Tutorial - Pleating

Hi everyone! Special thanks today to Nancy of Nancy's Creative Space for this tutorial on Pleating. Give her a special OWH welcome and check out her blog for more beautiful creations.


For the first one, I scored 1/2" then 1/4" on four pieces of paper 12" x 1" and made my folds:

Then I placed the four pieces just under the edges of my sentiment, making sure I had pleats exending past the edges on all four sides.

Then I cut the corners at a 45% angle to mitre the corners.

I then added the panel to my card, and added a few embellishments (which are great if one of your corners doesn't come out quite right!)

For the next card, I decided to do box pleats - I scored 1" then 1/4" then 1" then 1/4".

And folded like so:

I then added the strip to my card background.

I added a few border strips and a strip of Dazzles.

And here is the finished card:

Try this!

Like it - add a simple pleated border on a card or layout

Love it - try box pleats

Gotta have it - add layers of pleating and layers of borders for all kinds of interesting looks!


Thanks again, Nancy for today's tutorial.

Everyone, remember, if you see a new technique or if you have one you would like to share, please email me at
kate@operationwritehome.org. Also, you can find archives of our previous tutorials at the Cardmaking Resources page of the OWH website, and lots of great information in the Cardmaking Glossary.

Jen M  – (July 26, 2011 at 10:19 AM)  

Great tutorial, Nancy! I love pleats... In card making and on my skirts., lol

Kathryn  – (July 26, 2011 at 11:50 AM)  

Oh, this is great! I've tried pleating with paper and gotten awful results. Can't wait to try paper since it will stay when creased! :)
Thanks for sharing this idea with us!

Paula S.  – (July 26, 2011 at 1:14 PM)  

Thanks for sharing this wonderful tutorial Nancy! I can't wait to give this a try.

Vicki  – (July 26, 2011 at 1:31 PM)  

I hear my stack of paper summoning me....
Thanks for sharing!

Paper Therapy Ponderings  – (July 26, 2011 at 3:29 PM)  

great directions - reminds me of my sewing days.

Barb Housner

sf_crafter –   – (July 26, 2011 at 5:16 PM)  

Thanks for the great tutorial.

PCM  – (July 27, 2011 at 5:35 AM)  

Great tutorial - I will have a few days off starting tomorrow and I think this is calling my name. Thanks for sharing your wonderful tutorial today.

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