Friday, October 11, 2013

Trifold Shutter Card - Step by Step Tutorial

I've had a few requests to post a step by step tutorial on how to make a Trifold Shutter Card.
If anything isn't clear or you have any questions please don't hesitate to leave a message after this post on my blog. Please join my blog if not already a follower as I intend to post by request any card templates and how to make them if requested.

Note:  You will need to understand what a valley fold and a mountain fold is - when you do a valley fold it is folded downwards like a valley and a mountain fold is like a peak- just like a mountain.

Cardstock used: I highly recommend you use a very good cardstock, I use Kaisercraft as it is a very good quality for when you are making your own cards from scratch. As I have in the past used a cheaper brand and the card just won't stand the embellishments so it's good to have a really good cardstock, I think the Kaisercraft is around 216gsm.

STEP 1- Firstly we need to start with a piece of cardstock which measures 12 inches x 5.5 inches, this will be your card base. Please refer to the picture below as we need to place the piece of cardstock on your scoring board with the long side (12") up against the top of your scorer.

Then score at 2",4", 8" and 10".

Once you have done this you need to cut long ways from the 2" to the 10" Score Lines and 1.5" from each edge top and bottom. I like to draw a line from the 2" score line to the 10" score line before I make the cut. If you have a grid cutting mat I suggest you use this to enable you to make a straight cut. I also recommend you use a metal ruler when cutting with your craft knife.

STEP 2- Once you have made your 2 cuts from the 2"score line to the 10" score lines it is now time to crease your scored lines.
Now you have made your cuts you have 3 sections.
On the 4" scored line on the two outer pieces you need to fold them with a valley fold and on the two outer edges of the 8" scored line you need to fold them with a mountain fold.
Then in the middle section on the 4"fold line you need to make that a mountain fold and on the 8" fold line you need to make that a valley fold.
Using a bone folder you need to run this along all your creases to make them nice and crisp.
The picture below shows you how your card should look now you have made your two cuts and done your mountain and valley folds.
You may need to play with it a bit with the folds till you are happy it is standing as you want it to.

Step 3 - Close your card and run your bone folder over all the creases. The good thing about this card is it will fit in a normal envelope but be warned don't over embellish it or it won't fit into the normal size envelope. I do love to add charms, bling and heaps of embellishments. If I am going to do this I usually present it in a handmade box. I am hoping to do a tutorial on a handmade box for cards as well in a couple of weeks so if it's something you would like to learn let me know.

The below picture is the card closed.

Step 4 - The next step is to cut out in a  corresponding cardstock your panels, so open your card and you can count you have 11 panels. I measure one panel at a time and then cut my cardstock out for this panel .25" smaller than the panel. e.g. If your two ends measure 2" x 5.5" I would cut my panel 1.75" x 5.25". There is no right and wrong way to the size you make your panels but I find it's nice to be able to see a little of the base cardstock colour.

The picture below shows all my panels cut and adhered to my card - I recommend you use double sided tape, just a strip on two sides of your panel as it is more friendly if you need to lift it off to reposition it.

Step 5 -  You are now ready to embellish your card. Have fun, just experiment and there is no wrong or right way to how you embellish your cards. I like to pick a scrapbooking paper that has borders or squares and a corresponding sticker sheet. This way you know it's going to correspond well. The picture below is my finished Trifold Shutter Card with everything listed I used on the card to give you an idea. Happy Card Making! I've really enjoyed doing this tutorial for you and hope you will join my blog if not already a follower and tell your friends.

Take the time to look at my other cards on my blog, you will find on the side menu on the left hand side of the blog. If you are interested in knowing how I made any of them let me know and I will do a tutorial for you as time permits.


Some extra ideas for embellishing

Try using some Vellum Paper on a panel, charms, use smaller sort of flowers as these aren't bulky, rhinestones and pearls, bling - it's up to you how much or how little you add. I've only slightly embellished this one as it is being posted so I wanted it to fit in a normal envelope.

Product used in this card

Base Cardstock - Kaisercraft Vanilla CD113
Cardstock on Panels - Kaisercraft Mist CD171
Paper on Panels - Kaisercraft Miss Empire Collection Steampunk P1209
Sticker Sheet - Kaisercraft Miss Empire Collection SS187
Pearl Runners - Molossi
All other embellishments I had in my own personal stash.

I hope this tutorial  has been helpful and hope you enjoy making these Trifold Shutter Cards as much as I do. It amazes me how each one looks so different.


  1. Thanks so much for this tutorial Angela. You make it look so easy that I want to try it now. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. Thank you for wanting to place a badge on your blog for me. I appreciate that so much. Send me an email for me to give you a badge. My email is I have become a follower of your blog and wish you good luck in building yours as well. It takes time and lots of work; but worth it I think. Have a fabulous week! Hugs, Gloria

  2. Thank you Gloria - once you have done one shutter card you will want to do more. I found no one would give me measurements on how to make one of these so I decided to do a tutorial as I am sure there are others that would love to make one of these. With each one I make even though it's the same template they all turn out so different. Enjoy! Ange:)

  3. Angela, thanks for the tutorial, I have also just made one of these cards recently. Your card is stunning, thanks for sharing it with us over at Creative Craft Cottage.

  4. your card is very beautiful thank you for participating in Creative Craft Cottage

    1. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog , I would love you to consider joining my blog if you don't mind. I love this style card - it's so versatile. Ange