Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Stampin' Up Build a Birthday & Celebrate Today with Cherry on Top Balloon Pleated Card II

Another chilly day for us with a lot of dark looking clouds and the sun peaking through now and again.  The wind is making it seem colder out than it really is.

Today, I'll be sharing the second card of my Birthday Set using Stampin' Up's Build a Birthday and Celebrate Today Stamp Sets, Balloon Framelits and Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack.

Let's take a look:

This is a really neat technique.  It's been called the Curtain Fold, the Drapery Fold, the Pleat Fold, the Pleated Card and many other names.  There are tons of video's out there on how to do this technique.

My card base is Watermelon Wonder cut at 4-1/4" x 11" and scored and folded at 5-1/2".  

I stamped the dots from SU's Celebrate Today Stamp Set twice on the top of my card base using SU's Watermelon Wonder Ink.  

I changed how I did my pleat tho' (you know me, I have to be different) as I wanted to use SU's 6" x 6" Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack even though the 6" x 6" paper is too short to make the pleated folds.

So, all I did was to make the pleated fold on the right and inserted another piece of the DSP on the left.  Pretty cool, huh!

I made the pleats using this bright and cheery dotted piece from SU's Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack.

I trimmed out a piece of SU's Tip Top Taupe Cardstock at 1-1/8" x 4-1/4" and adhered it over the top of my pleats using Mono Multi-Purpose Glue.

I stamped the balloon from SU's Celebrate Today Stamp Set on SU's Whisper White Cardstock with SU's Bermuda Bay Ink. 

I stamped the banner on Whisper White Cardstock with SU's Tip Top Taupe Ink.

Using SU's Balloon Framelits Dies, I die cut the balloon and the banner.

I taped a piece of SU's Crushed Curry Bakers Twine to the back of the balloon for the string.  I tied a bow with another piece of the bakers twine and adhered it to the base of the balloon using a rolled up glue dot. 

I adhered the banner to the balloon using Mono Multi-Purpose glue and the balloon to my card using SU's Stampin' Dimensionals.

For the inside of my card - I stamped the balloon off once on another piece of Whisper White Cardstock (to use on a future project) and stamped again on the inside of my card using Watermelon Wonder Ink.

I stamped the sentiment from SU's Build a Birthday Stamp Set in the center of the balloon using Memento Black Ink.

I'm quite happy with the way this card turned out!  Bright and Cheery!

That's all I have for today!  Thanks for stopping by my blog.

I recently discovered that people are using my cards and/or projects, duplicating them and entering them into challenges.  My cards and projects are my own creations and are not to be used in challenges or sold at craft shows; etc., for profit.  I don't mind if you duplicate my creativity to pass on to family members or friends as gifts or Occasions cards; but,  Please be considerate of others creativity!  Thank you!

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This is my first blog and it is still under construction.  I have yet to receive my Watermark so the picture's are copyright Lynn A. Gauthier, 2015-2016 Stampin' Up.


  1. Cute! I love the pleats. I'll have to try this too! That DSP is some of my favorite and it looks great with that big 'ole balloon! TFS!!

  2. Haven't tried this pleat style card yet. Your card is BEAUTIFUL Lynn!