Monday, January 25, 2016

Take Care - Pleated Skirt or Curtain Fold

2/03/2016 Update: This card was a Top Three winner at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #144.

Today I made another card for my elderly Aunt Millie, who is recovering from surgery related to injuries she sustained as a passenger in a car crash. My card will be mailed so I kept it low profile with a little dimension for the flowers.

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #144 provided the inspiration for the card. I also decided to participate in the Aud Sentiments Challenge #147: "Anything Goes" as long as there is a sentiment. A while ago, I saw a You Tube video HERE on how to make a curtain (or drape) fold card and this sketch is perfect for that fold. There is another fold called a curtain fold or a pleated skirt fold but this is the one I preferred.

A panel of DSP was cut, scored and folded using the measurements in the instructions. It was adhered to a coordinating panel of DSP on which two corners were decoratively punched. A strip of embossed cardstock was adhered and then two stamped flowers were punched and popped up on the strip. A white pearl button was adhered with a bow of twine. The sentiment was stamped directly onto the card. This was all adhered to a panel of cardstock and then to a card base that had been dry embossed. The inside of the card was lined with a panel of white cardstock and decorated with two stamped flowers that had been punched.

Join the AHSC challenge and stop by the Aud blog for lots of ideas!

Techniques: Pleating, stamping, sponging, punch cutting
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Materials are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: SU! "Flower Shop"; Just Rite "Enjoy the Day" (sentiment)
Inks: Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Pool Party, Crisp Cantaloupe
DSP: Best Year Ever Collection (retired)
Punches: "Pansy" and "Curvy Corner Trio"
Misc.: Diagonal TIEF, Coastal Cabana Thick Baker's Twine, Dimensionals, white pearl button from stash


  1. I love this Melanie! Your pleated fold is perfect and your design is fabulous. Great colors, great card! :)

  2. Just saw your card, you're going to be a busy lady, and your Aunt a very lucky lady. Beautiful card and love the curtain/drape fold with the special corners of design paper on the corners. Almost the colors of this week's Color Dare Challenge.

  3. This is so beautiful - just love that drape fold as it adds so much to this card. The papers are just gorgeous as well. Thanks for sharing your project and inspiring all of us at Atlantic Hearts this week!

  4. What a beautiful card. I am going to try that fold...I'm always looking for a fun new fold to try. Thanks for joining us at AHSC this week.

  5. Beautiful colors on this card and I love the drape fold technique.

  6. So pretty! Love the colors and paper and the pleats are awesome!

  7. Such a gorgeous, beautifully layered creation! Those colours are simply SCRUMPTIOUS together! I love it. Thx for playing along at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. ~ Ali (DT member, AHSC)

  8. Super cute card, I love those pleats, what a great card. Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  9. That's such a cool technique! Thanks for sharing with AHSC

    ~Sami AHSC DT

  10. Beautifully crafted. Great design and striking details. Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Aud Sentiment Challenge . We look forward to seeing you again.
    Berni, DT

  11. That drape fold is so pretty, and I love the colours you have used! Thanks for joining our sketch challenge at AHSC.

  12. Melanie, I'm so glad I checked out your project, the little photo on the challenge blog didn't nearly do your card justice, it's LOVELY! I'm sure it will bring lots of cheer to your Aunt Millie. Thanks for sharing and playing along with us at AHSC.

  13. Lovely card! Aunt Millie will sure enjoy it! I love the drape and the soft colors! Thanks for joining us on Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

    Linda N
    Design Team ASCH