Cardmaking 301: Trifold Shutter Card Tutorial
This tutorial is labeled a “301” level card, and may be challenging for newer cardmakers. Don’t get discouraged if this is not your “thing!”
The Trifold Shutter Card is one seriously fancy card—for very special occasions! The instructions here make a card that fits into an A2 envelope (some online tutorials make a larger card); however, there is very little room for our heroes to write on a card like this. If you choose to make these, please decorate a matching cardstock insert to place into the envelope along with the card so our heroes have something to write on – if it’s decorated (a stamped or inked edge, etc), it will be clear to them that they can write a note on it, rather than just wondering why there’s a blank paper inside the envelope!
Many many thanks to Marcy K, Canton OH, for putting together step-by-step instructions and photos, and providing such a pretty sample card! She learned it from Jan Tinklenberg’s blog. [Diagram in the pdf at the end was produced by OWH to match Marcy’s measurements.]
Trifold Shutter Card
Instructions starting with a standard 8 ½” by 11” piece of cardstock and, when folded, this fits in a regular A2 envelope (standard size for handmade cards).
Cut the cardstock to 5 ½” by 10 ½”.
Scores are from the short end and run edge to edge at 1 ¾”, 3 ½”, 7” and 8 ¾”. This just shows you how the cardstock should be on your cutter (I’m a very visual person – descriptions don’t work well for me!!!)
Next cut a slit 1 ½” from each edge and run between the first score line and the last score line. And here’s a shot of how it looks once your slit is cut. As you can see, I was supervised the whole time I did this to make sure I got it right!!
Now the folds – a series of “peak” and “valley” folds. They are a bit tricky! First “peak” fold the top and bottom thin sections but DO NOT fold the middle section at all where there are not score lines (look at the next picture to see the unfolded middle section):
At the next score, “valley” fold the top and bottom thin sections, and peak fold the middle section:
The next score is peak folded on top and bottom thin sections and valley folded in the middle:
And at the last score, valley fold top and bottom sections; again, do not fold middle section at all. This is a finished look:
Here it is folded up, and how it looks as it opens:
This is my take on this card:
Here’s a diagram with panels labeled to match the diagram to follow:
Thanks so much, Marcy — you’ve really challenged us with this one!
Are you game to try this one? We’ll leave Mister Linky open for two weeks to give you time to figure out this challenging card; after that anyone’s welcome to add a link in the comments!
A note for those who join us for multiple challenges; Be sure to copy the FULL url for the whole blog post to copy into Mister Linky. It automatically seems to remember the last card you entered the last time you used Mister Linky, and will link to the post with that card instead!