Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Amber's Crafts and Stuff Weekly Challenge #4

Good morning bloggers,

This week over at Amber's Crafts and Stuff, the challenge is to use a technique that is new to you. I decided to try and make a shutter fold card. Oh, in case you haven't caught on favorite colors are green and brown. :0)

I started with a 5.5 by 12 inch piece of paper. I scored the paper at 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 inches. I then turned the paper 90 degrees and scored the paper at 1 and 3/8 inch. Then rotated 180 degrees and scored again at 1 and 3/8 inch. Here's a photo showing the score lines:

Now using either your paper trimmer or a craft knife, cut along the 1 3/8 inch line from the 2 inch score mark to the 10 inch score mark. Repeat on other 1 3/8 inch line.

Now the complicated part. Please look at this picture first.

With the top and bottom section, starting at the 2 inch mark, fold back. At the 4 inch mark, fold forward. At the 6 inch mark, fold back. At the 8 inch mark, fold forward. With the middle section, fold back at 4 inches and forward at 8 inches.

Next, select your pattern paper. With the "T" section, trace the section onto the paper and trim 1/16th from all edges. You will also need 4 pieces cut at 1 3/8 by 1 7/8, 2 pieces at 1 3/8 by 3 7/8, 1 piece at 2 3/8 by 3 3/8. Confused yet?

Dry fit all your pieces before adhering down. I cut the Kanji Tag, which means mother, from Pagoda at 3 1/4 inch. The shadow circle is cut from George. The filigrees are cut from Graphically Speaking at 1 1/4. The flowers are cut from Designer's Calendar at 1 inch.

I don't own a stamp that says "Happy mother's day" so I just hand wrote it. I plan on putting a poem on the back part before sending it to my mother. If you haven't tried this type of card, give it a whirl and come back and let me know so I can check it out!

Stay Crafty

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  1. Natasha, this is one of the most stunning tri-shutter cards I have ever seen! I made an Asian theme for my first (and only) tri-shutter card:

    You have me wanting to make one again :)

  2. Natasha, do you live in Herndon? I live in Leesburg. If so I'd love to meet you…my email is

  3. GREAT instructions! I'm definitely going to give this a try! Thanks!

  4. I love the tri-fold cuts!! I'm currently working on one myself:)

  5. Great card, I absolutely love it I thought I saw Pagoda in there that is my fav cartridge.
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  6. I am a new follower I found you on KAndrews blog, i really love this card, thanks for posting how you made it!!! I have seen them before but never really knew how to do one!!
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  7. Love this card!

    Okay, is it just me or are craft knives really hard to deal with? Maybe it's just me but I really destroy whatever I'm trying to cut if I was a craft knife. I even bought a new one last night that said it was heavy duty and it couldn't even cut through the smallest dowel rod.

    Hope you have a wonderul day!


  8. Hi Natasha, I love shutter cards, think this one is really great. Hugs lin

  9. Great card! I really need to make another of these- I made one at a Saturday project class and never tried it again. Fab job on it! Popping in from the Getting Cricky hop.

  10. This card is super!!!
    I am a new follower! I would love it if you would become a follower of my blog also!

  11. Love the folds. I want to try one of these.
    I am now following your blog. I am passing through on the link up party.

  12. This is so very nice. I have not tried one of the cards before, but yours really makes me want to try one. Thank you for the inspriationl.