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Posted by on Jul 26, 2011 in Cardmaking 201, Stars and Stamps, Tutorial | 7 comments

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 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.


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

  2. 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!

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

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

  5. great directions – reminds me of my sewing days.

    Barb Housner

  6. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  7. 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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