Friday 13 July 2018

JAI 417 Just add T for tri-shutter card

This week's new challenge at Just Add Ink is courtesy of the lovely Tina, who wants us to...

There are lots of T's I could have chosen including Tina herself, but I decided to make a tri-shutter card for a special friend who's celebrating a milestone birthday.

The birthday girl is a huge Disney fan so of course her card had to be Disney themed. I'd loved this centre step card I made for another fan (coincidentally also for a JAI letter challenge), so I used some of the same elements here.

Tri-shutters are the perfect card for a special occasion, & have been one of my fave fancy folds since trying one waaaaay back in 2009. (You can see all my past tri-shutters cards here).

 While I hadn't forgotten how to make them, I did forget they can be tricky to photograph - especially when you're running late with your post & the light's not great, so forgive my partially fuzzy image above.

If you haven't seen a tri-shutter card before, they look sort of like a regular card when closed & fit a regular envelope.

When it's open, the layers fold alternately & it looks like the first full pic in the post. Pull it open a bit more & you can see all three panels like this.

Disney-fying the card started with some retired dotty red and white paper. The new Regals 6x6 paper pack would be a great substitute for this.

My Minnie ears are circles of retired black glimmer paper (oh I hope this comes back) cut from the Stitched Shapes dies set , and a paper bow made with the retired bow builder punch. I of course had to use my favourite Celebrate You die.

The stamped sentiments are from Happy Birthday, Gorgeous. You can see the structure better when the card's flat.

So that's my Just Add T challenge project for this week. Thanks for visiting today. Check out the Just Add Ink blog to see which T's the team used on their cards too.

Want to make your own tri shutter card? Read on for more info. Remember to pin my card or the template for later project inspiration too.

Tri Shutter Card Template

The basic tri shutter card base looks complex but it's really just 4 score lines, 2 cuts & some folding. I've put together this template to show you how it should look. This version is for a regular card size that fits a normal C6 envelope.

My measurements using A4 cardstock and cm's:
- Makes a  9 x 15cm front that fits a standard C6 envelope.
- Cut card base: 27cm x 15cm
- Score the long side at 4.5cm, 9cm, 18cm & 22.5cm.
- Cut slits - 4.5cm in from each side, between 4.5cm and 22.5cm score lines.

I know many visitors use inches so try these alternatives below. Play around to create your own look.

Using 8-1/2 x 11 inch card (& inches):
- Makes a 3-1/2 x 5-1/2 inch card front
- Cut card base: 5-1/2 x 10-1/2
- Score at: 1-3/4, 3-1/2, 7, 8-3/4 inches
- Cut slits - 1-3/4 in from each side, between 1-3/4 and 8-3/4 inch score lines.

Using 12 inch card (& inches):

- Makes a front 4 x 5-1/2 inches- Cut card base: 5-1/2 x 12
- Score at: 2,4,8,10 inches
- Cut slits - 1-3/4 in from each side, between 2 and 10 inch score lines.

If you'd like more visual instructions, see this tutorial and video on Splitcoast Stampers.  

You can easily adjust the size by changing the height to make it taller, and/or change the proportions of the top, middle or bottom pieces to give a different look. See my past tri-shutters cards here.

I made a tall one a couple of weeks ago that fits a regular DL envelope. I'll share that one next time.

Leave a comment if you liked my project, found the template helpful or of course have any questions about anything tri-shutter. You can order the supplies to make your own from my store.

Until next time, happy stamping & inky wishes,

Project Supplies

To see & order any items used in today's projects, click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. Items I used are listed first. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to help you with your papercrafting needs. Thanks for selecting me as your preferred Demonstrator in the online store, if you don't already have one.

Big Shot
Bow Builder Punch

Bow Builder Punch
Black Glimmer Paper
Black Glimmer Paper


Lou said...

Ooooh I had forgotten about that fold. I love how you have used it to celebrate a special milestone Di. Total triumph! x

Tina said...

Wow, this card is awesome - although I would have loved to have seen how you'd put me on a card LOL

Jan said...

So clever Di to create a Tri- shutter card! The Minnie ears and polka dots are fabulous for a Disney theme and you’ve reproduced them really beautifully too. So lovely!