Saturday, September 5, 2009

Triplet Tri Shutter Cards

I made some more tri shutter cards for a very special occasion - our triplet nephews turned six and started school this week and we went to their party today.

It is very difficult to get all three of them to look the same direction at the same time!

I decided to try something different with these cards. Instead of making a solid color card base and adding decorative papers I made the cards from glitter cardstock which is quite sturdy.

The cardstock I chose was from this DCWV stack - it is full of fun animal images and overall patterns in bright colors. Here is a quick reminder of the steps for making this card (and a LINK to my post a few days ago with a different variation of the card).

Cut the cardstock to 12 x 5 1/2 inches. Score at the 2, 4, 8, and 10 inch marks. Since the cardstock was dark, I am holding it up so you can see the scored marks on the back. A Scor-Pal is highly recommended to easily make the scores evenly spaced.

Cut from the 2 inch score line to the 10 inch score line, 1 1/2 inches from the long edge. An easy way to do this is to cut the paper with a trimmer at the four inch mark to make the cut 1 1/2 inch from the opposite side. Then flip and repeat.

I use a Creative Memories straight trimmer which has a handy arrow to show you exactly where the blade is cutting. Just take the blade from the two inch mark to the ten inch mark on both sides and then you are ready to do the folding.

Fold the top and bottom bands in a mountain-valley-mountain-valley pattern. For the center of the card, skip the two inch score line and fold a mountain at the four inch mark and then a valley at the 8 inch mark (skipping the ten inch score line).

Here is a top view to help you see the folds.

I cut some panels from brown glitter cardstock using my Nestabilities - the second from the largest in the classic large scalloped rectangle set. I went back to my old Sizzix dies to cut the "6" from orange glitter cardstock using the "fun serif"' dies.

Foam adhesive strips cut from the sides of the foam squares pack help to raise the "6" on the scalloped rectangles for more dimension.

The three "6" panels - ready to add to the card fronts.

I put the adhesive on the card front to make sure that there would be no excess in areas where the scalloped rectangle did not overlap the card front.

The layer pieces were cut at 3 1/2 x 2 inches to allow a border of the base cardstock to show.

The tan pieces are cut from glitter cardstock and I added the personalization using a Martha Stewart glitter marker. These markers are very sparkly and fun to use.

The green textured cardstock was also cut at 3 1/2 x 2 inches. I placed the pieces carefully in the Happy Birthday Cuttlebug folder to get the section of embossing I wanted.

Here are the three embossed sections looking a little bit plain and hard to read!

I inked the edges of all of the panels and rubbed the ink pad across the embossed sections to highlight the "Happy Birthday."

Here is the inside view of one of the cards.

By working on all three at once I was able to complete the cards fairly quickly.

The boys seemed to like their cards.

Of course, the mountain of presents was probably the most interesting part of the afternoon for them!

I hope that you all are having a nice Labor Day weekend - our weather looks to be perfect for the next couple of days.


  1. Diane -- this is wonderful! I also have triplets in our family -- but girls! I love what you did for your nephews!!

  2. Love this card! I've thought about mking one but having to cut ALL the strips to decorate seemed to time consuming, but using a patterned paper is quicker and it looks very nice. Thanks for the idea.

  3. I love this card! I need to try to make one of these cards.

  4. Got your post about Italy, and I am not sure why my favorites pulled me to your cards...anyway I have pre-drafted posts & it works! What about posting links to your favorite blogs while away? You could share why you like it, which ones you subscribe too, where you get cut files, etc.
    Maybe do some posts about cut files you want to do when you return and how you are ispired by something you are seeing...don't forget to share your sewing items too!

  5. Love your card Diane...I also liked how you did your bday embossing using only part of the idea! The boys look like they had a blast. Thanks for sharing with us.



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