Date: November 2003
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How-To Books/Making Greetings Cards
Rachel A Hyde
Notes: Christmas, Easter, Valentine and general
By Maruscha Gaasenbeek
& Tine Beauveser
most green of Dutch papercrafts is more popular than ever, as these
two books show. If you haven't bought any of the books yet and are
wondering what it is all about-- or are already a veteran folder--then
these two new titles are what you're looking for.
are wondering what iris folding is: it has nothing to do with the
flowers; it is so- called because the folds resemble the iris of
a camera. In Holland, business envelopes have wonderful patterns
printed inside them and these are split open and cut into strips,
ready for folding. This is a great way of recycling, but in other
countries these papers are nearly always blue and nothing like their
lovely Dutch counterparts. Don't despair, though, as there are plenty
of other pretty papers to recycle - the outsides of some commercial
envelopes, flyers, old wrapping paper, bits left over from other
paper hobbies, wallpaper, etc.
The compendium contains the text and
diagrams (plus three new ones) from three books: Iris Folding with
Envelopes, Festive Iris Folding and Iris Folding for Christmas.
I was pleased to see a whole two-page spread of colored photographs
that show, clearly and in easy steps, how to iris fold. Before this
there are two pages of text, explaining how to do this for the basic
triangle, circle and square, but I found these pages were not needed,
since the diagrams do the explanations far better and this solid
type is very daunting for the beginner.
there is the list of items used (and don't worry if you don't have
them all - as long as you have fancy papers, a craft knife and some
glue or tape then you are away). After that come the patterns and
ideas for the cards, which are lovely, especially as this book is
larger format and those initial step-by-step diagrams are such an
improvement on the originals.
Elegant Iris Folding is a little
more advanced than the earlier books and takes the idea a little
further. Some of the projects use five papers instead of three or
four, and the new packs of iris folding papers (ideal for anybody
short of decorated envelopes) are showcased. There are some lovely
cards in here all shown with lovely toning colors. Make a truly
lovely rose, fancy birthday cake, house for somebody moving, Christmas
tree, bauble and more. This was my favorite book yet and I particularly
like the way the small tree is repeated more than once on a card
used to great effect, also the way in which iris folding is teamed
up with other papercrafts such as Spirelli and stencilling. This
is a very cheap and highly addictive craft with the added bonus
of recycling something that would otherwise get thrown away. Sites
dealing with this hobby are not plentiful and there isn't much you
need to buy which makes a refreshing change.
In the UK, try Cardcraft Plus,Unit 1, Oxheys Industrial Estate,
Greenbank Street, Preston, Lancashire PR1 7PH Tel: (01772) 466157
This company ships worldwide.
In the US /www.stamporium.com
sells templates and booklets
has some helpful diagrams
Or try www.searchpress.com
for a list of suppliers.