Tri Shutter Card

A beautiful work of art for someone very special.

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!

Using the scoring blade on your paper cutter, score at 2", 4", 8" & 10".

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.

This pattern shows where to cut.

The center of the blade has a little arrow or other guide to show where you're cutting.

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.

You’ve cut between the 2″ score line and the 10″ score line.
Set cutter aside. With one short end towards you, fold card at the 2 inch score line, folding away from you.

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.

Repeat the flip and fold at the 8 inch score line.

Finally flip back and fold towards you at the 10 inch score line. (it will make more sense when you look at the next two photos)

Crease all the folds with a bone folder (or your fingers).

Once it is folded.

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.

View from above with the center sections folds reversed.

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.

Each section labeled (two A's, 4 B's etc.)

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.

First layers:

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

This is all the first layers.

Second layers added using pretty printed paper.

Second layers:

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).

Finished card showing all layers plus embellishments.

Here it is closed...

...and one more look at it open.


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6 responses to “Tri Shutter Card

  1. Carson

    I can’t wait to get this in the mail, of course I’ll be your valentine. Don’t you dare give this one to j. instead. Miss you and planning to call soon.

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  3. Very cool! I don’t think I have what it takes for such an effort but if I ever get brave I know where to get instructions. Beautiful card! –Judy

    • Judy – if you get up the nerve and get stuck – leave me a message and I’ll walk you through it! It is a really showy card and sometimes you just want something to knock someones socks off. Thanks for the nice comments. And by the way, I encourage you to try the Masterboard technique – you could make some more bookmarks~!

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