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.

Great tutorial!! Cute, Cute Card! Nice job.
Jeannette Kinney  |  Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 8:04 AM
Totally clever--TFS.
Donna Friedrich  |  Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 8:31 AM
This is definately going on my list of to dos. I really love this! Got to find the perfect stamps for inside the window.
Patsy Moffitt  |  Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 6:08 PM
Thank you very much for your tutorial I love it. Wow is so nice.
Maritza A. De Quiroz  |  Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 6:47 PM
Hi I just wanted to say I totally love this card, Im gonna give it a try tomorrow. Thanks so much for the time you took to do this. Your directions are very simple.
Lynn  |  Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 6:36 PM
I saw where you used the tape to hold the stuff together to run it through the Big Shot. My Stampin Up rep taught us to use 3M Sticky Notes to hold stuff together - and there's no tape residue. It works fantastically!
Jan Stauffer  |  Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:28 AM
I really love this and looks real easy to do. Going to try this for my sister's birthday next month!! Thanks for sharing...
Cindy Fleszar  |  Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 7:41 AM
OMG, that is the neatest idea ever!!!! I just Pinned it, and I'm sure it'll get re-pinned ton of times; thanks for the "blinds" idea!
Valerie  |  Mon Mar 4, 2013 at 9:27 AM
You are awsome. I am a visual person and the video really helped me a lot. Thank You!
RAENELLE J. SCHACHNER  |  Mon Mar 4, 2013 at 5:00 PM
GREAT tutorial. Oh the possibilities.

Thank you.
Diane Schulte  |  Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Thanks Diane for this great tutorial !
You can find my card here :
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2361672?&cat=500&ppuser=205884
greetings,
niki
Monique ( nik1 )  |  Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 5:09 AM

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