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Feb 24, 2018

Mondrian Tri-Shutter Birthday Card

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

Mondrian style birthday card



With some assistance from CorelDRAW,  the Mondrian style design did not require that much manipulation to fit it on a tri-shutter pop up card.

Funny story about the inspiration for this card.  Last summer I happened to watch the pilot of The Partridge Family, 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).

Some thoughts about tri-shutter cards:

A tri-shutter is divided vertically into 6 equal parts, with the center two pieces merged.
The horizontal divisions do not need to be equal.

This picture shows the cut and fold diagram (black cut lines; red fold lines).

tri shutter pop up card cut and fold lines

Here I have added (pink) guides to emphasize the six equal parts.


tri shutter pop up card design considerations






I cut the entire design from white card stock and left it adhered to the cutting mat, then removed and replaced with the various colors as needed.

You can see I had to divide some shapes where cuts or folds were running through them.  (The large blue and red squares, for example.)

Cutting Mondrian card with Silhouette cameo

Mondrian tri-shutter pop up card cut outs



Once the pattern was completed, I used painters' tape to hold the pieces in place. This is the front.


transferring pieces with tape

This is the back--removing the excess white card stock.

removing waste card stock from Mondrian card cut


Still the back, with the white card peeled away.


Mondrian tri-shutter card ready to glue


Gluing the pieces to the card.  Because of the folds, this can be done 1/3 of the card at a time.


adhering Mondrian tri-shutter card pop up


I waited for the adhesive to dry, then carefully cut along the cut lines, and scored and folded along the fold lines.


front view of Mondrian tri-shutter card with vinyl sentiment


The "Happy Birthday!" sentiment is cut from adhesive vinyl.


This is the card folded flat for mailing.

folded tri-shutter card


There is no downloadable file set for this.  Keeping it unique!

See some other birthday cards here.


Feb 7, 2018

Eclipse Card with Valentine Hearts

An eclipse card is a dimensional card made by cutting letter or shape windows, and popping up the cutouts from each window with foam dots or tape.  The "eclipse" refers to the drop shadow effect created by backing the windows with black or dark colored paper.

valentine hearts eclipse card front


Creating an eclipse card is fairly easy, but take a moment to think through the order that the layers will go in as you create the card.

General directions:

Use or create a heavy card stock to cut the shapes from.  For this particular card, I first ran the (flimsy) decorative paper through my Xyron machine and adhered it to card stock.

Cut your shapes or words from the card front.  Save the cutouts.

Back the cutout windows in the card front with black or dark paper.

Use dimensional foam tape or dots to adhere each cutout shape in its matching window.

Adhere the card front to your card base.




valentine eclipse dimensional card side view


Jan 16, 2018

February Tent Calendar

Desktop trifold tent calendar for February 2018

February 2018 tent card


The heart design is edge cut at the top fold, and backed with white, allowing the calendar to show through the window cut-out.

front of tent card calendar


back view showing white cardstock backing on calendar

How to make a print and cut standing calendar for February 2018


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Click to download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space).

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Print and cut calendar backing page 


Silhouette Studio: use registration marks.



Video  showing how to set up this page for print and cut in Cricut Design Space.



Cut heart page

Green lines are score lines / dashed cut lines.

In Cricut Design Space, click each of the top four green lines in the layers menu and change to score.  Select all layers.  Attach. Cut.


Assemble Tent

Crease card on score lines.






red cardstock cut

Apply glue around the window, the letter cut-outs, and the heart cut-outs.

glue diagram for tent calendar

Adhere white piece to the back, matching heart edges.

February calendar glued in place

Spread glue on the long tab.

glue for tab on February tent calendar

Glue calendar into a tent shape.  I used a ruler to hold the tab down while it dried.


ruler holding tab in place


Optional: adhere small heart to center of large heart.

optional center heart on calendar






Jan 6, 2018

Pile of Hearts Pop Up Card Files Updated

The cutting file set for this old favorite has been updated to work better with Cricut Design Space and newer Studio versions.  Check it out!

Pile of Hearts tutorial and cutting files



This Valentine pop up card is surprisingly easy to make.