Birthday Pleats ‘N Bows…

There have been lots of cards posted using the pleated technique.  It is an interesting technique that gives varying results based on the designer series paper you use.

Here is a sample…


The pleat runs the lower right side of the card and looks as if it is tied up in a bow to hold it there.  You can see how different DSP’s would influence the effectiveness of the technique.

The technique is quite simple once you know the shape and size of the DSP.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you and I hope you give this a try…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Mint Macaroon and Birthday Bouquet DSP
  • Ink:  Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Birthday Blooms
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Mint Macaron Lace Ribbon, Linen Thread, Decorative Label Punch


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5 1/2″
  • The Mint Macaron layer is 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • The dotted DSP layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″ attached to the Mint Macaron layer with adhesive
  • The pleated DSP is 7 3/4″ x 3″.  Mark 1 3/4″ on the short right side and 3″ mark from the left side on the bottom.  Draw line between two points and cut away the lower piece.  Now with the top long side score at 3″, 3 1/2″, 5″ and 6 1/8″.  Fold mountain/valley style and adhere pleats with adhesive.
  • Adhere a piece of Mint Macaron lace at back and then add entire layer to card front.
  • Make bow and attach with Linen Thread to lace on card front.  I also placed a dimensional behind the bow to hold in place.
  • Inside there is a 4″ x 5 1/4″ Mint Macaron layer with a Whisper White layer 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ on top.
  • I plan to line an envelope with more DSP and this one is done.

Give this a try and see what you come up with.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get inky…Be HaPpY!



  1. Billie, I really like the colors, the DSP, the bow and the sentiment, plus the technique of pleating the DSP. Maybe you could do a video to show us exactly how it is done. That is a new technique to me and possibly others. Have a great weekend.