Here is a card that I created a few months ago. Some of you may have already seen it since it has been posted to my Close To My Heart website. I am posting it here because it was inspiration for half of my blog title and I just really like it. (I will be posting the inspiration for the second half of my title when I get it completed).
This card features the peacock image from the CTMH stamp set Circle of Love. I heat embossed the image in gold and using a water brush painted it with Pear, Lagoon and Pacifica inks. I made the box pleats from one of the B&T papers from the CTMH paper pack 'Magnifique'. I cut two strips of patterned paper 1" x 12" and hand pleated using the pattern on the paper as my guide. You can also create box pleats by scoring the strips lightly at 1/4" and 3/4" intervals and then using these lines as a guide to form your pleats. If one strip is not enough, glue the second strip to the first after you have pleated the first piece so that you can tuck the end in and the seam won't be visible. I also used two 1/2" x 7" strips of cardstock - I glued my pleated strip to the first one using Tombow and liquid glass and then glued this strip to the right side of my card. I prefer this method as opposed to gluing the pleats directly to the card since you do have to fiddle with it a bit to get everything straight and if you make a mistake you haven't ruined your card. I glued the second 1/2" x 7" strip over the left edge of the pleats to give my ribbon a nice smooth surface to adhere to (satin ribbon shows all of the ridges of an uneven surface).
Supplies - Card is 5" x 7" - All supplies are CTMH except where noted
Paper - White Daisy and Lagoon cardstock, Magnifique B&T
Stamp Sets - Circle of Love D1438, Birthday Script B1208
Ink - Versamark, Gold embossing powder, Pear, Lagoon, Pacific inks
Accessories - Blue/Green sparkles, Aqua 5/8" satin ribbon (Offray), Water brush, Bow-Easy