Pleated Paper

Watch as I share this fun pleated paper technique! It’s a great way  add dimension and draw attention to a simple focal point—and it’s so easy to do! You could also try this with the many beautiful patterned papers available… just think of the possibilities!

Itty bitty Banners, Bitty Banner Framelits, Sweetheart

Itty bitty Banners, Bitty Banner Framelits, Sweetheart

Tips & Tricks to Note

    • Use a scoring board to create your pleated panel or, if you don’t have a scoring board, use a paper trimmer and a bone folder or stylus.
    • If you want your pleats to be taller and have more dimension, score at 1/4″ or, if you want them to lay flatter, score at 1/8″.


        1. Score a 21 x 15cm piece of Whisper White CS in half, with a bone folder to create a 15 x 10.5cm cardbase.  Set aside
        2. Score a 6″ x 5 7/8″ (15.2 x 15cm) piece of Real Red CS using a scoring tool at 1/4″, 3/4″, 1 1/2″, 1 3/4″, 2 1/4″, 2 1/2″, 3 1/2″, 3 3/4″, 4 1/2″, 4 3/4″, 5″, 5 1/2″, 5 3/4″.
        3. Trim the last pieces of each side using paper snips
        4. Crease along the score lines.  Start by folding at the 2 1/2″ mark by folding it back  and then accordion fold the remaining score lines, repeat on the other side
        5. Apply Sticky Strip to the back of the Real Red CS along the sides and Stampin’ Dimensional down the center 3 high.
        6. Starting with one side of the pleated panel adhere the 1/2″ wide strip to the 3″ x 5 7/8″ (7.7 x 15cm) piece of Basic Black CS leaving a slight boarder
        7. Adhere the other side of the pleated panel to the Basic Black CS mat leaving a slight boarder, so the center of the pleated panel is loose (popped up). Press down in the center of the pleated panel to adhere it to the mat using Stampin’ Dimentionals 3 high.
        8. Adhere the matted pleated panel to the center  of the Whisper White cardbase
        9. Punch a Heart from Silver Glimmer paper using Sweetheart punch and adhere to the center of the pleated panel using Stampin’ Dimentionals
        10. Stamp your greeting from Itty Bitty Banners on scrap piece of Whisper White CS, and cut out using a big shot and Bitty Banners Framelits
        11. Adhere just below low the Silver Glimmer Heart using stampin’ dimentionals.  You’re done!

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