I first saw these cards last year, and thought they were simply wonderful! The folded paper creates such an interesting design. Just last month, the ladies that introduced our quilt group to this had a program on how to do them. I still love this idea, and wanted to share the process with you. This card was made by Robbie, beautiful!
So, here is what you need. First, the ideal paper is wrapping paper as it is thin and easy to fold. There is a lot of build up of layers on the backside, so you want to have thin paper. So, cut some strips about an inch wide of the colors you want to use. You’ll need a pattern too. Cut out the shape of the tree using the pattern on plain cardstock.
Fold your strips in half lengthwise. You can do this all at once, or as you go.
Then place the card base over the pattern so you can see where to place your strips.
Robbie said to make a master cue card with the numbers of the strips by color to be sure you got the colors in the right place. But, I figured it would be easier just to color the pattern with color pencils. So I did that.
Instead of having the colors in quadrants, I wanted to mix them up. The number one is white, so I started with taping down a white strip. Use the bare minimum of tape to reduce the bulk. Line up the fold of the paper strip with the line.
Strip number 2 is red to the left, so that strip is placed next with the fold on the line. Cut off any excess.
Continue going around the edge, according to the numbers, placing your colors as you have planned. It will be a bit of a mess on the back, but that won’t matter.
Turn it over, and voila, an iris folded center! The very middle and the square underneath still has no paper behind. The tree base has a pattern for strips, and the center could have one of the colors already used. But I liked the green striped background paper so I left it to show in both the center and the square.
Mount the iris folded piece on the base with double sided tape.
I don’t know if I have a little star in the stamping stuff, will have to look before I send these out. If not, I have a start stamp I can use with some gold ink. They are all ready for a stamped verse inside.
Here is a close up of Robbie’s card.
And just so you can see the other cards made by the committee last year, here is a Sunbonnet Sue. Perfect for sending to a quilter! This one went to a quilter friend last year that needed a bit of cheer.
And I have this purple tulip in the sewing room. I can’t let my MIL see it or she will want it, LOL!! But my sewing room is done in purple and green, so I have to keep it. I still need to frame it, maybe I’ll get to that now that I have shared it with you. The various greens in the leaves made them look almost real.
There are dozens of free patterns on the website that created this idea. Circle of Crafters has free patterns and tutorials for all kinds of cards for holidays, or any occasion. (no affiliation, just a fan) Look at the right sidebar for lists of collections, and free patterns for all kinds of needs.
OK, so one more. I colored the pattern with pencils again, this time in bands of color.
A few folded papers and a little tape, the same method as above. It really didn’t take as long as it looks!
What do you think of these cards? Do you think you’ll try this technique?
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