Isn't this a beautiful full pleated card? I love showing off the double sided papers! This card is much easier to make than it looks. Once you make it, it will become one of the folds you come back to when you need a fancy card!
To start you need a piece of patterned paper (double sided) that measures 3" x 11". With the 11" side along the top of your paper trimmer, score this piece at 1.5", 2", 3", 3.5", 4.5", 5", 6". 6.5", 7.5", 8", 9" & 9 .5. With your pencil make a mark at the very top of the 5" and 6" score lines. Then turn the paper so the 3" side is along the top and make a pencil mark at 1.5" at both the top and the bottom. See the photo below. (I have made the marks in pen and quite dark so you could see them in the photo. You will want to make them lighter.)
Now, line up the tic marks in your cutter as shown below and cut off each triangle on the bottom.
Next, you will fold the pleats into the card. Start on the far right and fold on the first fold line so that the right hand piece goes in the back. Then fold it over the next smaller section
Repeat the accordion fold on the left hand side as well. Use a small bit of adhesive to hold each pleat in place. Next, center it on a card mat that measures 5 1/4" x 4" and wrap each of the end flaps around to the back. Adhere to the mat by placing adhesive on the back of the pleats as well as on the flaps that wrapped to the back.
Stamp your sentiment to the top half of the mat. Add a punched or die cut shape on the left, if you'd like. Add a strip of the patterned paper or coordinating card stock (1/2" x 4 1/4") to the top of the pleats. You may have to trim a bit of this piece off the edges. Wrap a ribbon around it now and tie a bow. Adhere this piece to a card base (8 1/2" x 5 1/2") in a coordinating color.
I hope you will make this card and send it off to brighten someone's day! Enjoy!
Lorraine is an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator who loves to cut paper (really, it's true), create cards, and help others to discover how much happiness comes from making cards and sending them!
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