Tie-Back Curtain

by Beth Rush

Fold a pleated curtain embellishment.


  • Cardstock
  • Double-sided paper
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Scoring tool
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Stampin' Up!® products used here: ln the Moment Stamp set, Stampin' Blends Markers, Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad)


  1. Step 1

    Cut patterned paper. You can adjust this to work with as long and wide as you like. Size used here: 4" by 5 1 /2". Score along the length 1 inch, then 1/2 inch, then 1 inch, then 1/2 inch till you get to the end.

  2. Step 2

    Fold along the score lines accordion style, with the 1/2 inch flaps going behind the 1 inch flaps.

  3. Unfold the panel. Line up the lower left corner of the panel with the cutting line of your trimmer, with the lower right corner at 1 1/2" as shown. Make an angled cut to the panel. This allows the back of the patterned paper to show at the bottom of each fold.

  4. Step 3

    Cut a slit in the center of the folded paper through the top 1 inch flap. You will be cutting through the flaps behind the front flap as well.

  5. Step 4

    Fold back the paper at the cut slit as shown. Use a Bone Folder to flatten down the paper so that it lays flat.

  6. Step 5

    Use ribbon or a strip of paper to act as a tieback for your curtain.

  7. Step 6

    Add adhesive to the back, along the top and sides, and behind the tie back, but leaving the bottom lose so that it feels more flowing like a curtain.

  8. Step 7

    Decorate your card and add the curtain to the top. Add some adhesive behind the pleats along the top of the curtain if they are not laying flat.



  1. Add a curtain to both sides. Omit one of the pleats to give more room for the image if needed.

Your Turn

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Questions and Comments

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Such a fun idea! Can’t wait to try…
DJwishes  |  Wed Jan 26, 2022 at 10:49 AM
completely ADORABLE!!!!
aztk  |  Wed Jan 26, 2022 at 12:00 PM
Very cute fun card , a must do for today.
Margaret J  |  Wed Jan 26, 2022 at 1:25 PM
This is a lovely effect I can see "working" with many of my stamps, and particularly useful for someone like me who doesn't own "window" dies! Thank you so much for the great tutorial!

DancesWithHooves  |  Wed Jan 26, 2022 at 2:11 PM
can you tell me what the name of the paper and where it is from that you used on the second card. The one with the anchors I love the look of that card.
cme4jd1  |  Sat Jan 29, 2022 at 4:53 PM
cme4jd1 The paper I used with the anchors is a retired paper from Stampin' Up! called 'Maritime'.
lizzier  |  Sun Jan 30, 2022 at 2:20 PM
Love this, the curtains are great with these images!
Conniecrafter  |  Fri Feb 4, 2022 at 9:37 PM
Is there a tutorial for the stamped part of the card? The coloring and adding DSP for pillows and ledge.
troethe  |  Sat Feb 5, 2022 at 10:26 PM

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