Mini Blinds

by Diane Zechman

Add blinds over your image that open and close.

Supplies

  • One 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock for card base
  • One 4" x 5 1/4" piece of cardstock or patterned paper for card front layer
  • One 2 3/8" x 4 7/8" piece of patterned paper for blind
  • One 3/4" x 3 1/8" piece of cardstock or patterned paper for valance
  • One 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" scrap of cardstock for die cutting
  • Scor-Pal™
  • Scor-Tape™
  • Glue
  • Stamps, Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes used here
  • Ink, Tuxedo Black Memento Ink used here
  • Crop-a-Dile™, or other hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Rectangle Nestabilities©, or other nested dies
  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Large Eyed Needle, optional

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Adhere the layer to the card front. Using the next to the largest size of the Large Rectangle Nestabilities©, die cut an opening in the card front only.

    Hint:
    If you don’t have Rectangle Nestabilities, simply cut a 2 3/8" x 3" opening in the card front with a paper trimmer or craft knife.

  2. Step 2

    Using the same die, along with the largest die, diecut a piece of complementary cardstock to create a window frame. Use a little tape to hold them in place if necessary. Attach this frame to the card front.

  3. Step 3

    Score the 4 7/8" side of the patterned paper for the blind every 3/8″.

    Hint:
    To do this on the Scor-Pal™- first align the paper against the left fence and score at 3/8″, 3/4″, 1 1/2″, 2 1/4″, 3″, 3 3/4″, and 4 1/2″.

  4. Step 4

    Next, move the paper over so the left edge is aligned at the 1/8″ groove. Score at 1 1/4″, 2″, 2 3/4″, 3 1/2″, and 4 1/4″.

  5. Step 5

    Starting with a valley fold at the top, accordian fold the blind. Then, holding it folded up, punch each end with the smallest hole of the Crop-A-Dile.

  6. Step 6

    Unfold. It should now look like this…

  7. Step 7

    Lightly trace the window opening onto the inside of the card with a pencil.

    Hint:
    If using a colored cardstock base, first adhere a neutral layer of cardstock to the inside.

  8. Step 8

    Open the card and stamp images as desired using the pencil lines as a guide.

  9. Step 9

    Color your stamped images, if needed, and erase the pencil lines.

  10. Step 10

    Attach the top section of the blind to the inside of the card front, aligning the first (top) scored line with the top of the window opening.

  11. Step 11

    Apply Scor-Tape™ or glue to the inside of the card front as shown. Adhere the front to the back. (The finished card will not open like a normal card.)

  12. Step 12

    Thread ribbon through the holes in the blind, starting and ending at the top. A large-eyed needle may be used to thread the ribbon through if needed. Knot ends of ribbon.

  13. Step 13

    To create a valance, score the 3/4” side at 1/4″. Then punch the other side with a scallop edge punch.
    Attach valance to the top of the window and finish card as desired.

  14. Step 14

    Pull both ribbon tails at the same time, in opposite directions, to make the blind go up.

  15. Step 15

    Your finished card open.

  16. Finished card closed.

Video!

Variations

    Try using a window die instead of the rectangle dies to create the opening. Adjust the width of the blind as necessary.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Mini Blinds. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Oh my - I've had this idea bookmarked in my to-do list for some time; what a bonus to have the tutorial here at my fingertips! It looks like such fun.
Sabrina Friel  |  Wed Jan 9, 2013 at 2:06 AM
Thank You so much.......awesome video
lisa walker  |  Wed Jan 9, 2013 at 2:55 AM
How cool is this....love this idea...thank you so much for sharing this with us....love it...
Gloria Westerman  |  Wed Jan 9, 2013 at 3:38 AM
Love this idea! Can't wait to try it myself! Thank you for sharing.
Kaye Zeller  |  Wed Jan 9, 2013 at 4:58 AM
I love this idea. Ty for the tutorial x
Heather Gilbert  |  Wed Jan 9, 2013 at 5:08 AM
Thanks for sharing this adorable card. I have saved the tute and instructions for when I have more time, but I am so going to try this. Maybe for Valentines Day. LOVE, Love, love. Have a super wonderful day.
Beverly Benson  |  Wed Jan 9, 2013 at 5:50 AM
What a great idea, would be good for Valentines day with a heart under the blind. Thanks for sharing.
Jill Digwood  |  Wed Jan 9, 2013 at 5:53 AM
Wonderful tut! Adorable card. Thank you.
Janet Nelson  |  Wed Jan 9, 2013 at 6:21 AM
OMG!! How stinkin' cute! Gonna try this out right now.
Jen Moses  |  Wed Jan 9, 2013 at 6:30 AM
What a cool card! I just want to point out that the inside white paper does not need to be as long since you will be adhering the card front shut.
Lisa McBean  |  Wed Jan 9, 2013 at 6:51 AM
Thank You for including the cut dimensions of the nestabilities, not all of us use dies, We have cutting machines to cut the rectangles.
PAMELA LEHTO  |  Wed Jan 9, 2013 at 8:53 AM
Absolutely love it. I have a new baby card to do today and I am sure I can incorporate this idea. Thank you so much for the idea. The video is excellent. Look forward to more.
Mary Lou  |  Wed Jan 9, 2013 at 9:00 AM
Changed it up a bit to double-open the card for a sentiment. Opened inside and placed a 4" X 5 1/4" piece of light cardstock, scored in middle and lined up with center of outside; taping both sides to each side of center line. Then I taped the front piece of light cardstock to the front of card (after completing window, blind, etc.,) instead of the entire front piece to the back piece of cardstock. This allowed me to open the card and stamp/write a sentiment; while all the taping is hidden. Worked extremely well.
Pamela Roundy  |  Wed Jan 9, 2013 at 9:21 AM
*NOTE* Cook22 added beads to the ribbon on her card. I didn't put beads on the one in the tut because I needed to mail it but they are definitely a cute addition!
ALSO...if you like to add some "instructions" with your interactive cards when mailing, I have a printable sheet on my blog here:
http://papercookies.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2013/01/09/mini-blind-card-tutorial-with-video/
cookiestamper  |  Wed Jan 9, 2013 at 9:59 AM
It's TOO adorable! Thank you for the tutorial!
Rosy Newlun  |  Wed Jan 9, 2013 at 11:59 AM
WHAT A CUTE IDEA!!!!!!!!!!! THANKS FOR SHARING! smile
Becky Green  |  Wed Jan 9, 2013 at 2:43 PM
Great tutorial! I've wanted to make one for some time now and your video is the final nudge to get me going. Thank you too for the downloadable instruction sheet on your blog. That's a good thing to add to these cards.
Kelly Clark  |  Wed Jan 9, 2013 at 5:51 PM
I haven't even watched the tutorial yet, I can't stop looking at your gorgeous card. I can't wait to give it a go. Thanks so much.
Susie Williams  |  Wed Jan 9, 2013 at 9:58 PM
This is so cute! What a wonderful idea.
Rebekka Reed  |  Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 4:29 AM
Oh Wow that is so cool, thanks for sharing the video!
conniecrafter  |  Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 6:32 AM

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