Thursday, June 11, 2015

Tri-fold shutter card tutorial

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Darcel Kirvan – An Independent Close to my Heart Consultant

Tri Fold Shutter Cards

Supplies Needed:

-          12 x12 cardstock (one sheet will make two card bases)
-          3 - 4 designed papers or coordinating cardstock colours (per card)
-          Scoring board
-          Paper cutter
-          Inks
-          Stamps
-          Adhesive of your choice for final card assembly
-          Other decorative elements as desired (eg: ribbon, string, sequins, die cuts etc.)

Tri Fold Shutter Instructions

Card Base
1.         One piece of 12” x 12” cardstock will make two card bases.  Card bases should measure 5½” x 12”.

2.         Score the card base at 2”, 4”, 8” and 10”.

3.         Measuring down 1 ½” from the top of the card, cut the card from the 2” score line to the 10” score line.  (Repeat on the bottom of the card.)

4.            Fold the card as follows, from left to right:

Top row: Mountain fold, valley fold, mountain fold, valley fold
Middle row: First fold already done, mountain fold, valley fold, last fold already done
Bottom row: First fold already done, valley fold, mountain fold, last fold already done

When folded the card should look like this:

Paper Pieces
Use a combination of patterned paper and coloured cardstock.  You will need four or five different patterns/colours.

A Pieces  – Cut 2 out of patterned paper #1 at 1 ¾” x 5 ¼”.
B Pieces – Cut 2 out of patterned paper #2 at 1 ¾” x 2 ¼”.
C Pieces – Cut 2 out of patterned paper #3 at 3 ¾” x 1 ¼”.
D Pieces – Cut 4 out of patterned paper #4 at 1 ¾” x 1 ¼”.
E Piece – Cut 1 out of plain cardstock at 3 ¾” x 2 ¼”.

Adhere the cut pieces to the appropriate spots on the card.
Decorate as desired using stamping, die cuts etc.  (Best to stamp on the cut pieces before adhering to the card base.)
-          Most designs using this card type, do pairings of cardstock patterns.  You don’t have to follow the exact pattern above.  Instead of doing four squares the same (D), I like to have diagonal pairs.  Top left and bottom right the same.  Top right and bottom left the same.  Find the pattern that works for you.
-          If you want to frame the squares/rectangles, use the cutting sizes above.  Then cut the paper piece for the  middle area, ¼” smaller.

Smaller Card Option (Uses 8 ½” x 11” paper for base):
To use 8 .5” x 11” paper for your cardbase, use the following dimensions: 5 ½” x 10 ½”.
Score as follows:
1 ¾”, 3 ½ ”, 7”, 8 ¾”
Here are some samples of some Tri-fold shutter cards that I have made:
Supplies Used:

Masculine Happy Birthday card

Paper: Jackson B&T Duo, White Daisy cardstock, Glacier cardstock    

Stamps: Seaside Greetings (D1609)

Inks: Cocoa, Glacier

Monkey Happy Birthday card

Paper: Jackson B&T Duo, White Daisy cardstock, Glacier cardstock

Stamps: Happy Everything (D1653), Wild Wonders (C1558), Your Own Kind of Wonderful (D1627)

Inks: Barn Red, Cocoa, Glacier 

Happy Everything card

Paper: Blossom, Pear cardstock, White Daisy cardstock

Stamps: Shower Flowers (C1612)

Inks: Sorbet, Pear, Smoothie, Lagoon, Glacier

Accessories: Coral Reef Sequins (Z3042)

Sublime card

Paper: Taste of Summer, White Daisy cardstock

Stamps: Taste of Summer (CC1039)

Inks: Black, Topiary, Hollyhock, Cranberry

Orange You Sweet card

Paper: Taste of Summer, White Daisy cardstock

Stamps: Taste of Summer (CC1039)

Inks: Black, Sunset, Goldrush

Friday, June 5, 2015

CTMH In My Home

Welcome to the Brae-er Team Blog Hop! 
This month we want to show you how CTMH products can be used in the home.  

If you have come from Tamara's blog, then you're on the right track.  If not, this is a circular blog and you can pick up anywhere and see all of the posts.

The beauty of Close to my Heart's distinct papers and colours aren't just for scrapbooking or cardmaking - they can be used in many different ways, in many different places.

My husband and I are excited about our upcoming Mediterranean cruise.  To keep that energy going until the day we fly away, I decided to make a countdown tool.  The flexibility and versatility of both magnets and chalk make the Designed Decor Red Magnetic Chalkboard the perfect base for this countdown.

Z2006 - $31.75

The map and headline pieces can later be used on my scrapbook pages to commemorate what will be a trip of a lifetime. I have used colours to coordinate with the Wanderful paper pack.

X7191B - $10.95
The map pieces were fussy cut from various cardstock colours (White Daisy, Crystal Blue, Smoothie and Gypsy).  The text was stamped using Handwritten Print (E1030) and Curlicue Alphabet (Cricut collection, D1630) with Black, Crystal Blue and Gypsy mini pigment inks.

For more information on any of these Close to my Heart products, 
contact your CTMH consultant,
or check out my website at

Now check out the next blog in our hop: Sheri Says Just Scrap It.