This card goes all out! Sometimes you want a card that is a little over the top. A Tri Shutter card is that. I saw a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers and knew I wanted to try it.
It does take some time and patience but it really
isn’t that difficult does take plenty of time and it is very impressive. This is best tried by a crafter with some experience under his or her belt. It’s been suggested to me that I should emphasize how important it is to read all the directions once through before starting, then have them close by for reference as you go through the steps. The card base is cut and folded into the fun fold-out style and then layered with paper and embellished. This is a chance to use lots of printed paper and contrary to my typical style, I like to use more embellishments than usual.
Once again, I urge you to read all the directions and look at all the pictures before starting this project.
5 ½” x 12″ piece of card stock
card stock scraps to cut for layers
printed paper for more layers
paper cutter with cutting and scoring blades (I have the Fiskars Triple Track paper trimmer)
If you have a paper cutter without a scoring blade, you can use a bone folder to score the folds. I’ve heard a knitting needle is a good tool for scoring along with a ruler, but I haven’t tried it yet. 2/6 update: my sister was very successful using a letter opener to score her card stock. She had a magazine under the card for padding so when she scored it was only the card and not the table underneath.
bone folder – for making sharp creases
double-sided adhesive (I like Tombow)
embellishments – buttons, self-adhesive jewels, ribbon, etc.
pop-up dots and glue dots for embellishments
stamps and ink to complete the card
First a note about my paper cutter. My old one had a fold-out ruler that came out on the lower right side of the cutter. The fold-out ruler on this one comes out on the upper left. So I use mine upside down with the cutting track on the left and the fold-out ruler on the right. Sorry, it’s just what I’m used to.
Start by removing your cutting blade from your paper cutter. This is to safe-guard you from cutting when you mean to score your paper. I’ve learned this the hard way!
With your paper horizontal, score at 2 inches, 4 inches, 8 inches and 10 inches (click on picture to see close up).
Replace the cutting blade and turn your paper vertically on the cutter.
Measure 1 ½ inches from the edge and cut between the 2 inch score line and the 10 inch score line.
The cutting blade on your paper trimmer should have a guide to show exactly where the blade is cutting (see photo).
Turn the paper around and do the same thing from the other long side.
Flip card over so the same short end is in front of you and fold at the 4 inch score line, again folding away from you.
Now reverse the folds on the center section on the 4 inch score line and the 8 inch score line so they are going the opposite direction as the original folds.
Check your work against the photo above and the following photo. If your card has all the same folds, your base card is done and ready to layer! If something looks wrong, perhaps you’ve reversed the folds.
Cut layers at least 1/8 inch smaller than the size of each section. I marked a “pattern” card with letters with each section of the same size getting the same letter of the alphabet.
When deciding your layout and what papers to use, you may want to know what will be showing on the front when the card is closed. Fold the card closed to note what part of the card is showing. You can also compare the closed card in my pictures to the fully opened one to see what shows when it is closed.
The measurements that follow will give you two layers for each section. If you just want one layer, you may want to use the smaller (second layer) size.
A (x2) 1 7/8 x 5 3/8
B (x4) 1 7/8 x 1 3/8
C (x2) 1 7/8 x 2 3/8
D (x2) 3 7/8 x 1 3/8
E (x1) 3 7/8 x 2 3/8
A (x2) 1 3/4 x 5 1/4
B (x4) 1 3/4 x 1 1/4
C (x2) 1 3/4 x 2 1/4
D (x2) 3 3/4 x 1 1/4
E (x1) 3 3/4 x 2 1/4
Once you have all your layers cut, carefully adhere them to the card base.
Embellish and complete the card.(Don’t forget to click on photo to see it close up).