How to Pleat Paper for Your Cards

Posted by Lori Williams
Use pleating to add a unique touch to your card making & papercrafting projects.

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Want to know how to really make your projects elegant? I'll show you how to create pleated accents with ease. This gives great dimension and flare to your cards but it also really make them stand out.

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  • Scor-Tape 1/8"
  • Downton Abbey 12 x 12 Paper Pad by Crafter's Companion
  • Scoring Board
  • Wedding Trim Ribbon
  • Downton Abbey Metal Charm
  • Downton Abbey Metal Die: Gilded Frame
  • Scrapbook Adhesives Crafty Foam Tape Roll-White
  • Fiskars Paper Trimmer Scrapbooking 12"
  • Clearsnap - Smooch Inks Gold Lame
  • Tsukineko Sponge Daubers With Caps, 3-Pack

Cut a sheet of two sided card stock 11 inches by 3 inches. You want to be sure there is pattern on both sides of the paper as the back will peek through in some places.

Score the 11" piece at the following marks.

With a pencil mark in the center of the 3 inch side (1 1/2")

From the 1 1/2 inch mark that you made down to the 5 inch score line, line up on your cutter and cut.

Here's is how your piece will look with one side cut. Repeat the same process on the other end so your 11" piece come to a dull point in the center.

Here is your cut and scored piece ready to be pleated.

You want to alternate from mountains to valley folds to create this pleated banner. Can you see the double sided paper peeking out from the pleats. Now you see why it's so important to have double sided card stock.

Run a line of scor-tape alongside the top back of your pleat to attach to your card.

Your pleated embellishment is ready to be added to a card. This size works well on a 5 x 7" card or a bit smaller as you can wrap the ends of the pleated piece around the edges of the card.

Create a 5 x 7" base card and then layer another sheet 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" over the top. The more layers the better and add your pleated accent to the front bottom of the card.

Die cut a fancy frame out using a die cutting machine.

Using a sponge dauber apply gold smooch to the edges of your pleated piece. This will accent all the folds but will also help to cover over any cracking you might have in the paper.

Cut out a solid rectangle background for the frame and glue it to the back of the frame.

Run a strip of ribbon across the top of the pleated accent for a finished look.

Attach the frame as shown using foam tape and then add an accent / metal charm to the center of the frame.

Finish off the card by using a ribbon bow on the top center of the piece and also adding the card panel to a plain 5 x 7" white card stock base card.

Here is a detailed shot of the finished card. You can see all the accent work really helps to highlight you pleated paper technique. Now get your double sided paper and go give this a try. There are so many different ways you could take this style other than elegant, I'd love to see what you create.