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Iris Boat Card

This is another card using iris folding – and yes, it’s for the guys! Make it for Father’s Day, for graduation or for a birthday – this card is versatile enough to cover all three occasions! Free image and pattern at the end of the project instructions.

Iris Boat Card picture

  • 1 sheet cardstock –  light color works best
  • 1 sheet regular paper
  • 1  5 1/8” x 7” blank card (I cut a piece of black cardstock to make a 5” x 7” card)
  • 1 sheet of scrapbooking paper to mat the piece (optional)
  • 3 coordinating sheets of scrapbooking paper
  • narrow tape – ½” wide or less
  • double-sided tape, glue, or any other adhesive of your choice


  1. Download and print onto the cardstock the design at the bottom of this page – print size is 4” x 5.5”  Download and print the sail pattern on a scrap piece of paper.
  2. Cut the printed design along straight lines. Carefully slash the sails and cut following the outline. Tip: use a sharp craft knife to cut out the triangular sail and if you have an oval coluzzle, use it to cut out the crescent-shaped sail.
  3. Cut 1 inch wide strips of the scrapbooking papers (if the paper is about 11 inches long, two strips of 1” x 11” of each paper will be more than enough to finish the project). Fold in half lengthwise – try lightly scoring the middle of the strips so that you can do this easily (tip given by Judibug). You should now have six strips of paper that are ½’ wide by 11” long. So as not to get confused while doing iris folding, designate each pattern paper as “a”, “b” and “c” – this corresponds with the given pattern.
  4. Tape the sail pattern on a table top (or whatever flat surface you work on). Take the card front with the cut-out sails and flip it over. Tape this over the sail pattern, making sure that the cut-out and the pattern line up nicely. 
  5. Starting with the crescent-shaped sail, your “a” strip, and the part marked “1a” on the pattern, cover the cut-out with the strip, making sure that the folded side is aligned with the straight line in the pattern. Cut the strip - use just enough of the strip to cover the heart and a bit of overlap so that you can tape the edges. Next, take the “b” strip, and cover “1b”, then the “c” strip and cover “1c” – continue in this fashion until the sail is covered.
  6. Continue on to the triangle sail, using the same technique – starting from 1a with your “a strip” all the way to 18c. Cover the small triangle with a scrap piece of paper (you may want to use sail cut-out from #2).
  7. Carefully remove the card front from being taped to the pattern, and flip it over – voila! I like this part when I can see the design on the front side. With double-sided tape or adhesive of your choice, stick the design on the blank card (you may mat it first if you prefer).
  8. If my instructions are not clear (I just discovered that it’s difficult to put in words the things you can easily do with your hands, LOL), please do a search on iris folding – and you’ll come up with a lot of sites that will probably give you clearer (or more detailed) instructions.

Just right click on the image to download, then save in your disk! This is a freebie and it may be used for either personal or commercial use. However, no digital sharing please! You may direct friends and family to this website if you want them to take advantage of this freebie. Thank you!

Iris Boat Card - front

Iris Boat Card - pattern

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