by Amy Rohl
Learn the basics of paper pleating.
- One 1 1/2" by 11" piece of cardstock for pleated layer
- Scor-Pal™, or other scoring tool
Score the cardstock strip first at the 1" mark, then at the 1 1/2" mark, then at 2 1/2", then at 3", etc. (alternating between adding 1/2" and 1" until you get to the end of the strip).
Add adhesive in the middle of the strip for the pleat to fan at both top and bottom.
Add a line of adhesive along one edge of your scored strip if you prefer the pleat to fan out at the bottom
Accordion fold the strip. Starting with the left side, first make a mountain fold, then a valley fold, and so on, tucking each 1/2" section behind the 1" sections to form the pleats.
Attach pleated layer to cardstock.
Secure further with baker’s twine or ribbon.
Finish your card.
Change it up
You can change the width of the strip to make your paper pleated strip wider or more narrow.
If you need a longer pleated piece , repeat the pleating directions with a second strip, taping the two sections together by adhering two half-inch sections together.