Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Iris "Cheater" Flowers

These cards are inspired by iris folding - and "cheater" patchwork fabrics. You are probably familiar with the papercraft of iris folding - it is delightful, but labour-instensive. Love the look, with the vortex of folded edges in mixed prints. "Cheater" prints are familiar to fabric designers - they are when the illusion of patchwork is created by dropping a selection of mixed prints into the same design.

The mixed prints are visible through the cutouts in the flowers. Here's how:

Just place the mixed-print base layer under the cutout flower, with flower edges aligned and cut-out orientation the same. Sticky pads -  3D Foam Squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L fix the layers together and add dimension.

Here are your free downloads:

The designs are easy enough to cut out by hand, hence the .pdf. You'll need to take some care and use a craft knife plus cutting mat for the iris cut-outs on the flower top. 

If digi-cutting, feel free to tweak the sizes and colours of the design elements. 

The gradient backgrounds and card sentiments are not included in the download - but you have plenty to play with! Enjoy.