To start you need a piece of patterned paper (double sided) that measures 3″ x 11″. With the 11″ side along the top of your paper trimmer, score this piece at 1.5″, 2″, 3″, 3.5″, 4.5″, 5″, 6″. 6.5″, 7.5″, 8″, 9″ & 9 .5. With your pencil make a mark at the very top of the 5″ and 6″ score lines. Then turn the paper so the 3″ side is along the top and make a pencil mark at 1.5″ at both the top and the bottom. See the photo below. (I have made the marks in pen and quite dark so you could see them in the photo. You will want to make them lighter.)
Stamp your sentiment to the top half of the mat. Add a punched or die cut shape on the left, if you’d like. Add a strip of the patterned paper or coordinating card stock (1/2″ x 4 1/4″) to the top of the pleats. You may have to trim a bit of this piece off the edges. Wrap a ribbon around it now and tie a bow. Adhere this piece to a card base (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″) in a coordinating color.
I hope you will make this card and send it off to brighten someone’s day! Enjoy!