While these mechanical iris cards are a little time consuming to assemble, they're definitely worth the effort. The versatile design can be used for everything from adorable baby announcements to party invitations. Create a camera for a picture perfect valentine's day card or a submarine porthole for a steampunk Christmas card - the possibilities are endless.
If you're into irises, you should also check out these awesome instructables that were instrumental in making this card come together:
Mechanical Iris by carlbass
Paper Mechanical Iris by dombeef
Paper Iris Glasses by art.makes
Step 1: What you'll need
- the template provided with this instructable (in either pdf or Adobe Illustrator)
- cardstock or thin cardboard
- mini brads
- an x-acto knife or scissors
- double sided foam tape - you can use cardboard and glue if you don't have foam tape
- a printer
- a glue stick or other glue
- glitter, stickers, sequins or other decorative stuff
- a digital cutting machine
- an account with Ponoko or a similar service
Step 2: Cut It Out!
Add any text and images you want printed on the card to the template.
Print the template onto cardstock.
Start cutting out all the pieces. For the piece that forms the back of the card you'll need to leave a thin flap to connect it to the front piece. Which side you leave the flap on will depend on which way you want your finished card to open.
Seriously consider the benefits of getting robots with lasers to do the cutting for you.