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Monday, July 21, 2014

Danced All Night Challenge at Unstampabelles!

Unstampabelles Challenge Blog has as its July Challenge, the theme of 

I Could Have Danced All Night!


The challenge is being sponsored by 

Flourish with a Bling

who are offering a $15 voucher to spend in the store!

I made two cards for the Midway Post DT Inspiration

My first card was made trying out a new technique - iris folding. 

  1. Iris folding is a paper craft technique that involves folding strips of colored paper in such a way to form a design. The center of the design forms an iris — a shape reminiscent of the iris diaphragm of a camera lens.
That makes it simple to understand doesn't it! I saw my dancer in a magazine, and swiftly pulled out the pages from Card Making and Papercraft - Masterclass ADVANCED.  Should have realised that word said it all! I didn't check the pages, just put them to one side until I needed them - so I didn't get the actual template they provided which was in the back of the magazine!  BUT I am nothing if not creative so I looked at their dancer on the front of the card; got a sheet of vellum and traced her; scanned this into the computer and enlarged it a bit, and then reprinted it as my template!!

I lay the sheet with the template over some lovely SU Shimmer Card, and used my Fiskar's knife to cut around the image very, very carefully! My cut-out lady will come in useful later, now I had to use the negative image to do the iris folding behind. I could see that there were 8 separate different pieces of Design Paper, so I scrabbled in my scrap basket and got some lovely papers in gold and pink shades.

I followed the instructions - sort of - and used a lot of double-sided tape to create the lady in her dress behind the cut out negative.

You can see the strips of paper, folded in half, laying in the aperture to create the illusion of skin and clothes. 

I printed out my sentiment onto some SU Pink Pirrouette card and cut it up to place around the dancer. I used a Spellbinders edge to create a fancy edge on one side and layered this onto a sheet of DP and then onto a folded card made from SU PP. My shimmer card has wrapped around it two pieces of ribbon -a sheer pink, and another pink and I added some lovely pink pearls from our sponsor down the side.  I was really pleased with how this turned out, especially seeing that this is my first attempt at this technique! Now, I must be advanced (not!) 'cause I completed the masterclass - but you notice that you are not being shown a photo of the back of the aperture!

Luscious pearls

My second card is a decoupage kit from Crafty Bob - if you go there and look, there are lots of images useful for this challenge. This one is printed off onto some shiny white SU card. I cut it up and mounted it onto some gold mirror card.

I added part of a blue pearl swirl from Flourish with a Bling, and some small gold dots from my gold Liquid Pearl. The two sentiments come with the kit.  I cut out the decoupage bits with the Fiskars knife and added them using dimensionals to lift them up a bit. I am sure you can decoupage better than me!

Go over to Unstampabelles, and look at the wonderful DT inspiration that has been provided for the midway posting - be inspired and then have a go yourself at creating something that fits this theme but, remember NO STAMPS are to be used!

I will enter these in the following challenges: all for the iris girl
613 Avenue Create: Anything Goes with a Party theme twist; my iris girl is certainly partying! Closes 27th July
Scribble and Scrap: Anything Goes - closes about 3rd August
That Craft Place: Anything Goes - closes about 4th August
Crafting at the Weekend: Anything Goes - closes 26th July


Michelle said...

What lovely work. I have never done iris folding but yours looks lovely. Michelle x

DebR said...

I love that Iris fold! Never saw this before. Both cards are wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Fabulous. Great cards. I've never tried that technique either - seems a bit fiddly for me. You seemed to have mastered it alright.

Lexie said...

Gorgeous! Haven't done iris folding for years. Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.

cheryl Baker said...

oh super work,great folding too,
,bless you for playing at That Craft place this week hugs Cherylxxxxxx

My Creative Therapy said...

What a great technique! I've been wanting to try this for a while, guess I'll have to bump it up on the to do list :) Beautifully done! Thanks for playing in our neighborhood at 613 Avenue Create!


Wynn Walton said...

Wow Susan you've quickly mastered the technique!! I did iris folding with my group last week....snap!! I'm not a fan too fiddley for me but the results are always is your lady. Love your second card too. The shadow effect behind the dancers really makes the whole image pop!! Hugs Wynn x