Unexpected Crafting: Faux Iris Card Tutorial by Paul Ford

Hello, G45ers!

Welcome to an unexpected crafting journey with Paul Ford! Despite facing a setback with a broken thumb at the end of 2023 and starting the New Year in a cast, Paul is back with a creative solution. Unable to pursue his original album tutorial due to limited mobility, he brings forth an ingenious project that requires nothing more than straight lines, a trimmer, and a touch of creativity. Join us as Paul introduces the art of crafting a faux iris card, inspired by the opening mechanism of a camera lens. Grab your Let’s Get Artsy papers and discover the magic of simple yet stunning card-making techniques in this video tutorial.

Faux Iris Card 

Tutorial by Paul Ford

“Hello G45ers. It’s Paul back with an unexpected project. This was not my intended tutorial however I ran into a bit of a problem. I ended 2023 with a broken thumb and went into the New Year in a cast. As you can imagine, crafting was off the table whilst I got used to having a hand in a cast. Well it has come off however the album I intended doing will have to wait. I did not want to leave you high and dry so had a think at what I could maybe do which could be done with straight lines, trimmer and not too much grip or pressure needed. So I decided to make a faux Iris card. This is based on the Iris of a camera as it opens but can be made totally flat for posting. I used Let’s Get Artsy and used the ephemera pack to save on fussy cutting (straight lines are plenty at the moment).” ~Paul

-Video Tutorial-


Graphic 45 Supplies: 

Let’s Get Artsy 8×8 Pad

Let’s Get Artsy Patterns and Solids

Let’s Get Artsy Ephemera Pack

Black 5×7 Card Blanks

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Happy Papercrafting!


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