Modified Tri-Shutter Card

by Kim Score

Create a modified Tri-Shutter card with a few scores and cutting lines.


  • Card Stock
  • Patterned Papers
  • Rubber Stamps (Peachy Keen Stamps used)
  • Ink Pads
  • Embellishments of choice
  • Paper Cutter
  • Scoring Tool
  • Cutting Mat
  • Hobby Blade
  • Ruler
  • Adhesive, Dimensionals (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Cut a 6" x 8" piece of cardstock for the base. On the long side, score at 2", 3", 5" and 6". On the short side, score at 1" and 5".

  2. Step 2

    On both sides of the center section, use a hobby blade and ruler to cut out the 1” x 4” sections.

  3. Step 3

    Decorate the panels with patterned paper. For the large side and center panels, cut 1 7/8" x 5 7/8" size pieces (this will cover those extra score lines). For the four small panel sections, cut 7/8" x 7/8" pieces.

  4. Step 4

    Push the two large side panels towards the back center. Sharpen the scores in the small square panels at the top and bottom. A picture of the front

  5. and back of the folded card is included.

  6. Step 5

    Create a 4" x 4" decorative center for the card.

  7. Step 6

    Attach the decorative center with adhesive (or dimensionals).

    Finished card will free stand as shown. To keep card closed, you may want to wrap ribbon around card and tie a bow.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Modified Tri-Shutter Card. 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.

Hi Kim-Thank you for sharing! Great tutorial--love your WI accent and watching a "lefty" do a project! I am going to try one of these--fun!
Susanne Gleason  |  Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 8:14 AM
Love the card and tutorial! This is definitely a must try card. Perfect for so many different card ideas!
Kathy Denny  |  Thu Sep 19, 2013 at 2:31 PM
Love it and going to have to try it. Thanks for sharing and for the great tutorial too..
Shannon Fitzgerald  |  Sat Sep 21, 2013 at 5:54 PM
HI All, the primary reason I cut out the 2 panels is to lessen the bulk of the card and to add more interest. It looks pretty neat from the side. It also holds it's shape better with the panels cut out. Just a thought. You wouldn't have to remove the panels if you didn't want to.
Kim Score  |  Sun Sep 22, 2013 at 6:24 PM
I love it and it was fairly easy to do. My nieces are excited to do this for their friends for Halloween C
Corrine Keltner  |  Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 4:28 PM
Love the card and can be changed for so many holidays.
Anna Forsman  |  Wed Oct 2, 2013 at 6:37 AM
Wonderful technique and a great tutorial.
Dawn Haylock  |  Wed Oct 2, 2013 at 7:46 PM
Love this card. Great tutorial. LUV how wonderful your bow looks.
Trish Bennett  |  Wed Oct 2, 2013 at 8:29 PM
I was wondering the same thing until Kim stood her card up in the video and loved the overall affect those open areas, the cutouts provide. The 4x4 center piece really stands out nicely.
You can always try it w/o but I think you'll prefer it with those 2 sections cut out.

Thanks Kim for a great tutorial, I'll definitely be trying this one out!
Karen Thede  |  Wed Oct 9, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Very cute card idea. A member of my stamp club, further modified it so it would fit into an A2 format. Here is my card from my blog. I uploaded to the Gallery.. but not positive it really uploaded.
Jocelyn Cazier  |  Sun Jan 19, 2014 at 12:26 PM

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