I’ve occasionally muted ideas of how to use the Cricut electronic cutting machines for cutting apertures for techniques such as Iris Folding so this post is dedicated to that concept.
The design was fairly simple to put together. It uses some fairly basic shapes and a pre-designed sentiment. Here is a look at the design in the Cricut Craft Room.
As you can see, I designed it as though I was working with layers of cardstock so that I could see if it all worked as a finished design. Here is a breakdown of the layers and the designs that I used.
Layer 1 – The square background was from the “Love Mini Book” collection and was set 7.5 inches square.
Layer 2 – The second square was the same shape as for layer 1 but set to 7 inches. The 4 segments that would cut the apertures came from the “The First Few Years” collection and it was the “Bird” key using the Frame AND the Shift/Lock features at the same time. It was sized at 6 inches. By overlaying these onto the square and cutting at the same time creates the apertures.
Layer 3 – The banner behind the sentiment came from the “The First Few Years” collection under the “HghChair” key and using the Doodad feature. The banner shadow used the Shift/Lock version of the same key/feature.
Layer 4 – The sentiment came from the “The First Few Years” collection and it was the “IceCream” key using the Phrase feature. The sentiment shadow used the Shift/Lock version of the same key.
In order to get the best use of the cutting area, and not waste cardstock, I re-arranged the components before cutting them as you can see here.
Because some layers were to be cut from the same coloured cardstock I made sure that these were on the same layer in the Cricut Craft Room before cutting them out.
The cutting process was easy as I was able to cut the first layer (blue), and then my Cricut machine would patiently wait whilst I removed one sheet of card and inserted the next for each layer cut.
Here is what all of the components looked like once I had cut them all out (I’ve also shown the paper here that I will use for the Iris Folding).
To Iris Fold I would need a pattern to help me lay the strips of card on the back of the frame, so I created one by tracing the aperture frame and then drawing a series of lines that would form the sequence in which my strips would go down. Here is a picture of the pattern.
Looks more like a log cabin pattern for patchwork than a traditional Iris Folding pattern but I liked it so I went with it.
I then put the frame over the pattern, face down. Like so.
I used a bit of low tack tape to hold the outer corners in place.
Having decided on the order in which I wanted the papers to lay on the pattern I began putting each strip down and taping the ends in place.
Then, having laid and stuck all of the strips I lifted the finished piece from the pattern and this is what it looked like.
Nice so far, I thought.
Having already mounted the larger square onto an 8 inch square card (sorry, should have mentioned this earlier) I then mounted the Iris Folded frame onto the larger square using double sided foam tape around the outer edge. There was already enough bulk in the middle because of the paper strips so I didn’t need to add anymore.
Then I added the banner and the sentiment. I did give this a little dimension by applying it to the card with Pinflair 3D Glue Gel and making the centre point a little higher than the outer tips.
I then finished the design by adding some gems, using a quickie glue pen, and also some clear Glossy Accents dimensional medium to the sentiment (probably should have done this before I’d stuck it to the card in case of mistakes – but I like living on the edge!)
And that’s it. Total working time was about 2 hours (including the designing) so a fairly quick project if you wanted to have a go yourself.
Here is a couple of photos of the finished card (I wonder why gems always show up really dark in my photos…).
Given the style of the card I probably should have added some more “fluff”, maybe some feathers, flowers or perhaps some ribbon bows however I quite liked it as it was, so maybe next time I’ll ignore the “less is more” theory – what do you mean I didn’t on this one?! Lol :)
I hope that you have enjoyed this little idea. Perhaps it’s given you some ideas of how to get more from your Cricut machine?
As ever, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to use the comments box at the bottom of this page and I will do my best to get back to you when I can.
Thank you for reading.