Tips & Tricks with Katie Gehring!!

Heather Engebretson Blog 8 Comments

Hello friends!

It’s Katie Gehring with a neat ribbon pleating technique to share with you today. Here’s a look at the finished technique on my sketch card this week.

You will need:

  • Ribbon ( I find that grosgrain and twill work really well for this technique. You need a tough ribbon that can take a little puncture and is not sheer.)
  • Scrap Cardstock in a color that matches the ribbon.
  • Scissors
  • Tiny Attacher- Tim Holtz
  • Glue Dots
  • Scoretape or Super tacky tape on a roll

1. Trim a piece of scrap cardstock the same width as your ribbon. The length of the cardstock should be slightly shorter than the desired length of your pleated ribbon treatment.

2. Line up ribbon and cardstock and fold back the ribbon. Place a staple at the fold.

3 Fold the ribbon back down over the staple- this will form your first pleat. Continue to work your way down the cardstock, fold the ribbon back and stapling. For even pleats, try to do the folds and staples at regular intervals.

4. When you get to the end of the cardstock, trim the ribbon at an angle. You want the ribbon to be a little longer than the cardstock strip. Use a glue dot to tack down the last pleat. This what the pleated ribbon will look like from the back.

5. Add a strip of super sticky tape to the back of the pleated ribbon.

6. Peel off the tape backing and add the pleated ribbon to your project.

That’s it! Super simple, but gives your project a lot of texture and dimension. Thanks for stopping by the Skipping Stones blog today and I hope you get a chance to try out this technique soon!


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