Becca Bit: Pleated Background

Hi there.  I hope you all have had a wonderful, wonderful weekend.  I’ve spent most of the weekend with my daughter but did get some time to pull together a card.  I’m really loving the way the pleated background looks and many of you asked me to go into more detail.  You asked, you got it!!  Everyone will find their own way, but in the video I show you how I get this set up for my card.
Pleated Background CardI’m using a sweet little sentiment from Quietfire Design called A Smile That You Send Out; it was just the perfect size to fit the heart.  I love that this heart gives you the ability to pull in color by adding a stenciled color.  I’m using Spellbinders Reverse Wonky Rectangles and inside I’ve put Spellbinders Nested Hearts backed by Spellbinders Classic Hearts.  The elements are all very simple – it’s really the pleating that gives the card interest.  The paper that I’m using is Bella Bleu and it just so happened to have a coordinating border that I thought would be perfect for the pleating without being too distracting.  I repeated the border along the bottom in flat form just for reinforcement.


Stamps: Quietfire Design – A Smile That You Send Out
: Bazzill, Ella Blue
Ink: Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink
Accessories: Spellbinders Reverse Wonky Rectangles, Spellbinders Nested Hearts, Spellbinders Classic Hearts, Ribbon, Zva Creative Pearls, Recollections Flower

Have a look at the video – it’s pretty short and it will give you the gist of how the card is put together.

Thanks so much for peeking in to see me today!!  See you soon!!

  • Jane KFebruary 20, 2011 - 6:33 pm

    So lovely, Becca! And just what I needed, as we’re in the middle of a heavy snow storm in the Twin Cities. You’re an inspiration to us all – thanks!ReplyCancel

  • bonnie32002February 20, 2011 - 6:39 pm

    I have been making fan fold flowers for ages…I really love the wonderful twist that you’ve done with the accordion fold. I look forward to giving this a try…ReplyCancel

  • Beth B.February 20, 2011 - 6:45 pm

    What a lovely card, Becca! Thanks so much for the tutorial as well….perhaps one day I’ll get up the courage to try it! :)ReplyCancel

  • Carol FroehlichFebruary 20, 2011 - 6:52 pm

    Another Gorgeous Card. BEAUTIFUL papers. Thank you for the tutorial.
    I am definitely going to try this one.

    God Bless!ReplyCancel

  • Phyllis M.February 20, 2011 - 6:53 pm

    Beautiful card, Becca and I sure do love the pleated background on there. Love the pretty papers you used also. Thank you for the wonderful tut on how to do the pleating too. I live in MN so we are having a blizzard today so its so nice to have pretty cards and inspiration to keep us going and thank you so much for sharing your beautiful creation.ReplyCancel

  • FrancesFebruary 20, 2011 - 6:55 pm

    Love the folds in the center, great idea! Thanks for the inspiration, hugs, Frances.ReplyCancel

  • Susan BugalskiFebruary 20, 2011 - 6:57 pm

    Fantastic card. I love everything about it but especially the pleating and colors you used. Thanks for the tutorial.ReplyCancel

  • Candy MillsFebruary 20, 2011 - 6:57 pm

    Hi Becca,
    Hope you had a nice time with your daughter.
    Thank you so much for showing us how you do your pleating. I tried it the other day, but because I didn’t know how you anchored it – it didn’t work for me.
    NOW I know :o)
    Big hugs, CandyReplyCancel

  • Shelly SchmidtFebruary 20, 2011 - 6:59 pm

    OOhhhh! This is one amazing card! I love the pleating through the frame. Thanks for the tutorial.ReplyCancel

  • Gloria WestermanFebruary 20, 2011 - 7:10 pm

    Love this!!!!! I want to make one of these….so thank you for the great tutorial…..I think I can make one now…..thank you for sharing….ReplyCancel

  • Barbara WilsonFebruary 20, 2011 - 7:11 pm

    You always come up with wonderful ideas. Beautiful card.ReplyCancel

  • Diane LFebruary 20, 2011 - 7:16 pm

    So stunning Becca!!!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn ClarkFebruary 20, 2011 - 7:25 pm

    Beautiful card. Thanks for the video. Something for me to practice. TFS.ReplyCancel

  • Valerie MatinFebruary 20, 2011 - 7:42 pm

    Oh my…Beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing. I was wondering how (or what) you do/use to adhere the outside corners…esp. on that ribbon strip. There is such wonderful height and dimension… I was not able to tell in your video…
    P.S. CATCH!!! I just sent you back your SMILE!!! Have a GREAT day!!!ReplyCancel

  • NancyFebruary 20, 2011 - 7:45 pm

    What a beautiful card Becca. Thank you for making the how to video.ReplyCancel

  • Leslie GFebruary 20, 2011 - 7:48 pm

    you make it look so easy . . . Love the tuit! I will give it a tryReplyCancel

  • Evelyn in OregonFebruary 20, 2011 - 7:53 pm

    You are just a wonderful card artist!ReplyCancel

  • ChaunFebruary 20, 2011 - 8:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing the video on “how to pleat”.

    You are so generous with your time!ReplyCancel

  • Susan GFebruary 20, 2011 - 8:12 pm

    This is a gorgeous card!!! Thanks for the how-to!!

  • JamieFebruary 20, 2011 - 8:23 pm

    Wow! Mystery solved! Thanks so much for sharing the details of this technique.ReplyCancel

  • lois skiathitisFebruary 20, 2011 - 8:32 pm

    Beautiful card with a beautiful sentiment. I love the shades of brown and blue they are very pleasing to the eye. Love that pleated background. Thanks for the video, it always makes more sense. As always Becca TFS!!! :-DReplyCancel

  • Robyn JosephsFebruary 20, 2011 - 8:39 pm

    love the pleats and how it sets off the quietfire quote.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky SchmidtFebruary 20, 2011 - 8:59 pm

    Oh my gosh Becca, Thjs card is beautiful. When I saw it, I want my husband to see it. He also thought it was a wonderful card.
    Thanks for sharing

  • Darlene JFebruary 20, 2011 - 8:59 pm

    Such a beautiful card. I am enjoying all the Becca Bits. Thanks for sharing.

  • Naomi ArmentaFebruary 20, 2011 - 9:04 pm

    Beautiful Becca. Thank you for the video!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah HooperFebruary 20, 2011 - 9:05 pm

    Beautiful. The flower is perfect on that card.ReplyCancel

  • Mary H.February 20, 2011 - 9:15 pm

    Fantastic! Thanks for the video showing exactly how you do that. And as usual, thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • emilyFebruary 20, 2011 - 9:20 pm

    Love this technique. I played with the rosettes a little at Christmas time. They are rather fun and I love yours behind the frame. Nice twist!
    Thanks for sharing! :)ReplyCancel

  • chrisdFebruary 20, 2011 - 9:41 pm

    Such a lovely card and the video is great also.ReplyCancel

  • NancyFebruary 20, 2011 - 9:47 pm

    Very nice video, well presented. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • MickieFebruary 20, 2011 - 10:01 pm

    Love your video, so informative!ReplyCancel

  • KathyFebruary 20, 2011 - 10:18 pm

    I simply adore the pleated background!!!!! I am going to view the video tomorrow as i’m running late this evening… looking forward to it… This is an awesome card…thank you for sharing your creativity with us!ReplyCancel

  • JaneyFebruary 20, 2011 - 10:32 pm

    I think your pleating in a card is ingenious! I am just ‘catching up’ on email before I turn out the lights, so I will watch the video tomorrow morning before I head to the office. As always, Becca, thank you for sharing many of your techniques with us.


  • JenFebruary 20, 2011 - 10:39 pm

    Beautiful love the colors and the pretty flower!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara AKA GardenladyFebruary 20, 2011 - 11:14 pm

    Becca you just amaze me with all your wonderful card designs. Each time I open your blog you take my breath away! Nothing is ever duplicated! You are so generous with all your tuts! I loved the one yesterday and love the one today as well! I hope you had a lovely day with your daughter!

    Barbara AKA GardenladyReplyCancel

  • DebraFebruary 20, 2011 - 11:42 pm

    Nice tutorial – thanks for sharing! Love the fast forward .. you made it look so easy!ReplyCancel

  • Dianna N.February 21, 2011 - 1:21 am

    Hi Becca,

    Another splendid card!

    You always find a new way to do something with an old standby. This time it’s accordion pleated paper. Who would have guessed that you could get pleated paper twisted around to come out like that! Just beautiful!

    Today, my husband made me a bow maker like yours, and I made four bows right off the bat! He was so happy! Now all I have to do is make some cards to go under them! Ha! Ha!

    Thank you bunches!


  • Marcie SmithFebruary 21, 2011 - 1:23 am

    Glad you actually showed a tutorial on this. The first time I saw you use this technique, it looked as thou the window was cut thru the card base itself and that the pleating was mounted from inside the card rather then laying on the outside and mounting the window over the pleating element. You probably thought I was nuts when I asked if you had box scored your card base to accomodate the pleated element. Seeing your tutorial just cleared that all up. Thanks. Beautiful card – what gorgeous paper.

  • Cathie (Owen Sound)February 21, 2011 - 1:32 am

    Hi Becca,
    Love your beautiful card and instructional video. I could listen to your videos all day. You have such a soothing and calming voice that makes me want to listen more!
    I can see many possibilities for this technique with different shapes and a variety of patterned paper.
    I have been away lately and just trying to catch up on all that I miss from your blog. Your blog is the first I open in a day!
    Thanks for all your gifts you share, sweet Becca,
    Love and hugs,

  • Linda LFebruary 21, 2011 - 2:49 am

    Awesome Becca…thanks for sharing how that is done. Love the look it gives. xLReplyCancel

  • EllyFebruary 21, 2011 - 3:39 am

    You did it again….such a gorgeous card!!!

    hugs, EllyReplyCancel

  • Corine van der ZeeFebruary 21, 2011 - 4:05 am

    WOW, GORGEOUSSSS!!! Love this card and thank you for the tutorial.

    Greetings CorineReplyCancel

  • Sheila - UKFebruary 21, 2011 - 4:17 am

    Oh I just adored this card Becca, I’ve used the pleating when I first saw you do it as a flower, but this is so clever and the blues and chocolate go beautiful together. Thanks som uch for another great tutorial.

    Love Sheila xxReplyCancel

  • HeatherFebruary 21, 2011 - 4:45 am

    Oh Becca – this card is gorgeous and thanks so much for the excellent video tutotrial. It’s so much ‘nicer’ to have visual and of course to hear your lovely voice. tfs

  • Karen WFebruary 21, 2011 - 5:39 am

    Oh Wow i just watched the video, thank you so much, I would not have known how to start this. I’m off to see if you are the one that had the video on the folding for the doilies to make a flower also. Just gorgeous card and thanks again.ReplyCancel

  • Lori EllFebruary 21, 2011 - 5:39 am

    Thanks Becca. So beautiful. I love that paper too. God Bless you for sharing your talent with all of us!ReplyCancel

  • Evette K. CiampoFebruary 21, 2011 - 6:35 am

    Thank you for answering my question so quickly…as it seems others had the same one too, lol. Just love this effect. Great card Becca. Hope your daughter is doing ok. Hugs. God bless.ReplyCancel

  • caroline hillFebruary 21, 2011 - 7:28 am

    Thank you so much for pleated background tutorial.
    You always amaze me . Your blog is my favorite.
    Thanks CarolynReplyCancel

  • Miss GFebruary 21, 2011 - 7:52 am

    Oops, I put my pleating comment inthe wrong section.
    However, thank you for the video and the card is a beauty as usualy.
    Have a great week!ReplyCancel

  • RebekkaFebruary 21, 2011 - 7:57 am

    Gorgeous card Becca, and great tutorial.ReplyCancel

  • Anne ( Midlands UK)February 21, 2011 - 8:38 am

    It is another beautiful card from you Becca, thankyou. AnneReplyCancel

  • EileenFebruary 21, 2011 - 8:48 am

    Thank you for that great tutorial Becca…..I love the way you think ‘outside the box’ it makes your cards so interesting.
    Take care LOL EileenReplyCancel

  • JessicaFebruary 21, 2011 - 9:25 am

    Lovely card Becca. What an amazing difference the accordian folding makes. Without it, the card would be pretty but with it…as Emeril would say “BAM”. lol Thanks for sharing your talent with us.
    Hugs, JessicaReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterFebruary 21, 2011 - 9:33 am

    Beautiful, and love the border strip, like how it makes it look like you’ve used two papers, love the blue and brown combo and the flower is lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie MillerFebruary 21, 2011 - 9:55 am

    Oh, Becca! This card is like a beautiful sculpture! I didn’t see the beauty in those Wonky shape Spellbinders before, but you’re sure opened my eyes. Leave it to you! You make everything beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Claudia CullenFebruary 21, 2011 - 9:59 am

    This is probably one of the most beautiful cards I’ve ever seen. You are such a miracle worker. Hope I can copy.ReplyCancel

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  • Mrs. HamFebruary 21, 2011 - 11:25 am

    Becca, thank you so much for this tutorial. I have wondering how you do the pleating. One question. Are you using the Martha Steward score board?


  • lacyquilterFebruary 21, 2011 - 12:20 pm

    This is awesome, Becca. What a beautiful technique.ReplyCancel

  • Francie (Montreal)February 21, 2011 - 12:34 pm

    Thank you so much for everything you share with us. Today’s big thank you is for the Becca Bit. This pleating is just so very neat. I hope when I try it, it’s as easy as you make it look.

    I love your beautiful card(s), your website and all the fun creative stuff you share with us. You have no idea what a huge influence you have on so many people. You’re one amazing lady! Please excuse me for gushing. I’m particularly grateful today.ReplyCancel

  • CarolFebruary 21, 2011 - 1:08 pm

    Becca, Thanks for the video on the pleated background…you make it look soooooooooooo easy! And loved the way you speeded up the placement of the pleated circle…cool! Excellent! CarolReplyCancel

  • geatyFebruary 21, 2011 - 2:12 pm

    Hello Becca, another gorgeous card, and thank you for this video, I was in the people you require more detail on the construction of this map and I’m delighted, thousand thank you you have shown great kindness, very Good evening to youReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenFebruary 21, 2011 - 2:58 pm

    WOW! Thanks Becca! Great tutorial!!!! AND VERY EASY!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • LynneFebruary 21, 2011 - 4:46 pm

    Thanks Becca for the great tutorial on pleating. Wow your card is beautiful.
    I was wondering how to do this and it is so good of you to share. I’m sure the recipient of your card will treasure it always as it deserves.ReplyCancel

  • SuziFebruary 21, 2011 - 8:16 pm

    I love it when you say you are done, just a flower and maybe a few pearls. . . . And your work turns into a masterpiece! Thank you! Love these videos!ReplyCancel

  • LeanneFebruary 21, 2011 - 10:41 pm

    Wow ! What a beauty. I’m so glad I found your blog again. It’s so inspirational.
    When time permits do stop by my blog. I’m very happy about my new post and would like you to see it too.ReplyCancel

  • Linda BandowFebruary 22, 2011 - 12:25 am

    Just a lovely filip….TFS Becca, your work is so special.ReplyCancel

  • pat pFebruary 22, 2011 - 4:38 am

    I always love your Becca Bits and tutorials..I’m so happy that you showed us the flower project and the fan paper to put behind the frame. Now I know how to do this and approach it..

    Your cards are always so beautiful ..thank you so much


  • ArleneFebruary 22, 2011 - 10:19 am

    We love your cards. We are using an idea of yours to make a centerplace for each table at the funeral for my sister in law. My question is: where do you get the jeweled bottom for the card to sit on. It would be very special for each table.


    Arlene Wallin

  • MarieFebruary 22, 2011 - 6:32 pm

    Another fab tutorial! Many thsnk, Becca xxReplyCancel

  • Karen LinarezFebruary 23, 2011 - 3:00 am

    I really love this card. That accordian folded background is great. You are always soo creative. You do such beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • Lillian F.February 24, 2011 - 11:19 am

    Hey Becca
    I really loved this card. You make it look so easyI had to try it. And you know it took me more than an hour! It came out beautiful and I gave it to my aunt for her eighty-first birthday she really loved it. Thanks for the ideas and techniques I can’t get enough of your use of the nestabilities…..keep them coming! I am also working on the 31 days but this one might take ME sixty! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lillian FFebruary 24, 2011 - 11:57 am

    Hey Becca
    This was such a lovely card I just had to try it. Of course you know it took ME more than an hour. :) Following your techniques made it look so easy. It came out beautiful and I gave it to my aunt for her eighty first birthday she thought it was so beautiful she has it on display! Thanks for the videos and techniques with the nestabilities you give us so many good ideas. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next.ReplyCancel

  • Rebya FalkMarch 18, 2011 - 3:11 pm

    Thank you so much for your tutorials. You are a wonderful teacher. Your work is absolutely beautiful.ReplyCancel