Friday, January 14, 2011

Happy Day Figuring Out How To Do Paper Pleating

One of the techniques that I have noticed is popping up all over the place is what I shall call "paper pleating." I am really loving all of the 3D work that is popular right now. I mentioned in my last post that I had found a fun challenge blog...City Crafter Challenge Blog. This week, a sketch challenge was posted so I thought I'd combine my try at paper pleating and the sketch in one is the sketch...

It is a very versatile sketch and can be useful for many sized cards, but for some reason, it just screamed square card to me. I don't often do cards in alternate sizes because of the difficult postage but sometimes it is fun to break out of your routine.

The card is done on a 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch base. This first mat, a piece of pattern paper was cut to 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches and the solid card stock is 4 inches square and dry embossed using my Cuttlebug. By the way, I smeared the same color ink on the inside of the folder before running through the Cuttlebug. Gives a nice effect, what do you think? Anyway, now for the paper pleating...I cut a 1 x 12 inch piece of the same pattern paper and scored it at the 1/2 inch mark for the full 12 inch length. I folded it against itself forming the pleats. Each pleat is held in place with a glue dot. It fit without trouble onto the card! :o)

The little guy holding the package is a House Mouse image that was stamped with StazOn and then colored with my Copics. The sentiment is from a Close To My Heart set called Framed Phrases.

For the finishing touches I punched the scalloped square and the mat for the sentiment from the matching pattern paper. I attached the ribbon and added a button with Waxy Flax tied in the center. I used my Spica pen for just a touch of bling on the mat, sentiment image and package bow. The paper edges were sponged for a bit of depth. The colors used include pattern paper from Close To My Heart's Magnifique paper packet and CTMH card stock in Colonial White, Lagoon and Sky.

Once again, I thank the ladies over at City Crafter Challenge Blog for helping me with my creative inspiration. For Now, Happy Crafting!


Ros said...

Wow! your paper pleating looks fabulous ... love the image too ... great take on the challenge ... I always end up doing square cards so I guess my sketch does say square ... thanks so much for playing along again at CCCB

Nancy said...

Beautiful card & great job of paper pleating Cindy.
I've played around with it but haven't used it on a card yet.
I LOVE the Magnifique paper too.
Thanks for the new challenge blog. I'm addicted to challenges, especially sketches.
Aren't the NEW papers the greatest!!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Beautiful paper pleating, and I love the colors you used and that cute image too, thanks for playing along with us at CCCB, so good to see you here again!

Linda R. said...

This is just as cute as can be.. I just love house mouse stamps.. Thanks so much for playing along with us at CCCB!

Cheryl Nelson said...

This is just darling! LOVE it!
Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!