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2009-05-05 TRI Shutter card & Tutorial (full card front)


I wanted to try my hand at a “manly” Tri Shutter Card. I also wanted to see if I could make the fold so that I had a full card front. Here’s my first try, The basic directions are on the pictures.

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Here is the way it should be folded in order to get a full card front when the card is finished.
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Here is the card all folded flat; ready to be put into an envelope after embellishment.
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And now the card Embellished; front only:
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Spread out so you can see all the folds
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One last view of the card standing up so you can see all the folds.
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Stamp Credits et al.
Cuttlebug embossing folder (script)
man image & text behind him by Time to Stamp
Faux Brads (Tutorial Here if you want it)

Interior words & Stamped Images
Youth is a circumstance… by Cloud 9 Design
Aged to Perfection & Tree by Cloud 9 Design
May your Birthday…by Hero Arts
Clock Face & admit ticket by Tim Holtz

Decorative Scrapbook Papers by The Slab III and Basic Gray.

The link to the basic tri shutter folder sample is here.

Finished sample of card based on 5.5″ x 11″ card stock HERE



N-E-W!! VIDEO TUTORIAL! Beate Johns was kind enough to make a complete video tutorial on my TRI Shutter card sample. It is hosted on under resources.

Here is the direct link: Video Tutorial on TRI Shutter Card

You’ll need to scroll down the page past the photo tutorial (don’t forget to look at the newest version of TRI Shutter card that I made along with a fan fold flower!); at the bottom you will see the video.

Not only does she make another wonderful sample for you to see, but you get to hear her cute little accent!

43 Comments leave one →
  1. Colleen Wheat permalink
    2009/05/05 7:00 am

    This is gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing! I love what you made here! I might even have to give this a try after seeing your wonderful creation!

  2. 2009/05/05 7:03 am

    Wow what an awesome card! So many details. A work of art from the heart I am sure!

  3. 2009/05/05 7:05 am

    Very cute! TFS!

  4. 2009/05/05 7:17 am

    Wow if that isnt a great design and you executed it beautifully!!! Love the colors too

  5. Barb S (FL) permalink
    2009/05/05 7:37 am

    This card is absolutely fantastic.. So much detail into it. Thank you for sharing with us…
    barb S.

  6. 2009/05/05 8:06 am

    Awesome card, Bonnie! Now I suppose I’ll have to give this one a try, too:)

  7. Mary-Jane permalink
    2009/05/05 8:35 am

    Another great card! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Chris Hnatiuk permalink
    2009/05/05 8:55 am

    Hi Bonnie,
    My oh my, this is another gorgeous card! You had really inspired me with your first tri-shutter card, so I made one for my friend’s BD. I don’t have a blog to link to show you, but I could email you the photo if you like…I think it turned out pretty good! Now I’m going to try your full card face version–thanks for being so innovative & sharing your wonderful gift!
    Chris in Calgary, Alberta Canada

  9. 2009/05/05 9:02 am

    This is wonderful Bonnie! I’m doing the tri-shutter card as one of my May class projects, so having the full cardfront version is perfect. Love love LOVE your masculine color combos here.

  10. vigilant20 permalink
    2009/05/05 9:14 am

    You do such wonderful tutorials! The card turned out awesome.

  11. 2009/05/05 9:55 am

    Awesome card. WOW! TFS
    Hope I figure out the directions. i am so ADD at times.
    If U want to do me a favor send me one scored one.
    Gayle Schrock SU Sr. Demo

  12. Audrey permalink
    2009/05/05 10:23 am

    Bonnie, I saw your post on LNS group and came to your blog. This card is absolutely fab!! I love the colors and how you used so many different parts to put together a cohesive card! Thanks for sharing!!

  13. 2009/05/05 11:04 am

    Bonnie another winner for sure! This is gorgeous and I love the papers/accents you used.

  14. 2009/05/05 11:14 am

    Love this one too.. Very clever, and the Basic Gray paper is outstanding.

  15. Lori permalink
    2009/05/05 1:44 pm


    Love the share!!!

    I wanted to email you and see if you could possibly adjust this card to use the standard 8 1/2 x 11 paper or card stock
    ex: 5 1/2 x 11

    email me at

  16. 2009/05/05 3:31 pm

    Bonnie these are absolutely gorgeous photos and thanks for sharing the tutorial, off to see the faux brads one

  17. 2009/05/05 5:28 pm

    Bonnie! YOU ROCK!! I love this card – it turned out so GORGEOUS!!! And so manly! I am now torn between liking the full front card and the split front card – they are both fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing your directions and talent! Joy

  18. 2009/05/05 6:11 pm

    This is a beautiful card and you have inspired me to make one myself.Thanks for sharing.

  19. Karen S permalink
    2009/05/05 8:34 pm

    Beautiful card! I will have to try one of these cards. I think I like the full front better. Thank you for sharing your talent and the tutorial.

  20. jogry permalink
    2009/05/05 8:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful card, gave me some more ideas how to make these,

  21. LaToya permalink
    2009/05/08 10:51 am

    I came across a tri-chutter card for the first time on someone else’s blog and decided to goggle search and see if I could find more. That’s how I came across your blog. You did a beautiful job and I love the paper and all the accents you did. Great manly card.

  22. 2009/05/12 7:34 pm

    Wow! Bonnie, that is an amazing creation! Just beautiful.

  23. DawnL permalink
    2009/05/18 4:17 pm

    thanks for both of the tutorials…beautiful and so much fun!

  24. 2009/05/24 9:00 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial! Will be uploading my card to my blog tomorrow 🙂

  25. 2009/05/31 5:10 am

    A great spin off the wonderful original Bonnie!

  26. 2009/06/13 4:17 am

    hi bonny, thanks for the fantastic tutorials for different forms wof Tri-Shutter-Cards! 🙂
    I made one for a friend:
    your samples all are simply GORGEOUS!!!

    warm greetings (from germany)

  27. 2009/06/13 7:44 pm

    I adore cards that ‘do’ something, thanks for the tutorial, I’ve saved a copy so I can give it a try this week!

  28. 2009/06/17 4:06 am

    Thanks for this, I’ll definitely be having a go at this one. Stunning work.

  29. Vivian permalink
    2009/06/20 4:33 pm

    WOW! That is beautiful, and your directions are spot on. Thanks for sharing.

  30. 2009/07/11 6:18 am

    Lovely card..beautifully made. Already have a link to your blog!

    (If that’s okay)


  31. 2009/07/29 9:34 pm

    I loved this card so much I had to make one. Thanks so much for sharing all of your wonderful ideas. I have put a reference to your site on my blog.
    Thanks for the inspiration and all your gorgeous creations!

  32. 2009/12/13 8:45 am

    realy love this blog post,can i bookmark you site, :))

  33. 2010/03/28 4:29 pm

    This card is absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!!!!

  34. 2010/05/13 9:54 am

    Hi distant relative, Bonnie,

    Wow, this is a great card. I am going to try to figure out how to digitalize part of it so that I can enter it into the competition of the Scrapbook club I belong to. I have never seen anything like this and it is gorgeous! I like the butterflies.

    Thanks so much

  35. Lady Di 55 permalink
    2011/03/16 2:43 am

    Thank You So Much for the information. I have admired the tri fold cards for some time but have not tried to accomplish the card on my own. Thanks for the directions.

  36. Irena Fabisiak permalink
    2011/12/06 6:15 am

    Ive just made a couple of these cards for Christmas and Im hooked. Thank you for sharing the how to on this card. Irena from down under.

  37. Hiipi permalink
    2012/07/26 2:55 pm

    Niiiin hieno! Terveisiä Suomesta.

    via google translate: Soooo nice! Greetings from Finland.


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