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St. Patrick's Day card — By: Ann Bernklau

Ann Bernklau

Designer Tip:

  • Use a makeup sponge and a brown inkpad to ink the edges of elements on your card to make them pop.
  • Resist the urge to cover your card with yellow paper first. You have to cut out and complete the iris folding sections before covering your card.
  • Cut 1/2” wide strips for the iris-folding clover instead of 1” wide and see my instructions for number of strips. (You won’t have enough paper to do 40 1”x2” strips and you don’t need that much).



  1. Trim off the yellow clovers paper and place vertically. Rotate the Iris Folding Template 45 degrees and trace the “Wild Flower” shape centered 1 1/4” from the top of the yellow clovers. Cut out the 4 petals with an X-acto knife over a cutting mat. Dab a makeup sponge onto a brown ink pad and apply ink to the edges of the 4 petal-shaped holes.
  2. Iris folding instructions: Cut 20 strips of green circles paper, each 1/2”x2”. Cut 10 strips of green stripe in the same size. Fold each strip of paper lengthwise, not quite folding edge to edge so that there is some white showing on the back of each folded strip. Flip the yellow paper face down and line up one of the petal-shaped holes with the petal pattern on the template. Secure edges of the paper to the template with stencil tape. The green circles strips will correspond with the “a” strips on the pattern and the green stripe will correspond to the “b” strips. Beginning with “1a,” place a green circles strip so that the folded edge is toward the center of the petal. Trim the ends so the strip is slightly longer than the petal-shaped hole.  Cut small pieces of Scotch tape and apply to each end of the strip, attaching it to the back of the yellow paper. Move on to “2a” and do the same thing: measure, trim, line up, and tape down. You can use some of the strips for more than one section on the pattern once you trim them to fit. Continue in number order. Once you reach the center three sections (marked with “b”), start using the green stripe paper. Cover the final hole with an un-folded piece of green stripe, trimmed to size. Repeat for all 4 petals. Remove the stencil tape and turn your paper over to the front. With the fold on the left, glue the paper to the front of the card.
  3. Cut 1 3/4”x5” of the tan ribbon/green plaid paper and glue across the bottom with the ribbon above the green plaid. Cut a 5 1/2”x3/8” strip of green plaid, ink edges, and glue it across the top 1/4” from the top. Cut a 4”x3/8” strip of the same and cut the end at a diagonal angle. Ink edges and glue it along the left side, 1/4” from the left.
  4. Trace a “Mini Flower” on the back of green stripe and cut out. Trace just the circle on a yellow circle from the green circles paper and cut out. Ink the edges of both pieces and foam tape to the center of the iris-folded clover as shown. Ink the edges of the greeting and foam tape to card 1/4” from the right and 1 1/2” from the bottom. Ink the edges of the clover stem and glue below the clover. Ink all edges of the card.
  5. For the inside: Ink the edges of a 4”x1” strip of yellow clover and glue to center. Ink the edges of a 4 1/2”x3/8” strip of plaid and glue across center. Ink the edges of the circle greeting and glue 1” from the left and 2” from the bottom. Ink the edges of the small clover circle and glue 1” from the right and 1 3/4” from the top.
  6. Sign and glue the “Good luck passed on:” label to the back of the card.

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