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Topic: Mondrian Inspired Tri-Shutter Birthday Card  (Read 426 times)
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« on: June 05, 2018 05:04:14 PM »

This birthday tri-shutter card features a Piet Mondrian inspired design of abstract rectangles in primary colors.

The inspiration?   Last summer I happened to watch the pilot of The Partridge Family--the one where they decide to form a band, and they paint the school bus?  (If you don't know what I'm talking about, poor you, you have no idea of the fabulousness of the Friday night tv line-up of the early 1970s).

This is what a tri-shutter card template looks like.  Black lines are to be cut, and red lines are folded.

Essentially, the card is divided vertically into 6 equal parts, with the center two pieces merged.
Here I have drawn pink lines to show those 6 equal parts.

The horizontal divisions do not need to be equal.

To assemble this, I cut the entire design from white card stock and left it adhered to the cutting mat from my Silhouette Cameo.  This created the framework.  I then removed rectangles as needed, and replaced them with the various colors.

In the next picture I've pulled out some of the white and replaced with yellow and black.

Once I had all the colors in place, I stuck the pieces together with painter's tape and removed the cutting mat... 

then pulled off the framework...

and glued the whole thing to a black backing card.

After the glue dried, I cut the card horizontally along the cutting lines and creased it on the vertical fold lines.
I cut white Happy Birthday! letters from adhesive vinyl and transferred them to the card.

This is what it looks like when folded flat for mailing.


« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2018 02:11:31 AM »

Wow, ceep, I've seen this type of card before but you not only chose the perfect design style, Mondrian, to fit the style of the tri-fold card, but then went an extra step further with your cutting and exactness of the template! Lesser people like me would have just printed the design on one page then cut the tri-fold. (If I could even have thought this up in the first place!)
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2018 04:27:28 AM »

That is SO COOL! I really appreciate your how-to, it's excellent. Thanks!

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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2018 07:12:53 AM »

That's a pretty trippy card!  It reminds me of a Rubik's cube as well.  Great job and thank you for also sharing how you went about creating it!
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2018 07:14:14 AM »

Wow, that's such a great card!

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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2018 01:06:07 PM »

very cool card!

Love the design. You put in an amazing amount of work. I would have just coloured it in!

I love folded cards - - have made a few but not this exacting.
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2018 01:40:32 PM »

Thanks for the tutorial.  I've never seen this technique before.  The colours are perfect.

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