Here's a set of fall cards I just finished. I was running out of cards without sayings on the front that could quickly fit any occasion - and it's always nice to have some of those on hand!
The dark brown portion of the card (next to the fall leaf paper) is pleated using my Scor-Pal. Simply score a piece of lightweight paper at 3/4", 1", 2", 2 1/4", 3" and 3 1/4" then fold to pleat, adhere to the card front, turn the card over and trim all 3 sides for an exact fit. Finally, add the top DSP (Designer Scrapbook Paper) and the ribbon of your choice. Give your cards an unexpected dimension with this simple pleat technique!
Next, try creating a 3-D accent for any card by using a square of the matching paper and adding at least two complimentary but contrasting layers, then adhere it to your card or layout with foam tape. Here I used a 1/16" border of black and a 1/4" border of metallic gold behind the black layer to complete the rich look of this card. The card pictured in the front also shows how to take a large brad and some cording (or narrow ribbon) to create a little picture hanger effect with the 3-D accent.
The DSPs are all from K&Co. and the dark brown ribbon is BASIC BASIC (from Michaels). It's a dream to tie into knots! Grab a card and some ribbon then follow along with my YouTube videos on how to tie the perfect knots HERE.