Tri-Shutter Card

by Bonnie Szwalkiewicz

Special occasions call for special cards. This one will fit the bill!


  • One 5 1/2" x 12" piece of Cardstock
  • Scor-Pal™ or other scoring tool
  • Paper Cutter
  • Patterned Paper
  • Bone Folder
  • Craft Knife
  • Ruler
  • Adhesive


  1. Step 1

    Place 5 ½” x 12" piece of cardstock horizontally in your Scor-Pal.

    Score at 2”, 4”, 8” and 10”.

  2. Step 2

    Turn cardstock a ¼ turn.

    Along the long edge, measure in 1 ½” .

    Make a slit with a craft knife between the score marks at 2” and 10”. Repeat on the other long side.

  3. Step 3

    Fold card as pictured.

  4. Step 4

    Using card base as a template, trace the section with the T-shaped fold onto patterned paper.

    Cut two of this shape.

  5. Step 5

    Trim 1/16” from all sides of patterned paper.

  6. Step 6

    Cut 4 pieces of patterned paper 1-3/8" x 1-7/8" .

    Cut 2 pieces of patterned paper 1 3/8” x 3 7/8”.

    Cut 1 piece of patterned paper 2 3/8” x 3 7/8”.

    Dry fit all of the pieces, then adhere to card base.

  7. Step 7

    Now that the basic Tri-Shutter card is complete, go forth! Embellish & decorate.

    If you are interested on how the Fan Fold Flowers were created, check this tutorial.

  8. View of the card closed.



    To use 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock:
    Trim cardstock to 5" x 10 1/2".
    Score at 1 3/4", 3 1/2", 7" and 8 3/4". Cut your lines horizontally at 1 1/2" and 3 1/2" from the first to the last score line.You will end up with a card that measures 3 1/2″ × 5″.

Your Turn

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

This is beautiful!!
Kathy  |  Wed Oct 21, 2009 at 9:23 PM
Thanka a million your instruction was excellent and especially the tutorial, I am in a scrapbook group and we exchange cards for christmas so you can guess what card I will be giving this year.

Again Thank You
Lula Tomlin  |  Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 3:26 PM
Made the card last night before watching the video. Lost of mistakes (Scraps of pretty paper for other cards) before getting it right. This makes it so much easier. Should have watched the video first!
Vicki  |  Sat Oct 31, 2009 at 5:32 PM
Hi, love the tutorial, I made my first card. I think this is now my favorite. I even ordered the Scor-Pal to make my life easier. Could you please tell me what paper cutter you are using in the video? I need one that has better measurements. Thank You.
Lisa  |  Sun Nov 1, 2009 at 9:18 PM
Popped in to find out how this was made and think I can manage to use these special cards for a youth group auction item. Lisa (previous post). . . the cutter is a Fiskars cutter. I've been wanting one also.
mrslaporte  |  Sun Nov 22, 2009 at 4:34 PM
Thanks for such a wonderul tutorial, Beate. I have always wanted to try making one of there cards but they looked so intricate I kept putting it off. Your tutorial makes it looks soooo easy that I am going to try one now. Thanks again, your work is amazing.
Ozcat  |  Fri Jan 1, 2010 at 11:37 PM
this is a great site gives easy to follow instructions +videos which is great for beginers like me
joan  |  Sat Feb 13, 2010 at 11:09 AM
Thank you SOOOOOO much for the thorough and well spoken tutorial. I have watched 4-5 tutorials and then read several sets of instructions only to end up more frustrated than I had been when I started. Your tutorial has clear, concise directions which are understandable to even newbies to card making like me.
Thank you again!
Peg  |  Fri Feb 26, 2010 at 8:53 AM
I just measured all of my Stampin Up CS, and it is just shy of 12x12 inches. How can I adjust the measurements to make up for is probably about 1/8 inch or so shy of 12x12.
Beverly Tank  |  Thu Apr 15, 2010 at 11:44 AM
Thank You so Much!!!! I am soooo excited to get started. Amazing artwork.
Michele  |  Tue May 4, 2010 at 8:07 PM
Awesome tutorial. Thank you so much. Heading in to make one of these for my Mother's day card! Thanks for sharing your time and talent!
Paula Anne Smith  |  Sat May 8, 2010 at 10:14 AM
Hi Bonnie:

I live in Canada and have been trying to find the paper piercing tool that you have. I want the matt with the holes and the tool you use to punch holes with. Can you tell me where you bought your's and the name of the kit? I want to look on-line but don't know tha actual name of the kit. Also it is only on-line that I can get a Scor Pal. Frustrating. But love your ideas.
Faith Kennedy  |  Wed Jun 23, 2010 at 8:45 AM
Hi Faith,
I think you are talking about the paper piercing tool used in the video? I use the paper piercer from Making Memories. The mats are from Stampin' Up!'s mat pack.
You can purchase the Scor-Pal directly from the Scor-Pal store. There are many other online stores that carry it. Just type in Scor-Pal into your internet search engine.
That's one tool I can't be without.
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Jun 23, 2010 at 9:58 AM
Loved this card thanks for the video. it was a great hit with my friends
kitcatforever  |  Tue Aug 24, 2010 at 8:17 PM
We have posted your tutorial on our web site:
Dailyelf  |  Thu Sep 2, 2010 at 12:12 PM
Thank you for doing this tutorial smile. A friend of mine wanted a special card to give to one of her workmates who is being married in a couple of weeks and she asked me to make her one. The tri shutter card is PERFECT!!
Robyn  |  Wed Sep 8, 2010 at 11:26 PM
thank you so much for this great tutorial. I just loved it to do this card and in general I am not good at al with scoring and measurments...

heikehaush  |  Sat Nov 6, 2010 at 11:08 PM
Just discovered your site from craft stamper and i really like it. Patricia
Patricia O'Leary  |  Thu Nov 18, 2010 at 11:44 AM
Hi my question is...if you dont have a score pal what are the measurements you need to score and cut at? And is the sheet a normal A4 size?
Christine  |  Sat Jan 29, 2011 at 6:20 PM
Hi Christine,
The score and cut measurements are listed in the steps above. 8 1/2" x 11" is A4 size.

Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Sat Jan 29, 2011 at 8:41 PM

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