I made this card for my Mom for Mother's Day. She's a quilter, and a fan of dragonflies. This card sort of incorporates the two. The dragonfly was cut from the Stamping Cricut cartridge. To give it a "quilty" sort of feel, I added the stitches around the edges with marker. Behind the cut-out, I used a technique called "Iris Folding", where you layer strips of folded paper working from the edges of the design into the center. It sort of gives the paper a quilted look.
You can find out the details of this technique at the bottom of this post. Layering all that folded paper does add a little bulk, but not as much as I feared. I covered the back side (which is on the inside of the card) with the butterfly B&T paper from the Wings Paper Pack. I think the "busy"ness of the paper conceals the thickness of those folds really well. You don't even notice it!
To finish off the front, I made an accordian flower and paired it with some Just Blooms flowers. The tag is something I created using the Unity stamp set for the background and the Tiny Typewriter alphabet to write "Mom".
I wasn't a huge fan of the Wings paper before this, but the green and black seemed perfect for this card.
Info on the Iris Folding Technique follows.
Iris Folding Technique
1. Start by selecting a die cut image to fill with the folding technique. Mine is the dragonfly.
2. Once you know how large a space you are looking to fill, you create an Iris Folding template to guide you in placing your strips of paper. The template can be based on a variety of shapes. I went with a nice easy square. Draw a square large enough to cover your whole image.
6. Time to cut the strips of paper. You'll need strips that are more than twice as wide as the distance you used (1/2") to create the squares. I cut my strips at 1.25", and then folded them in half. The number of strips you'll need will depend on the size of your image.
7. Place your cut-out (front side facing down) on top of your template. Make sure to secure it so it will not move. Work from the outside of your image to the inside, lining up a strip of paper with each of the lines on your template. Cut sections from your strips of paper that are just long enough to cover the cut-out. The folded edge of the strip should face the center of the cut-out. Attach the strips with transparent tape.
8. Continue adding strips of the proper color, working from the outermost edges. Cover the areas marked with one first, then all the twos, then all the threes. In some cases, the section may not show up through your cut-out. You don't need to cover it with a strip of paper in that case.
9. The final piece covers the square in the center. I cut a piece with a dark green butterfly on it and centered that in the opening. Flip it over and see the finished product.