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Adapted Trifold Shutter Card…revisited!

 

A long while back, I designed a new Trifold Shutter Card template – with two things in mind. 1) Room to write, so we could make some for Operation Write Home. And 2) easier measurements! The one I had tried originally had ridiculous odd measurements that were really difficult to follow, and I need things…well, simpler. So…I created the template in December 2012.

This past summer, Narelle Darley emailed me that she wanted to make cut files for Cricut users….and since I wanted to share that with you all too, I had it on my list for months now to revisit that card. Yes, there are items that sit on my list for a lonnnnnng time! If you’ve made any suggestions for Technique Refreshes, it could take a while -but I always put suggestions on my list!

Below is my video of today’s card. Cards, actually! I made two, since I was doing inset die work that let me make two at the same time. If you can’t see the video below, click HERE to watch it directly on YouTube.

 

Free Downloads

  • Download the PDF right HERE.
  • Narelle Darley created Cricut files HERE.

Supplies


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TriFold Shutter Card Tutorial – new! With room to write!

**UPDATE: NEW TRIFOLD SHUTTER CARD VIDEO WAS ADDED HERE IN 2014!**

I’m stoked to bring you another tutorial today! This is an adaptation of the TriFold Shutter card that is

  1. easier and
  2. leaves room for a message on the back panel!

Here are two samples of the new format. This first one uses the poppy die from Memory Box – absolutely darling! And polkadot papers from BoBunny, which I just {puffy heart love}.

 

And the other is a Christmas card featuring Elf Marci…and more BoBunny dots! And STICKERS!

Trifold shutter card

I saw a card or two with this format on the web, but I could never find a tutorial with measurements…which drove me nuts. So I just started cutting, scoring, and folding til I came up with a set of measurements that would work. The card base starts with a 12″ long piece, that’s the secret – and it’s also only 4″ when closed, rather than 4.25″. I think the full panel of writing space certainly makes it worth sacrificing a quarter of an inch!

So of course here is the video! My dog Ciara played my stunt double; I totally forgot that Dec 1 was around the corner and needed to get this edited, so she took my place…I had a bad hair day, and she rarely has one, so she got to be on camera instead!

This photo shows the view from above, so you can see the comparison between the simplification of the folds:

Trifold shutter card comparison

Remember that for OWH, dimension is an issue, so don’t popdot things on a card that folds this way; but now this format will be better for our heroes since they can write more than three words in the tiny panel available!

Click here to download the PDF template for BOTH the old and new TriFold Shutter Cards.

Do me a favor and share YOUR version of this adapted trifold shutter card format! I’d love to see what you come up with. This tut will eventually be reposted on the OWH blog, and when it does, I’d love to feature one of your cards as the sample, so the blog team will pick out their fave….do nice work! *grin*



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May Arts Makes a Lovely Day

I am so excited…nervous…and hopeful! I made it, as you probably know, into round 2 of the May Arts DT competition. We were given the ability to request ribbon for our project but since I already have so much, I decided to come up with something with what I already had. Chevron and lace. YUM! Wish me luck….and leave some good luck wishes here and on the YouTube page 🙂 Maybe if both get lots of likes and comments they won’t be able to say no 🙂 🙂 🙂

Here’s the template; cut your card base to 11 x 4.25 and fold it on the 5.5 inch mark.

Click the image to download the jpg template.

Shopping links for supplies are at the end of this post in the InLinkz Manager. Be sure to leave a comment over on the YouTube page to qualify for the ribbon prize!

One last thing – I added a function to the comments that might be easier for some of you: you can now use your Facebook or Twitter log-in to leave comments! I was excited to find that functionality 🙂 And of course you can also subscribe by email in the sidebar – and have my craziness delivered right to your email box. (And I hope that my e-subscribers will take a moment once in a while to come comment here, too! Love you guys!)