2 Jun 2012

Simply Scored Box Pleats Tutorial with Rue Des Fleur Card

Hi there. Here's another card I made using Stampin' Up!'s Simply Scored Scoring Tool. I used it to make the Box Pleats at the bottom of the card, to mimic the look of a fabric Curtain/Skirt. We actually made this card, and the card in my previous post, in a class I held last Saturday. It's a pity that the photo doesn't really do justice to the card. It does look prettier in real life.

How To Make the Box Pleats :
1.  Start with a strip of paper 2" wide x 8.2" long/5.1cm x 20.8cm.
2.  Punch one end with a decorative border punch, or leave it plain if you want to. I used Stampin' Up!'s Eyelet Border Punch.
3.  Place the strip on the Simply Scored plate with the length running along the top ruler and the width down the left hand ruler.
4.  Score your first line at 3/4", and then score at 1".
5.  Your next score line is at 1 3/4", then 2". Then 2 3/4", then 3". Keep this pattern going until you reach the end.

Now You're Ready to Fold the Pleats.
1.  Working from the left hand side of your scored piece, make your first fold at your 1" score line and fold it over towards the right.
2.  Make your second fold at your 3/4" score line by folding it back towards the left. 3. Now fold your 1 3/4" score line over towards the left. Then fold your 2" score line over towards the right. Now you've made the first two Box Pleats.  4. Continue folding in this way until you've reached the end and, Voila!, you've made your beautiful Box Pleated piece and it's ready to adhere to your card.

Design Tips:   If you run a piece of double sided tape across the top of the pleated piece to hold it in place, it does tend to curve your piece. To avoid this, I used my 2 Way Glue Pen and placed a dot of glue at the top of each pleat.  Don't glue all the way down the length of each pleat as you'll lose the 'flaring' effect of the pleats. Once dry, run a piece of sticky strip along the top and place ribbon over this and tuck the ends under on the underside of the pleated piece. Then run another piece of sticky strip on the underneath top and it's ready to adhere to your card.

I hope you enjoyed today's card and tutorial. If you did, please let me know by leaving a comment at the end of this post.
Here's a list of Stampin' Up! Products I used to Create this Card:
Rubber Stamps: Rue Des Fleur
Card Stock & Papers:  Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Attic Boutique - Autumn-Winter Mini
 Ink Pads: Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede
Tools: Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Eyelet Border Punch, Corner Rounder, Paper Snips
Accessories: Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon
Adhesives:  Sticky Strip, 2 Way Glue Pen, Stampin' Dimenionals

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you'll come back soon.  Angeliki. :)

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