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Say Cheese: Camera Card Shutter Card

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Posted on May 14, 2021 by Jan Hunter

It looks like a simple gatefold card from the outside…  but inside… there’s more!

While this card uses more masculine colors, you’re only limited by your imagination!  Choose any color in the rainbow and have fun!

While browsing the Creative Fabrica website, I was amazed at all the choices I had to choose from for a camera image. Were you aware that here are 10,000 +  camera images found at Creative Fabrica? Make sure your choice has a format your machine can cut or trace in your cutting software and can be cut with your die cutting machine.


  • Bazill cardstock (for card base and camera details)
  • AC Cardstock (Smooth White, Smooth Black)
  • Transparency/Acetate
  • Hook and Loop discs or magnets
  • Glue, adhesive and E6000
  • Free SVG & PDF Shutter mechanism, tab for gatefold card.
  • ¼ inch hole punch
  • Foam  mounting tape
  • Paper trimmer
  • Bone folder
  • Picture

Files used from Creative Fabrica

Oh Snap (Camera) (a few changes were made for this card)

Antique paper Backgrounds

EZ button activated Sound Module by Invite Be Voice,  and audio recording (optional)

Let’s get started

The card base is 5.5 inches x 9 inches.  Score at 2 ¼” and again at 6 ¾” along the 9 “side.  Using a bone folder, fold on the score line.  This will create a gate fold card base. Add decorative panels to the card front.  These rectangles are approximately 5” x 1 7/8”.  An image from the Vintage Paper Backgrounds 2 collection was used to fill the rectangle in the cutting software.

Using your die cutting machine and software, cut the shutter mechanism and the camera and any other pieces you want.  The closure tab is also included with the shutter mechanism svg file linked above.  The tab base is 2 pieces glued together for greater strength and stability for use with the hook and loop dots.

Once all your pieces are cut, it’s time to begin the assembly process.  Let’s start with the sound module.

Record the audio to the sound module according to the manufacturer’s directions.    Secure in place on the center of the inside of the card base.  The tape in the image below allowed for a little tweaking of placement for the hole of the button.

You’ll need to cut a piece of paper to cover the sound module.  This piece is 5” x 4.25”.  You may want to cut that down a bit if there seems to be too tight a fit when folding and opening the card.  Add some foam tape to the 2 shorter sides.  You’ll need two layers on each of the corners to accommodate the height of the sound module.

Before removing release tape on the foam on this piece, Mark placement of the button and make sure that it lines up with the hole in the camera.  Punch the hole with the ¼ inch hole punch and secure this cover piece in place.

Next:  Centering the shutter mechanism pieces. Fold along the score lines for both pieces of the shutter.  Adhere these pieces in place on the card inside front along the fold line.  The tab should be adhered to the inside front.  When the fronts are folded, the shutter should be closed.  When the fronts are opened there should be a space exposed to place an image approximately 1 – 1 ¼“square.  The image below shows placement of where the image will be placed.

Now’s the time to place that image.  Adhere in place directly on the panel that is covering the sound card.

Place the decorative panels for the inside fronts.  The dimensions for the panels are 5” x 1” and filled using the same paper image used for the front panels.  These panels are to be placed on the inside fronts for the gate fold sections of the card.  Make sure that the panels do not cover or interfere with the folds of the shutter mechanism.

The image in the Oh Snap file was used as a jumping off point to design the camera used in this project.  (but the camera in Oh Snap was used in the plaque pictured with the finished card) The camera created and used for this card consists of 5 pieces.  The camera base, 2 decorative strips a lens ring and a lens made of acetate, and a heart die cut.  Assemble and add any additional embellishments as desired.  Add two layers of foam tape to the back of the camera on the 2 short sides making sure that the foam will not interfere with the shutter mechanism movement.  If necessary, you can cut the foam into thin strips.

Once the camera has been placed.  Close the gatefold.  Assemble the tab if you haven’t already.  Glue one end to the top gatefold.  Let dry.  Using a small dot of E6000, adhere one side of the hook and loop to the bottom 1/3 of the tab. Let this side of the hook and loop dry.  TIP:  Leave the cover on the other piece of the hook and loop for the time being.

When that is dry, remove the covering and apply a small dot of the E6000 to the other side of the hook and loop and glue to the other gatefold front.  Place a weight on the card and allow to dry for a couple of hours.

The card has some bulk due to the use of the sound module and would require additional postage to mail.

Link to video of opening card and pressing for recording (see info above).

Thanks for stopping by and checking out this tutorial using the shutter mechanism, a tab closure and a sound module.

If you choose to create something similar, we’d love to see your creative work.  More inspiration can be seen on Jan’s author’s page ( and on her blog (

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