Pleated Skirt Fold

by Becky Roberts

Add a girly pleated fold feature to a card front.


  • Double sided paper (Stampin’ Up!® Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper used here)
  • Scoring tool
  • Adhesive (Snail adhesive used here)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Paper trimmer
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Stampin’ Up! products used: Birthday Blooms stamp set; Archival Basic Black, Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder, Old Olive and Early Espresso inks; Whisper White and Blushing Bride cardstock, punches (1-3/8” Circle, 1-3/4” Scallop Circle, Bow Builder) Aqua Painter, Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write Marker, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Pool Party Glitter Ribbon)


  1. Step 1

    Cut patterned paper to 7 3/4" x 3". On the right side of the paper make a tick mark 1 1/4" down from the top corner with a pencil. Along the bottom of the DSP make a tick mark 3" from the left corner.

  2. For an additional guide, connect those two tick marks with a pencil line. Cut from point to point with a trimmer to create the angle.

  3. Step 2

    Score at 3", 3 1/2", 5" and 6 1/8" along the long (uncut) side.

  4. Step 3

    Fold accordion style on the score lines, back and forth.

  5. The finished folded piece should look like this.

  6. Step 4

    Add some adhesive to the back of each pleat to hold the folds in place.

  7. Step 5

    Add some adhesive to the back of each pleat to hold the folds in place.

  8. Step 6

    Decorate the card as desired.

  9. Step 7

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Pleated Skirt Fold. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Cute project! Just one question ... in your video, you say to mark on the right side at 1-1/2; however, in the written tutorial, you say at 1-1/4. Please clarify. THANKS!
Leanne  |  Mon Jan 25, 2016 at 4:07 PM
Funny - she says 1-1/2" but actually measures at 1-1/4"... I don't think the exact measurement is important, just so an angle is created with the cut.
dina  |  Mon Jan 25, 2016 at 6:24 PM
You're right I did say 1-1/2" but I marked it at 1-1/4". May have been a bit nervous on camera. smile But as you can see both measurements work just fine. My apologies for the confusion.
Becky Roberts  |  Wed Feb 3, 2016 at 7:39 AM
What a fun and pretty it and can't wait to make this...thank for the great tutorial...
Gloria Westerman  |  Wed Feb 3, 2016 at 7:41 AM
Great card
Lorrayne Ingram  |  Wed Feb 3, 2016 at 8:01 AM
It looks like it will be easy to make - I can hardly wait to try it. I'm kind of new to making cards so I'm always looking for an easy way to make a card look like it's made by someone who knows what she's doing. smile
Janice Johnson  |  Wed Feb 3, 2016 at 8:20 AM
This is a pretty card with a technique and design layout that can work for many occasions. Thanks for the tutorial and ideas to use double-sided dsp and some of the new dies and stamps. I am working of Christmas cards and can see some of the Snow Place critters as the embellishments!
Diane aka ciocidi  |  Wed Feb 3, 2016 at 8:40 AM
Thanks so much for this really quick and very pretty idea.
Pssequimages  |  Wed Feb 3, 2016 at 8:51 AM
I will make my Silhouette Cameo cut this. Thanks for this great idea. The paper and colors you used are very nice.
Sandy Brown  |  Wed Feb 3, 2016 at 9:07 AM
So lovely! I can't wait to make one myself!
Janey Backer  |  Wed Feb 3, 2016 at 9:38 AM
Such a pretty card and a wonderful tutorial Becky! (Nice to hear you in person!!!) This is everything wonderful; TFS! smile
Donna  |  Wed Feb 3, 2016 at 9:39 AM
A lovely card. Love the skirt fold - it's something different. Thank you.
Raelene Trewhella  |  Wed Feb 3, 2016 at 9:59 AM
love it! thanks for the fun and versatile card idea!
Deneen Kellen  |  Wed Feb 3, 2016 at 10:01 AM
That is adorable!
Dawn  |  Wed Feb 3, 2016 at 11:31 AM
Wonderful card and you are great a videos--I smiled alot as
I could relate to what you said. TSM
Jean  |  Wed Feb 3, 2016 at 11:37 AM
Great tutorial, the card looks very classy but seems easy to do. Can't wait to try it our.
Rose Ann Marr  |  Wed Feb 3, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Love the idea. I've tried it twice this afternoon and each time the 'skirt' part is about 1/4 inch too big for my base card. Can't figure out what I'm not measuring correctly, but I can just cut off the extra part until I figure out what I'm doing wrong. Thanks for sharing this idea.
Anna S  |  Wed Feb 3, 2016 at 2:12 PM
Anna S. As I mentioned in the video, I make mine about 1/4" longer than necessary to make sure it fits all the way across. Sometimes the cardstocks don't cut in half exactly even. Then trim the excess.
Becky Roberts  |  Wed Feb 3, 2016 at 3:03 PM
This card is really lovely and easy to make. Going to definitely try it.
Karen Culpepper  |  Wed Feb 3, 2016 at 3:40 PM
Thank you. I didn't watch the video - just followed your written directions.
Anna S  |  Wed Feb 3, 2016 at 4:03 PM

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