Blog Hop for World Card Making Day 2015


Welcome to another Pinkies Blog Hop! As it's World Card Making Day today, we hope everyone will get some time to craft, and we've created some lovely projects to help inspire you to create your own beautiful card. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping!

While I love Autumn (the colours, the clear but cooler days, cinnamon in everything being completely acceptable), I never really get on with those colours in crafting! So here is something completely un-seasonal as inspiration for some bright and cheerful crafting on World Card Making Day.

Pleated DSP technique
The flowers are stamped in Soft Suede (stamped off first to make them form more of a faded background) using an outline stamp from the Garden in Bloom stamp set. I know they are perfect for two-step stamping, but sometimes the outline on its own is very useful. The sentiment is cut using the Greetings thinlits from Melon Mambo cardstock.

I grabbed some time last weekend to prepare my project for this blog hop, and I've since seen a couple of cards with this kind of pleated DSP as a pretty feature. It's so simple and an effective way to show off a teeny bit of the "other" side of our lovely DSPs. This pattern is from the English Garden DSP, which coordinates with the Garden in Bloom set.

Pleated DSP close up

I started by cutting 2½" strip from a piece of 12"x12" paper (make sure you choose one that has two patterns that you like – it's not usually that hard!).

  1. Score at 4".
  2. Move your paper along ¾" and score, then move it along 1½" and score.
  3. Repeat step 2.
  4. Move your paper along one more ¾" and score.
  5. Cut a diagonal line from the edge of the paper at the second score line (at 4¾") to the end of the DSP strip, finishing roughly halfway along the width of the strip. You'll be cutting over the scored part of the paper, rather than the bit that's left flat.
  6. Stick to your card, and trim off the excess DSP after the last pleat.

If you're using a scoreboard instead, your score lines will be at 4", 4¾", 6¼", 7", 8½" and 9¼".

Why don't you give it a go?

Next on our blog hop is Hannah, and I know you are going to love her project!









  1. Great card Catherine – very pretty 🙂

  2. Such a lovely card! Well done! Xx Baz

  3. I love that DSP technique, will have to give that a go! Trying to use more DSP on cards at the moment as it appears to be stacking up around me!
    Thanks for sharing a great card

  4. Clare McDonnell says

    Lovely card Catherine, a great idea to showcase both sides of the paper.

  5. Ooooh I’m loving the pleated DSP Catherine! I think I will have to try it! I love your noce bright card…I’m reluctant to let go of spring/summer colours too!
    Lizy xx

  6. Lovely card Catherine.
    I reckon I will be giving this one a go. I love the bright colours and the bit of sparkle! I’ve got this stamp set arriving this week and I can’t wait to have a play…just wish I’d also added those papers.
    Kim x