple from the back.  It's bulky and messy but......
....here's what the front looks like.
And here is the completed card with a Brown Kraft base, a Nestie die mat, and the apple with a stem, leaf, and some faux stitching.  Perfect for a teachers gift.  Hope you'll give it a try.

27 comments:

  1. This is so texturally pleasing to my eye. It has a fantastic kaleidoscope appearance to it. I will have to see what it looks like with 3 colors, but I'm glad you chose only red, that really stands out beautifully H.
    I'm going to the link now...thank you for the morning inspiration. Still wathcing the news and hoping you're doing okay.
    Big hugs to you this morning,
    T

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  2. Ohhh, I see it now. It was variations of red. That was pretty but I like the rich red better. :) Loooove that link...going back now. Thank you!

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  3. Oh, I remember I started from this technique as well )) Your apple look gorgeous!
    Hugs
    Natali

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  4. Wow! This is gorgeous, Tracy! That apple is fabulous! I've only done the iris fold technique one time, for an ornament at Christmas and I remember how fun it was. Thanks for sharing this!
    And I've been thinking about you and hoping you guys are doing well! Got my fingers crossed!

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  5. It's beautiful, Tracy! I haven't done an iris fold in years! Thanks so much for the reminder! I prefer the stem and leaf too! ;o)

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  6. ...woah. That is all I have to say! Awesome Tracy!!! You are a rockstar :)

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  7. Wow Tracy this is amazing! This is really gorgeous.
    Laura xx

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  8. This is fabulous Tracy, it really is an effective design.
    Hugs Sue

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  9. What a cute idea to use iris folding,,,,,what a unique apple.Thanks for your comments to Alice mini album at Lisa S. blog so fee free to ask me your favo product from my stuff on except save-packs , email me to nicecrane@yahoo.com

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  10. Love this, Tracy...but I'm really here to let you know I'm thinking of you, and your family and friends, and praying for God's protection for you, too!

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  11. Thanks for the great tutorial, Tracy! Your apple card is fantastic! Glad the storm hasn't hit you as badly as expected. Still praying for your safety until it's over.

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  12. Fantastic card and tutorial Tracy..Loz

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  13. Love it...thanks for the great tutorial. Stay safe!

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  14. looks great Tracy, love the textured effect.
    Kim x

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  15. How lovely to see an 'old' technique again Tracy! It's been a while since I last practised this, lol (but then again I'm about an age old, so...) Fab back-to-school card! Hugs, Ira
    irascreacorner.blogspot.com

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  16. I've wanted to give iris folding a try. What a sweet card and perfect for teacher!

    Hugs
    Anitra

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  17. First i thought it will be Apple logo... but it's more awesome!

    xoxo, Juliana
    [pjhappies.blogspot.com]

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  18. So cool! Thank you for showing us how to do it.

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  19. Awesome card, thanks for the tutorial!!!

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  20. Okay that is super cool, but wow.... lots of work! :0) Looks wonderful.
    Thankful you are safe and it didn't hit your area very hard. Prayer is amazing I agree!

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  21. Tracy, your iris folding is awesome! Thanks for the tutorial, the apple is very striking! So glad the weather calmed down a bit and you're safe. Hugs

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  22. AWESOME!!!!! and thanks for that wonderful tutorial!

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  23. What a fun apple, Tracy, a perfect apple indeed. this would make a nice coaster for a teacher! Hope your weather is improving. Have a wonderful Thursday!

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