Here are some basic supplies you will need:Scor-pal, Scor-buddy, or any other scoring tool (if you do not own a scoring tool, you can also use your Fiskars style paper-cutter plus a boning folder);
A paper cutter or craft knife and ruler;
A 12 x 12 piece of cardstock, cut down to 12 x 5-1/2;
Embellishments of your choice.
Step one: Cut your 12 x 12 piece of cardstock to 12 x 5-1/2. Place the 12" side horizontally on the scoring board.
Step two: Using your Scor-pal or scoring tool, score as shown at 2", 4", 8", and 10".
Step three: Turn the cardstock vertically. Using a craft knife and ruler (or paper cutter), measure 1-1/2" from the edge, and make a vertical cut from the 2" score line to the 10" score line. Do this on both sides.
This photo shows what your cardstock should look like after being scored and cut. Please forgive this photo....the end section at the bottom of this photo is not shown (photographer error!), but the next photo is complete!
Step four: Fold the scored sections as you see in this photo. For a more sturdy card, do not fold the "T" on either end. Some crafters have traced the "T" shape onto designer paper and trimmed it down for a solid mat, but you can also decorate each panel separately, as I have done below.
Here is a diagram of the measurements used. The dotted lines are for scoring and the solid two lines across the middle are to be cut.
Once your card base is scored, cut, and folded, you are ready to decorate the panels. Below is a chart I made for myself before I cut any of the mat layers, so that I would not confuse the measurements. Of course, you may adjust these to your liking:
"A" panel measures 5-1/2 x 2, mat is 5-3/8 x 1-7/8, dsp is 5-1/4 x 1-3/4 Qty of 2 needed;
"B" panel measures 1-1/2 x 4, mat is 1-3/8 x 3-7/8, dsp is 1-1/4 x 3-3/4 Qty of 2 needed;
"C" panel measures 2-1/2 x 2, mat is 2-3/8 x 1-7/8, dsp is 2-1/4 x 1-3/4 Qty of 2 needed;
"D" panel measures 1-1/2 x 2, mat is 1-3/8 x 1-7/8, dsp is 1-1/4 x 1-3/4 Qty of 4 needed;
"E" panel measures 4 x 2-1/2, mat is 3-7/8 x 2-3/8, dsp is 3-3/4 x 2-1/4 Qty of 1 needed.
For the top layer of my sample, I chose to use this gorgeous designer paper (or "dp") from the Prima "Reflections" line. Our Daily Bread designs carries a lovely variety of 6" x 6" paper pads by Prima and several other main-stream companies as well....check them out here.
Since the panel height of my tri-shutter card is 5-1/2, I needed to cut down the 6" designer paper to fit. I couldn't bear to lose the beautiful flowers on the corners, so I got a little "creative" with my paper snips. (See next photo.)
I cut strips from each side of the Prima paper for the two "A" panels, then I trimmed around the flower patterns on the tops of each outer piece. (The center piece of dsp will be used to decorate more of the tri-shutter card.)
The strips were adhered to the vanilla mats, then the flower corners were matched up and adhered over those!
Here are several views of the finished sample. I have used two different patterns from the Prima "Reflections" paper pack. The colors and designs in each pack coordinate beautifully with each other.
The scripture verses are from two of the three new anniversary sets, Scripture Collection 6 and Scripture Collection 7; the scripted butterflies are from the "Faith" set....I just had to use the butterflies from this set since the butterflies on the designer paper were "scripted" also...how cool!
Other items used: May Arts Crocheted Lace, Bow Easy tool, Basic Grey Opaline Pearls, and "Pearl" Glimmer Mist (which is being camera shy once again!)
This is what the card looks like closed....sort of....once again, oops, not a great photo!! The closed card measures 5-1/2 x 4, but would not be likely to fit very well in an A2 sized envelope because of the thickness of the layers.
One more close-up....just had to give you a good look at God's beautiful words!!! :)
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! If I skipped any steps or instructions, feel free to email me at angelladcrockett at yahoo dot com. Definitely give this technique a try.....it is much more simple than it appears.....the hard part for me was figuring out how to decorate it!!
If you liked the papers used on this tri-shutter sample, then you will LOVE the fact that all Prima 6"x6" paper packs are the Super Special Sale item this week......15% off until Saturday, April 2nd at midnight EDT! (Sale price will be reflected in your shopping cart.)
Thanks for visiting with us today! Stay tuned tomorrow for the final week of our monthly Let Your Light Shine Challenge!
Have a very blessed week!!
Product Review Writer