10 February, 2018

Take me dancing

Not that I've ever dealt much with the sewing machine (except for the handicraft classes at school), but I decided to make a dress anyway some time ago. 
Of course, I couldn't possible create it with fabric, but as the vast majority of my exhibition cards would be stitched ones, I wanted  to have at least a few on which I'd present differennt techniques. Among all techniques that came to mind, iris folding is one that is both flat (must-be characteristic for cards that are on display behind glass frames), and still gives a very unique result overall.
After some consideration, I picked the scheme of an elegant dress from my stash. I decided to work on it with a quite simple colour combination, using a red splash-patterned gift wrapping paper and a swirly embossed background paper in a very soft beige. 
As an iris folding card requires an aperture for the motif, I decided to use one of those tri-fold card bases that come with  an oval opening at the front. 
Of course, I would be working on the dess-shaped aperture in the embossed sheet, but the additional opening in the background made sure the overlapping paper stripes wouldn't pile up on the card itself. The tri-fold base, once glued together,  would cover up the iris folding nicely once the card was done, and at the same time, a tiny strip of the red background would give a frame to the embossed background paper.
Most importantly, I would get rid of at least one of those card bases that keep sittting in my stash for years. I've no idea why I bought them and no use for them either. Or maybe I should just start making more of thoe iris folding cards...
Anyway, once the dress was done, I decided to decorate the upper part with two tiny gemstones.
And as the card still looked a little too empty, I added another 3 gemstones in two opposite corners, and voilà - the dress is ready just in time for a Valentine's date.
A little contribution to the February collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.

And as red is such a vibrant colour, it is of course useful not only for cards, but also for traffic signs. Still, I'm not quite sure what this one is supposed to mean :)

613 avenue create: ATG with optional twist "love"
a bit more time to craft: ATG
allsorts challengeblog: love is in the air
brown sugar: Valentines day
crafting with an attitude: ATG
crafty calendar: 2 or more layers
crafty catz: ATG with optional twist "love is in the air"
crafty gals corner: ATG
creative inspirations: love
creative moments: ATG
cute card thursday: love
deep ocean: love is all around
everybody art: circle/square
friendship challenge: party
inspiration destination: ATG with optional twist "embossing"
little red wagon: shades of red
love to craft: ATG 
moving along with the times: love
my time to craft: love is all we need
path of positivity: shades of red
pennys papertake: ATG
pile it on: 3D embellishments (gemstones)
scrapping4fun: love
crazy challenge: love
through the craftroom door: ATG
unicorn challengeblog: love/Valentines
wortartwednesday: ATG
worldwide open design team challenge: ATG


  1. Wow cheiro urgia, das sieht total stark aus.
    Irisch folding hab ich schon lange nicht mehr gemacht, könnte ich aber auch mal wieder machen.

    Gruß BAstelfeti

  2. Wow very clever. Great work, looks fabulous. Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  3. This is beautiful. Thanks for joining the challenge at Little Red Wagon this week.

  4. Hi Cherio,
    what a very super card and such a very lovely design.
    Love that dress.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  5. Wow, this is really fancy folding!!
    Lia DT S4F

  6. Gorgeous make, thanks for sharing with us over at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge.
    Angie DT

  7. Hi this is a stunning card I love the iris folding. Thank you for joining us at Moving Along with the Times Challenge Blog The theme is Love. Hugs Jackie DT

  8. You did an amazing job with this fold, not sure I've ever done this before. Very pretty card!
    Thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge this week!

  9. This is so creative - I love effect of the dress. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Pile it On Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  10. Wow! This is really cool! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Creative Inspirations. Good luck!

  11. WOW, this is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us at Creative Inspirations, good luck and I hope you will join us again.
    Gina xx

  12. A beautiful Iris Folding dress. Thanks for sharing this work of art with us at My Time To Craft. Caz. DT.

  13. I haven't seen iris folding in a while but this looks great. Thanks for joining us at MAWTT. Hazel x

  14. elegant card. gosh haven't seen this technique in a while. thank you for sharing it with us at TTCRD and good luck, Theresa DT xx

  15. Wow, this is an amazing technique that makes for a very glamorous piece! Love the embossed paper and just the right bling! Thanks for sharing with us over at Path of Positivity! ~Katrina
    ps. As for the sign....hmmm....Can't figure that out unless, of course, there is a dolphin jumping arena in the vicinity. ; )

  16. I love your iris folding - the dress is spectacular. Thanks for showing it off at 613 Avenue Create.

  17. This is stunning! Spectacular!! Thanks for linking your card to #366 at PPCCB! Becca=DT

  18. Wow! I love the iris folding! Thanks for joining the Creative Moments Challenge.

    Creative Moments Design Team

  19. Wow, stunning card. Thank you for joining us over at Crafty Gals Corner Challenge. Best of luck and hope to see you again soon. DT~Jana Forrest

  20. This is stunning and thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Calendar hugs Sue J x

  21. Lovely stunning card, Thank you for Joining us at Scrapping4funChallenge and waiting to see next time.

    Meena S4F DT

  22. Fabulous make and thanks for sharing at crafty catz with us this week hope to see you next week as we have a GDT call too for March

  23. you have created a wonderful card. Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapping 4 Fun Challenge.Hope to see you again
    Shylaa DT@S4F

  24. Awesome card, love the folding
    Thank you for your entry at Scrapping4funChallenges
    Rachelle DT

  25. Hallo liebe Cheiro Urgia,
    deine Karte ist wunderschön gestaltet. Das Kleid gefällt mir sehr gut. Vielen Dank für die Teilnahme an der Friendship Challenge. Ganz liebe Grüße herzlichst Silvi

  26. Gorgeous
    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Hazelnut's pattern paper challenge
    Julie T

  27. Awesome project with amazing detail! Thanks so much for sharing with us in the Love To Craft Challenge Blog's "February Anything Goes" challenge!
    Leslie, LTCCB DT
    Love To Scrap 2
    Love To Scrap!

  28. WOW. Great card. Such an elegant dress. Thanks for playing with as at Pile it On. I'm sorry for late commenting, but I had a really hectic couple of weeks. Hope to see your project again on our next challenge comming up. Keti (DT)