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General Techniques

Shutter Card Directions

by Barbara Bruder


One 5 1/2" x 12" piece of Cardstock

Scor-Palβ„’ or other scoring tool

Paper Trimmer

Patterned Paper or Solid Cardstock

Bone Folder

Craft Knife




1. Scoring:

Place 5.5” x 12" piece of cardstock horizontally in your Scor-Pal.

Score at 2”, 4”, 6”, 8” and 10”.

2. Make two lengthwise cuts:

Turn cardstock a 1/4 turn, so the 12” side is vertical. Along the 12” edge, measure in 1.5 inches. With a ruler keeping the edge straight, make a straight cut from the 2” score line to the 10” score line, 1.5” in.

Turn cardstock so the other 12” side is vertical, and repeat the steps, forming a long cut between score lines 2” and 10”, 1.5 inches in.

3. Folding

Top & Bottom: Accordion fold at score lines: 2”, 4”, 6”, 8” and 10” score marks.

Center section: Accordion fold at score lines, 2”, 4”, 6”, 8” and 10”. Change the fold to fold in opposite direction as the top and bottom sections.

4. Layering the card:

Top & Bottom Accordion Panels: Cut 6 pieces of patterned paper or Cardstock 1.25” x 1.75”.

Back Panel: Cut 1 pieces of patterned paper or Cardstock 1.75” x 5.25”.

Center Accordion Panels: Cut 3 piece of patterned paper or Cardstock 2.25” x 1.75”.

Front Panel: Cut 1 pieces of patterned paper or Cardstock 4” x 5.5”.

NOTE: for an interesting look, use decorative scissors, trimmers or punches.

5. Attaching decorative pieces and panels:

Decorate the layer panels as desired with stamps, glitters, embossing powders, ribbons, flockings, or other embellishments. NOTE: Some of the embellishments may need to be added after the panel pieces are adhered to the card panels.

Accordion & Back Panel Pieces: Center in their appropriate card panel locations using your favorite adhesive.

Front Panel: Attach to 1st panel of card, by adhering the 2” strip on the left side of the back of the front panel.

Finished card dimensions (when folded) are 4” x 5.5”. Even with the added folds and layers, this card may be mailed in standard A2 envelope.

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