October 31, 2011

The Magic of Winter!

This is Jen, from 3 Cats and a Bug. Part of the requirement to join Sweetsassydiva's design team was doing a Tis The Season project. For my project, I decided to do a Tri Shutter card with more non traditional colors.

Tri Shutter cards look like they may be difficult to make, but they really are super easy. You start out with your card stock cut at 5.50 x 12. Next you start at 1 inch down from the top and 2 inches in and cut a line to the 10 inch mark. Do the same thing again only 1 inch up from the bottom. Now you score your card at 2, 4, 8 and 10. It should look like the photo below.

I decorated my card using two different patterned papers, but you can use only one if you like. I also like to have my patterned papers to be smaller than the card stock. That's also a personal choice, so the sizes you cut depend on what you want your card to look like. I also used my color box chalk to ink the outside of light colored paper.

You can see the green borders once I attached my paper.

I did the same thing with the darker patterned paper, except the inking.

Now it's ready to decorate! Around my house, all winter long and sometimes even into spring, you'll hear me say "tis the season!" to my husband. He's a born and bred Texan! He moved to Wisconsin about 11 years ago and he's never totally adjusted to our winters. After the first winter, he's hated snow and the bone deep cold. So every time it's really cold or the snow flies, I just tell him "tis the season!" I couldn't resist making him a card with that saying on it. lol With the help of my gypsy, I was able to lay out several colors of paper on my mat to cut everything except the words.

I used Winter Woodland for almost everything.

The snow man and woman were cut @ 4.5 with their layers. I also used a black pen and stickles on them.

The mittens were cut @ 2. I used my Gypsy and hide the scarf. I used stickles and gems to dress them up.

The hat was also cut @ 2 and I used pink stickles on that one.

"The magic of winter" was cut @ 3, although I tweaked it a bit to fit in the boxes the way I wanted it to.

"Tis the season" was cut from County Life (my favorite for fonts at the moment!) at .75.

The stamp shape behind the words came from Sentimentals and was cut @ 2x 3.75.

Thanks Bobbi Jo for having me as a design team member again!

Thanks for looking!


Mindy said...

What an AWESOME card, Jen !! I understand about your husband... We lived in Minnesota for 15 years, I don't think you EVER get used to those winters !!

Suzanne cricutcraftingrammyblogspot.com said...

Jen love the colors and those cute little snowmen. You did an awesome job creating this. I haven't made a tri shutter for awhile so you have inspired me to do it again. TFS.

Rosie said...

lovely card!!!



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