Saturday, December 10, 2011

Pleating Ideas for New Designer Rosette Die

It felt like Christmas today opening my box of goodies from the pre-order of the Occasions Mini!  I have to say I LOVE the new papers and the accessories are going to be fun, fun, fun!

The only hard thing was deciding what to try first.  I have been mulling over a bunch of ideas for the Designer Rosette Die so I was anxious to see if they will actually work.  I am happy to report that the first two ideas were a success!  Not only that but now that I have worked with the die I have a stack of other ideas that I will have to experiment with.

The Designer Rosette Die is intended for making accordion style rosettes or "lollies" as they are sometimes called.  It cuts a strip of paper with two decorative edges and also scores the paper at 1/2" intervals.  (TIP:  You need to use a premium crease pad when cutting with this die to get the proper score  lines.  So the "sandwich" for stacking the plates is:  the die face up, the paper you are cutting, the premium crease pad and one cutting plate on top.)

My first idea was to use the decorative edge from one side and make a box pleated border.  The cool thing is a twelve inch strip folds up to perfectly fit on a standard size card.  CUTE!!!
I also used the new Labels Framelit Dies and the coordinating Apothecary Art stamp set.  The new Twitterpated designer series paper is scrumptious!!
I stamped the smallest stamp in Baja Breeze and cut it with the matching Framelit die.  (Tip:  After positioning the die over the stamped image, use a post-it note to hold it in place so it does not shift when stacking the cutting plates over it.)  Then I stamped the image again in Basic Gray, colored it with markers and punched it with the 1" circle die.

Here is close-up of the box pleats:
I sponged the edges is emphasize the pleats.

The pleats are so easy to do -- just fold on the score lines!
Starting from the left side fold on the score lines as follows:
1.  Mountain fold the first score line.
2.  Skip the next score line.
3.  Mountain fold the next.
4.  Valley fold the next.
5. Skip the next score line.
6. Valley fold the next.
7. Repeat all the way across the strip.

My second idea was to use the other decorative edge to make a fence using a more traditional pleating method.
If you have trouble seeing the pleating lines click on the picture to enlarge it.
The pretty paper is the Everyday Enchantment paper which will be available during Sale-a-Bration starting January 24.

Here is a picture to show this type of pleating:
 Starting from the left:
1.  Mountain fold on the first score line.  (This gives a nice finished look to the edge.)
2. Mountain fold the second score line.
3. Valley fold the next.
4.  Skip the next score line.
5.  Then do mountain, valley, skip across the strip to the end.


  1. Betty, your card is beautiful and what a terrific idea using our new Designer Rosette die! I knew it wouldn't take long to start seeing other uses for these dies. I'm loving the new sets and DSP in our Occasions Mini. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Holiday!

  2. never would have thought it use the rostte for pleating...maybe during SAB I will spring for it.

  3. These are both such great ideas for this die! My mind just wouldn't have gone there... Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful cards!

  4. Oh my Wow! Betty, these are genius! I have this die and I only played with it once... didn't even get good score lines cuz I didn't use the crease pad. I think I got too many goodies at once, so this kind of got set aside. Must go play with it now!