Monday, June 15, 2020

Merry Christmas - Iris Folding

It's time for a biweekly visit to the Double Trouble Blog - Challenge #59, We are partnering with the Retro Rubber Stamp Challenge #137. To play along with both challenges, you are required to use a stamp - it may be rubber or clear but it must be at least one year old and identified in your blog post. Digital images are not permitted for this challenge.
I used an Iris Folding technique to create a triangular image using five patterned papers. Using the sketch, which I reversed, I added patterned paper to the right one-third of the card and then added the tree with foam tape. The snowflakes were stamped and embossed with gold EP for a bit of sparkle. (The snowflake stamps are from 2014.) Part of the sentiment was stamped and embossed. The word "Joy" was die cut and adhered to complete the sentiment. The star was punched and added to the treetop. The inside was decorated with coordinating cardstock and stamped, embossed snowflakes.
                                Original                           Flipped
Note: Although this is known as Iris Folding, I did not use origami paper, but rather heavier patterned paper, meaning the paper strips were not folded and only a single thickness was used. Click HERE for a tutorial. 
In addition to the aforementioned challenges, I found another that interested me, therefore, I am adding this card to Papercraft Challenges #59. Their theme is Geometric.

For details on joining these challenges, visit the PC59,  DTC59 and Retro Rubber #137 blogs. You'll be glad you did! 

Stamps: Stampendous "Build a Snowman" (snowflakes) & Stampin' Up! "Endless Wishes" (part of sentiment)
Ink: Versamark
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Gold
Patterned Paper: Dare 2B Artzy "Snow Much Fun" Collection
Die: RCD (Joy - part of sentiment)
Punch: Stampin' Up! (star)
Misc: Embossing Powders - Recollections Gold Glitter & Stampin' Up! White, foam tape & embellishments from stash 


  1. Great Iris folding of your tree and your choice of a lot of design papers chosen... lovely. Background is perfect and like how you brought some of the same paper along the border.

  2. I love how you flipped the sketch, Melanie! And you put so much work into that Christmas tree - it's beautiful! I love how you pulled it all together for the challenges :)

  3. Terrific iris folding inside the tree - and who doesn't need an early start to create Christmas cards! Love the coordinating papers and colours :)

  4. Love, love, LOVE your holiday card, Melanie!!!! The iris fold is such a great technique for the tree!!! Gonna remember this inspiration card when I get serious about making my holiday cards this year!!! -Donna

  5. So pretty!!! Love your design, great mix of colors and papers! :)

  6. That is a beautiful combination of Christmas prints for your tree, and it looks so pretty on the white/gold background paper. Good example of flipping the sketch too!

  7. I love iris folding! It was one of the first techniques I ever learned when I started card making! Your card is fabulous, and especially your tree! Cute sentiment too! I'm enjoying being your Crazy Cousin!

  8. This is beautiful! What a great way to interpret the sketch...your iris-folded tree is stunning! Thanks for playing along with our Retro Rubber challenge this week!

  9. Oh my gosh!! what an amazing technique you used to create your Christmas Tree, it's indeed stunning.
    Thank you for playing along with us at RETRO RUBBER.

  10. Nice Christmas card, love your take on the sketch. Thanks for playing along with Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.

  11. Hey there!
    Thanks so much for joining our Papercraft-Challenge, make sure to come back soon and play along with our new challenge aswell =)
    I’d be super excited if you come say hi on my blog aswell!
    Hugs, Lia