Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Watch Us Wednesday with Debbie Marcinkiewicz: Paper Ruffle Tutorial

Today, Debbie Marcinkiewicz from Simple Treasures is going to show us all how to make a pretty paper ruffle out of patterned paper!  These paper ruffles are wildly popular right now in blog land and very easy to create ... ready, set, here we go!

Create the base of your card with desired cardstock and patterned papers.  Here, Debbie used some Buff Ivory Cardstock for the base of her card, inked with a bit of green paint to create a time worn look.   Then two different patterned papers were added to the cardstock base for contrast.

Next, layer a strip of double sided tape along the seam of the two patterned papers.

Cut a strip of 1" patterned paper in a contrasting pattern and begin to stick the paper strip down onto the sticky tape creating folds as you go along.

When you get to the end of your card base, trim the edge of the paper strip to be even with the edge of your card.

Next, turn your card sideways so that the folded paper strip is vertical and begin to gently 'ruffle' the paper folds to create soft pleats.

 When finished, you will have something that looks similar to this ... with soft paper ruffles!!

To complete her design, Debbie added a bit of lace trim and pearls along with some yummy Brown Kraft Baker's Twine at the center of the card.   A pink fabric bloom was adhered to the left side of the card and then two Antique Stick Pins were inserted under the top of the bloom. The 'thank you' sentiment was stamped at the upper right side of the card and then ...

... a ' big hugs' sentiment was stamped on a x-small Grungy Prim Tag.  To complete this pretty little design, Debbie added a bit of Victoria Seam Binding -- the create the shabby little bow, she first dampened the seam binding with water, scrumpled it a bit, let it dry and then tied into a bow! 

The cardbase was added to a backing of Lunch Box Kraft Cardstock ... and there you have it, a pretty little card with lots of bits and bobs of treasures, all wrapped up with a darling paper ruffle and bow!  The perfect way to show someone you care for just how thankful you are to have them in your life!


  1. What a beautiful idea and simple too! Love the depth and texture variation!

  2. Oh so pretty! Thank you for sharing this technique.

  3. Wonderful tute Debbie. :-) Your card is beautiful. Welcome to the team!

  4. Beautiful!!!
    Thanks for sharing this Debbie!

  5. Love it - gorgeous card! Thanks for sharing, I'll have to give this ruffled paper a go!

  6. This card is absolutely stunning and perfect in every detail. Beautiful!

  7. I love that you shared this techinque with our readers....wonderful!!!


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