Hello there and thanks for dropping by. I hope you’ve managed to have an enjoyable August despite the weather.

Well it’s the first of another month – so it’s Clarity Challenge time. This month we are asking you to create shaped cards. They can be any shape and style as you will have seen from the DT samples.

Here’s my card

Shaped Cards

I’m sure you’re familiar with shutter cards, and I wanted to add a twist to mine – creating a whole picture and cutting it up to fit the different sections of the base card. Most triple shutter cards I’ve seen have each of the areas decorated with backing paper or individual stamps. I chose to use the Birdhouse Garden set to create a monotone image.

There are many different sizes of shutter cards on the internet. Here are the dimensions of this card:

 

 

Quantity

Inches

Centimetres

Base Card

1

5 1/2 x 12 14 x 30.5

Coloured Layer

2

1

2

2

4

1 7/8 x 5 3/8

2 3/8 x 3 7/8

1 3/8 x 3 7/8

1 7/8 x 2 3/8

1 3/8 x 1 7/8

4.75 x 13.7

6 x 9.8

3.5 x 9.8

4.75 x 6

3.5 x 4.75

White Card

2

2

4

1

2

1 3/4 x 5 1/4

1 1/4 x 3 3/4

1 1/4 x 1 3/4

2 1/4 x 3 3/4

1 3/4 x 2 1/4

4.45 x 13.3

3.2 x 9.5

3.2 x 4.45

5.8 x 9.5

4.75 x 5.8

Score the base card at 2, 4 8 and 10 inches (5.1, 10.25, 20.3 and 25.4 centimetres). Cut the card from the 2″ score line to the 10″ score line at 1.5″ from the bottom edge and 4″ from the bottom edge (3.8 and 10.2 centimetres).

Next I worked out the size of the main picture by adding the width of 2 x 1 3/4″, 1 x 3/3/4″ and 2 x 1 3/4″  (from the first three measurements of the white card dimensions – 2 x 4.5 cm, 1 x 9.5 cm, 2 x 4.5 cm). The depth is 5 1.4″ or 13.3 cm. Mark out on spare paper the size of the different areas and then stamp a rough outline of the scene.

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When working out the grid it’s important to start from the base of your card, as a margin at the top of the centre part is not used due to the layering up of these elements. In contrast the sides are a whole piece.

Once I had the rough outline in mind it was time to create the finished piece using Theuva card. I cut a sun from a post-it note and cut it in half, as I wanted it to be rising behind the hills. With the post-it in place I added some hills using a paper mask and then some clouds using the Clarity cloud mask, Clarity stencil brushes and Adirondack Stonewashed ink. When happy with the background I used the template as a guide to place the scene onto the card. All the images were stamped in Adirondack Denim and I added dimension to the flowers and the leaves using first, second and third generation ink.

When this was complete I cut the pieces into the sizes I needed. So intense was my concentration at this point that I forgot to take a photograph of this stage. Each part of the main scene was layered onto Night of Navy card from Stampin’ Up! I was happy with the card though thought it lacked a little something – so I added some bling along the flowers using Basic Jewels – Rhinestones from Stampin’ Up and smaller gems from Docrafts.

Here is the card from the other direction, you can see the gems more clearly if you click on the picture.

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It folds up neatly to fit a standard a C6 envelope too – in fact you have room to make it a little larger in depth.

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I hope you find my card gives you inspiration to join us this month in the challenge. You could win a £50 voucher to spend on Clarity goodies – and I’m sure you wouldn’t want to miss that! I and the rest of the DT love seeing your entries every month, they are really great and it’s no easy job picking the top five each month. So go on have a go.
Materials

Stamps: Clarity Birdhouse Garden set
Inks: Adirondack Denim and Stonewashed
Card: Clarity Theuva card; Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy; Kanban for base card
Other: Clarity cloud mask, Stencil brushes; post-it note; Stampin’ Up! 2.5″ circle punch, Basic Jewels – Rhinestones; Docrafts gems; paper for hill mask