Monday, December 27, 2021

Iris Fold Ornament from Snippets (aka Scraps)

Hello, everyone!  Happy Holidays!  Today I'm sharing an iris fold card.  This was the first cardmaking technique I learned many years ago.  I decided to revisit it today to bring back happy memories of the fun cardmaking classes I attended in the good ol' days.  

When I learned iris folding, we were encouraged to save scraps of wrapping paper, patterned envelopes, etc., so I've done that over the years and it's what I've used on today's card.  Actually, everything on today's card was a scrap (also known as snippet).  Here are the patterned envelopes I used; they all arrived in the mail at some point, probably containing bills:

Below is my ornament card.  The red iris is a tiny scrap of leftover wrapping paper.  The bow and word die-cuts were made from a scrap of red glitter cardstock.  The top of the ornament was a tiny scrap of gold glitter cardstock, and the pine bough was a leftover, already die-cut for a previous project but never used.  I love how my card turned out and it brought back happy memories of learning how to make cards!

Dies:  Poppystamps Lovely Gift Bow, Poppystamps Merry Ornament (snipped off the ornament); Impression Obsession Pine Branch, Nellie's Multi-Frame Circle
Embossing folder:  Die'sire Embossalicious Let it Snow

I was inspired by the following 10 challenges:
  1. Allsorts 655 Anything Winter 1/3
  2. Ally's Angels 53 AG 1/3
  3. Cardz TV 156 AG 1/3
  4. DL.ART December Linky AG UE
  5. Pixie's Snippets Playground 418 Special Theme Christmas and/or New Year  (Di requested clever or thoughtful use of snippets and this is what I came up with - I hope you like it, Di!)
  6. Poppystamps PSC87 Happy Holly Days 1/3
  7. The UnstampaBelles 118 The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Keep it Simple 1/4 
  8. Tuesday Morning Sketches Annual Anything Goes UE
  9. Wednesday's Creative Inspirations December Christmas Time UE
  10. Word Art Wednesday 523-524 AG w Uplifting Sentiment Wk1 1/5
Thank you for looking at my card!  Wishing you a joyful day!


DIANA L. said...

This is just beautiful I love this fold I have made them many times and even though they take a long time. I think the ahhhhh!!! factor is worth it.
Thank you for joining the DL.ART December 2021 Linky challenge. Have a blessed day

Alyson Mayo said...

Kitty, I love making IRIS folded images and your idea to use patterns from envelopes is brilliant! The patterns are just large enough to be recognized but not so large as to be lost in the design. Your card is beautiful!

Cindy Groh said...

I love the iris folding. It's a long process but looks so good.

Liz said...

This is beautiful, Kitty. I think I need to start saving old envelopes again. xx

Tammy L said...

Wow! This is a fabulous card. Really well done. Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.
--Tammy DT

brenda said...

A stylish card and ingenious re-cycling, many thanks for sharing with us and joining in with our 'Winter' theme at Allsorts challenge.

B x

Pauline C said...

Fantastic iris folding technique and well done with the recycling. Thankyou for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge this week xx

Barbara Godden said...

Oh my gosh this is just gorgeous, who would know they are from bill envelopes. I haven't done iris folding for years. A long time ago I helped teach a group of grade 7 girls and boys iris folding, the cards were sent to the troops and one made it back to the teacher.

Gail said...

very lovely - I* was on a roll one time with using this fold and still have many STRIPS stored somewhere - beautiful ornament - you did a great job and love that bow glittering! So festive and fun and cool - TFS

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

WOW wow wow!!!! I'm speechless, Kitty!! This ornament looks just AWESOME!! You not only had a brilliant idea with the iris folding technique, but also used the recycled envelopes!! I have some in my stash too, as I love the delicate grey patterns! LOVE how the iris folding looks with the shining red centre and the glittered bow! The pine bough is just perfect to match the bauble!! I have never tried the iris technique, you have inspire me!
Hope you have had lovely holidays! Sending biggest heartfelt hugs and my best wishes for the New Year!!
Love and peace!

terrie said...

Well done Kitty on your Iris Folding ornament...using what you have in your stash is even better.
Funny thing is my first Iris Folding was a circle and I also used the inside of envelopes for my strips...
Thanks for sharing it.
Happy Healthy New Year to you and your love ones.

Sue McRae said...

Love this festive card and the fabulous recycling of envelopes in your design! Thanks for playing along with us at Poppystamps!

Sarn said...

WOW - a super card for using up snippets and recycling. Very clever.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Jeanne J. said...

Honestly if you didn't include that photo of the envelopes I'm not sure if I would have believed that you used scraps. This card is so pretty and elegant you clever girl!

Donna said...

This is an amazing card I like the iris folding and your pops of color. So beautiful and striking! Happy New Year dear friend!

Di said...

Gasp! I adore this card Kitty - a stunning make and (Len's accolade) worthy of any card shop!! Love it!!


Di xx

Fikreta said...

Wonderful card!
I never made card like that !

Andrea W said...

Wow! I never thought about saving security envelopes to use on a card. The ones you used have really cool patterns. Your card turned out beautiful!

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. Wishing you many blessing in 2022!

Lena said...

This look fabulous Kitty. I have a few of these patterns but have never tried them before. Thank you for the awesome inspiration. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you and yours a very blessed 2022!

Debbie said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I have wanted to try this technique forever and this card is wonderful inspiration, so I just might. :)
Thanks for playing along this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches
Debbie - TMS DT
Debbie's Dash of This and That

Dale Tiernan said...

Great job on the iris folding. The pops of red are very effective.
Dale (DT at Unstampabelles)

Debi said...

Hey, GF. Happy New Year! Glad you found time to play! I used to have a large file folder of envelopes for iris folding. I wonder where it is. Ever take an ink pad and go over the envelope's geometric design for a bit of a change from black and white? Good luck!! Hope you'll make Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge one of your favorites in the coming year. Debi

Jo Ann said...

Hi there, Kitty! Just want to say Thank you for leaving such a great comment and encouragement on my Blog when you participated at the WAW Blog Hop and so glad you were blessed by what you read in my devotional. People of God should be bold and intentional in speaking the truth these days as we have the wisdom that this world no longer possess because of deception. For as long as we have breath, God wanted us to continue to be salt and light of this world. Let us continue to live by the purpose God created us for.

Anyway, using mail envelopes to create an iris fold card is very clever. I haven't thought of that at all. It made that embellishment so unique. Great job! We appreciate you joining our Inspirational/Anything Goes Challenge at Word Art Wednesday and hope you had a great start for the New Year! Leaving you with God's Word from Psalm 27:4-5 which says, "One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock."

Have a great week,

J. Atterbury Creations

KraftyKoolKat said...

Happy New Year Kitty. This is so lovely, it was the first technique I learnt as well!! Sorry I haven't been commenting on your cards, I have just got back this evening from 12 days away. Any posts that have appeared on my blog have been scheduled.

Granmargaret said...

Lovely card. Thank you for your comments on my blog.
Re the Stampers Delight monthly challenge with free digi. see the instructions at the start of the January challenge.
For help contact Wendy Batchen in the Stampers Delight group. If you click on my message to the group with my card you can find me on facebook and send me a friend request
Happy New Year

Wendy Ann Batchen said...

Hi KT Fit Kitty, I have just joined your blog. I have heard from Margaret Ashby that you are looking for a new Progressive Challenge to join. Stampers Delights have one that begins on the 1st of each month. The image will be free for the first time you join and then consecutive month images will always be free provided you create a project using the image each month. I hope this makes sense. If you would like more information please contact me through my Facebook page or message me Alternatively, you can email me at, hope to hear from you soon :P

Dotty Jo said...

Stunning folding - looks great, Jo x

Suzanne H said...

Congrats on your top pick with this card at Pixie Snippets. Well deserved! you are so clever to save the envelopes for the inside pattern. I don't ever even look at the inside of the envelopes. But now I will!!!

Chandhini said...

I haven't heard of iris folding technique. Your card has turned out great. Good to know you had fun revisiting old techniques.