Sep 01

Clarity Challenge – Shaped Cards

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:






Base Card


5 1/2 x 12 14 x 30.5

Coloured Layer






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






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.

Shaped Cards5

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.

Shaped Cards2

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.

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


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  1. Carol

    A very clever card you have made, I love it. Xx

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thank you Carol, I’m glad you like it x

  2. Shelagh Metselaar

    Very ‘Willow Pattern-esque’ Angela and very beautiful! I used to make shutter cards too but they are so time-consuming to get everything right especially from a whole design as you have cleverly done. I now have a die to cut it all for me, much quicker! ;~}

    1. Angela Simpson

      Hi Shelagh, thanks for your comments. I was thinking of get a set of dies myself – may just do that!

  3. Carole

    Wow Angela – what a complex card. You have a lots of patience sitting working all the measurements out and cutting with such precision. It was worth every minute though, it’s fab! Love the monotone image and ?I’m sure the lucky recipient will treasure it for years to come.
    Enjoy your day, Carole

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thank you Carole For your lovley comments x

  4. Naomi Mahon

    A truly stunning card Angela. What an amount of work with all those measurements. I have not tried one of a complete picture, must give it a go, now you have explained. Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs.

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thanks Naomi, this is the first one I’ve done as a complete picture and I like the way it looks – glad you do too. Hugs x

  5. Linda Page

    What a lovely card – I do like this stamp set – it is one of my faves. Love what you have done and great instructions and measurements in both imperial and metric !! xx

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thanks Linda, I agree this is a great stamp set x

  6. Julie Dunn

    Love your card you made sure got all .measurements right In the blog must have a go at this . Myself xx

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thank you Julie, please do give it ago it isn’t difficult to do and I’m sure you’ll create something gorgeous x

  7. Lesley Walden

    What a lot of work has gone into making your card, Angela, with all that measuring. The completed card is fantastic and I think you definitely made the right decision to go monotone, it reminds me a bit of the Willow pattern. x

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thank you Lesley, I enjoyed making it and am glad I went with a blue monotone look x

  8. Jo Rice

    Hi Angela, what a clever and stunning card. Great instructions and all the measurements too…I love it….have a great week…xxx

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thank you Jo. I enjoyed making this card once I’d decided on creating a whole picture. I’m so glad you like it xxx

  9. Lynne Bishop

    Wow, what wonderful instructions on how to make your card. I have tried these before but not always been successful so will follow your directions. You have created a beautiful card. Love it. xx

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thanks Lynne, I hope you do give it a try x

  10. Barbara Lancaster

    Fantastic card Angela. I’m always in awe of the patience required to do these sorts of cards. Thanks for putting in such detailed instructions; you might just tempt me to have a go myself. I love how the scene flows seamlessly across the whole card; very clever. Xxx

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thank you Barbara, I hope you do give it a go. xxx

  11. pam

    Hi Angela, thank you for your kind comment on my blog.

    Fantastic card design, beautifully decorated in lovely colours.. great tutorial.

    Hugs Pam x

    (Pam Simpson)

    1. Angela Simpson

      Thank you for your lovely comments Pam x

  12. Emma Burns

    Hi Angela. Brilliant work. Love it lots. It has been years since I made one of these. Very time consuming but well worth it if you get it right like you have!!!!
    Hugs xxx

    1. Angela Simpson

      Hi Emma, I’m glad you like it. It has been a while since I made one too. xx

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