Paper Pleating continued


A while ago, I wrote the Beginner's Guide to Paper Pleating for Papercraft Essentials. It's a technique I hadn't tried before and not knowing where to start, I went on pinterest to look for inspiration. Only... there wasn't much inspiration to begin with! You can find my cards from the Beginner's Guide here.

A month later, I worked on a second feature showing the same technique but turning them into toppers this time. There are two ways to fold the paper, flat or concertina style, but again there were few ideas to be found online. For the Masterclass to Paper Pleated Toppers, I wanted to keep things simple and focus on the papers. I used some basic dies to add shapes and my favourite stitched dies, too, which is a quick and easy way to add detail. I didn't have much in my stash which always makes things challenging but it also makes you think how to put what little you have got to use.

One of the cards is a vase with flowers which was my favourite out of the bunch. On the cover and in the feature, it is turned on its side. It still makes an interesting design although I wonder what the readers thought!

Some dies used for these projects include Spellbinders Ovals (to fold the vase), a scalloped border die (for the fan) and a heart die (for the dress).

I've got some more magazine designs to share with you. I started working in my new "creative studio" (it's really just a table, but a beautiful one) but still need to organise my stash and then you'll get some pictures, too!
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