New Fold! Meet the Pretty Pleats Card Design – Six Ways!

These fun freestanding cards have a fun pop out surprise on the inside and are easy to make. I created the Pretty Pleats Card design for the November Suestampfield Crafternoon Creative Escape.

The inside of the Pretty Pleats Card style is definitely a WOW – so we are starting with a photo of the inside of the card! The card stands for display, and oh, what a display it is! The sentiment and the butterfly are adhered to the inside pleats so they pop out when the card opens. Of course, when the card is closed and flat it fits in a standard Stampin’ Up! medium envelope for mailing. This lovely version of the Pretty Pleats Card is made with 12″ wide Designer Series Paper from a new suite, Perennial Lavender, that is coming out in the January 2024 Mini Catalog. Let’s learn more about this new Pretty Pleats fun fold card style!

When the card is closed, it is lovely, and it completely hides the pop out pleat surprise inside! I have a six versions to share of this fun fold card with you, a video tutorial, and a purchasable PDF tutorial with step-by-step photos and instructions on how to make all six cards. I will be showing you cards made with both 12″ wide Designer Series paper, like the card above, and some versions made with 6″ wide Designer Series paper.

From the top down – you can see the Pretty Pleats peeking out!

This pretty version of the Pretty Pleats card was the make and take for this month’s Crafternoon virtual class. Customers who placed an product order of $50 in my Stampin’ Up! online store before tax and shipping in October received the packet in November to make this card along with me in the video. The perfect card to make and send to spread kindness and joy for the holidays. The front of the card is embossed with the Snowflake Sky 3D Embossing Folder and features the Forever Forest dies.

And once again, the inside is an absolute WOW with the stunning Winter Meadow Designer Series Paper inside. The Pretty Pleats Card design is a great way to use and show off your pretty papers.

Packet recipients received either the pattern shown above or the pattern shown below – both are equally gorgeous!

Some of the other patterns from the Winter Meadow Designer Series Paper would also look lovely on this Pretty Pleats Card design – I chose these two because they both have Misty Moonlight in the pattern and matched the tree on the front. The sentiments on this card are from the Christmas Classic stamp set and the label dies are from the Nested Essential dies.

This next Pretty Pleats Card was created with the Christmas Classics bundle and the Joy of Noel bundle.

The delicate pine boughs on the front are die cut from the Joy of Noel dies and the Distressed Tile 3D Embossing Folder adds the texture on this Crumb Cake card. The Cherry Cobbler label and saying are from the Christmas Classics bundle and is embossed in gold embossing powder. The Neutral Sequins add a bit more shine. The Joy of Noel and Christmas Classics stamps and dies are retiring – you can see all the retiring items HERE. (And some of the retiring items are on sale!).

The inside of the card has those pretty pleats made from the A Walk In The Forest Designer Series Paper. The greetings attached to the pleats are from the Joy of Noel bundle.

The Christmas Classic dies are retiring, and are just one of many things on sale right now! Download a printable list of the retiring sale items HERE.

In the “top down” view below you can see how the pleats pop out from the center of the card.

Ready for some more Pretty Pleat Card designs? How about we change it up a bit for 6″ wide paper??

This absolutely stunning Meandering Meadow Designer Series Paper is a work of art! On this card, it pairs beautifully with the Garden Meadow bundle. What a perfect card to make and send to anyone who loves nature and outdoors.

When using the 6″ wide Designer Series Paper on the Pretty Pleats Card design, we go from three pleats down to one pleat and add two “end caps” inside the card. These pieces are critical because they help you know where to adhere the edges of the Designer Series Paper so that the pleat works properly. All of the details are in the tutorial. The left “end cap” is embossed with the Exposed Brick 3D Embossing folder and the right “end cap” is smooth so that you can write your message.

Above you can see a better view of the single pleat that pops out when the card is opened.

So….if we can make the Pretty Pleats Card design with 6″ wide paper, can we use 12″ wide paper cut down to 6″ so that we can make double the amount of cards?

Of course we can! For this version I used another pattern of the new Perennial Lavender Designer Series Paper (available for customers to purchase on January 4th). But by making it only 6″ wide, I could make 6 of these cards out of a sheet. When I make the 12″ wide version, I can get 3 cards out of a sheet of Designer Series Paper. All the instructions are in the step-by-step tutorial.

The pretty Paper Butterfly Accents are die cut butterflies that come in a pack, ready to adhere. The sentiment and label die are from the Pretty Postage bundle. These products are all coming in the January – April Mini Catalog! The front of the card is the almost the same as the 12″ wide version I shared at the top of this post. The only difference is I moved the “Big Hugs” label to a different spot to avoid covering up a pretty butterfly! The Purple Fine Shimmer Gems are also apart of this Perennial Lavender Suite.

The Pretty Pleats Card design is kind of addictive to make, so I hope you don’t mind seeing one more version!

Another sneak peek of new products coming in January 2024! This sweet bird is punched out of a new paper called Flight & Airy which will be one of the free Sale-a-bration choices in January with a $50 order (in the US). The bird was punched out with the Heartfelt Hexagon punch and the branches are from the Bough punch. The gorgeous embossing folder will also be available in January, it is called the Layered Floral 3D Embossing Folder and it is gorgeous!

As you can see, this version is another 12″ wide style but it could easily be adapted to the 6″ wide style. All of the dimensions and instructions for both the 12″ wide and the 6″ wide styles are in the step-by-step tutorial, so you can adapt whichever best suits your project. The inside greetings were created with the Heartfelt Hexagon bundle – I love these sweet sentiments!

One more look at the front of this card – so pretty!

Would you like to create along with me in the next Crafternoon?

It’s easy to join the virtual monthly Crafternoon event – I hope you join us next month!

When you place a $50 order with me (before tax and shipping) you will receive a packet in the mail the next Crafternoon and the PDF tutorial for free! The tutorial has all the card designs with dimensions, step by step instructions, photos, and the supplies for the projects. Place a qualifying order in my online store in November for a packet for our December Crafternoon! No host code is required. A whole lot of love always goes into each and every packet! ❤️ Unfortunately I am only able to accept orders from those who live in the United States. However anyone around the globe can purchase any of the Crafternoon tutorials – you can find them all HERE.

Video tutorial for the Pretty Pleats Card design:

In this video, I walk you through the basics of this fun fold with the make-n-take version of the card. All of the dimensions, supplies, and step by step instructions for all six cards are in the tutorial. The tutorial can be downloaded and printed out to refer to while you craft. Or you can save the tutorial to your device and look at them that way. The tutorial includes measurements, photos, written instructions, and a list of all the supplies.

Details about the Pretty Pleats Card Tutorial for purchase is below!

Ready to make the Pretty Pleats Card design? It is easy with this tutorial. You can purchase the Pretty Pleats Card Tutorial for $15 US. Print out the tutorial or review it on your device after you download it. The tutorial will walk you through how to recreate this fun fold style, step by step with instructions for all of the versions. I started Crafternoon in January of 2022 with a different unique fun fold every month. You can check out ALL 23 Crafternoon Fun Folds HERE.

NOTE: If you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator you are welcome to purchase these tutorials! If you would like to use these ideas to teach a class, instructing verbally is fine. However, please do NOT hand out, forward, replicate, or copy my written tutorials. If your customers wish to purchase the written tutorials please direct them to this blog post. Thank you for understanding!

Join the Crafternoon fun!

Thank you for letting me share this creative fun fold with you! I would love to send you a packet for next month’s Suestampfield Crafternoon Creative Escape. If you live in the United States, to qualify for a packet and tutorial, simply place a $50 order before tax and shipping in my online Stampin’ Up! store HERE. Happy creating!


Click on the photos below to see the items in my online Stampin’ Up! store.

The Forever Forest Pretty Pleats Card supplies:

Christmas Classics and Joy of Noel Pretty Pleats Card supplies:

Flight & Airy Pretty Pleats Card Supplies:

The following items will be available to order / earn on January 4th, 2024.

  • Layered Florals 3D Embossing Folder (Item #162935)
  • Flight & Airy Designer Series Paper (Item #162977) Sale-a-bration choice: Free with a $50 purchase in the US from January 4th – February 28th 2024

Perennial Lavender Pretty Pleats Card Supplies:

The following items will be available to order on January 4th, 2024.

  • Perennial Lavender 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (Item 162593)
  • Perennial Postage Bundle (Item 162608)
  • Purple Fine Shimmer Gems (Item 162611)
  • Paper Butterfly Accents (Item 162612)

Meandering Meadow Pretty Pleats Card Supplies:


14 thoughts on “New Fold! Meet the Pretty Pleats Card Design – Six Ways!”

  1. Thank you Sue for providing such fresh and simple fun fold cards each blog. You are so original in your ideas – love them all!

  2. I loved your video! I watch my stamping you tube videos every day while I exercise. You have the best fun folds! I was able to make a card and it turned out beautifully. Thanks so much for all of your cards – I really enjoy watching your ideas.
    I am a hobby demonstrator so I love the new ideas! Thanks so much Susan.

  3. Absolutely stunning, simple idea very easy to follow instructing’s can’t wait to try it. Going to us another paper as it is summer here in New Zealand.

  4. Absolutely stunning, simple idea very easy to follow can’t wait to try it. Going to us another paper as it is summer here in New Zealand.

  5. Susan I loved watching the replay of your video last night
    Amazing cards
    Im looking forward to taking up the challenge of this special
    Praying that you completely recover ♥️

  6. Hello Susan, You are the best!!!! All the 6 cards are beautiful, gorgeous, great!!!!
    Thank you so much to share it with me!


Leave a Comment

Item added to cart.
0 items - $0.00