Saturday, July 17, 2021

Tunnel card Tutorial

Welcome back and Nancy, here.   I love making cards but I always try to give them an interesting twist. This card looks regular on the outside but inside, there is a 3D surprise when you open it.  A tunnel card lets you build up dimensional scenes on your paper craft projects, and it works really well to create fun-filled scenes. 

  1. You can also make a tunnel card like I did with no scene l with the sentiment to make the wow factor when opening up the card. 

    Front of card

  2. Front of Card

Start with cutting two 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" double sided cardstock. One piece will be the tunnel and the other piece will be the base of the card. Score both in the center at 4 1/4" using a scoring tool.

Inside of card. Tunnel cardstock was scored in the center at 4 1/4".  To score the W shape of the tunnel cardstock to make the accordion appearance:  Two ways of doing this:  #1. Take each edge of the cardstock and fold to the center and use the bone folder to heavily make a fold or #2.  Score at 2 1/8", 4 1/4" (Center) and 6 3/8".  Fold the tunnel paper in an accordion shape according to the score lines and burnish with a bone folder.  This should appear as a W shape or accordion with the center that will be popping out and being the tunnel when you open the card. 


Turn the W shape over.  Die cut the circle die from the center, by aligning it with the center score line. Fold the piece on the score lines into a W shape.

Before gluing  the sentiment or image to the inside, lay your tunnel piece (W shape) over the top of the sentiment or picture to visualize where you exactly want to see through the tunnel. 

  1. Adhere the image to card base.

When your card base/inside sentiment is ready to go, turn the tunnel card stock over (important!) and glue just the outer panels on the back. 

After adhere one side of the W to the inside of the card on the side, glue the other side of the W and then fold the card to stick the other side.  This will align the part that pops out in the center with folding the card.

I made a larger card and my W Shape was 3/4 of the length of the main cardstock.  Therefore, I cut out two pattern paper and adhered each panel to the sides of the W Shape.  This card was made with the Stamperia Hortsenia cardstock. 

This inside of the tunnel card was made with the Graphic 45 Catch Of the Day paper.  Since my card was a little bit more that 12" in length,  I was short on each side after gluing the W Shape.  Therefore, I cut out and added borders from the Graphic 45 Catch of the Day collection to each end of the card.  I wanted a porthole as a the tunnel but needed to be an oval shape to see the lighthouse well.  

I cut out the center with an oval die.  I cut out the front layer of the porthole using the same oval die and with one side larger oval to make the brown frame.  The second layer, I used the center oval die with two sizes larger oval for the reddish frame and adhere both frames together and glued to card.  I used Prima Marketing Mechanical brads around the porthole. I cut out some cheese cloth and used Ranger Distress Vintage Photo ink pad to sponge on the cheese cloth.  I sprayed it with water to blend in the color and stretched the cheese cloth to make it look like fish net.  I used glue to adhere the fish net.  I made some sea shells and a sea horse from a mould and used a hot glue gun to glue it onto the card.

Tips:  You can also play with where you'd like to place your embellishments around or inside the tunnel window.  My biggest problem with cards like this is knowing when to stop! 

So get crafting and have a fabulous  day and thanks for visiting.

 The Rubber Buggy has the crafting supplies for your next project. So have fun crafting this weekend with these products.   My cards and projects are always posted on Saturday.  Keep watching and thank you so much for those wonderful comments as well as suggestions. 

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!

1 comment:

Art by Zowie Dixon said...

Such beautiful cards, I love these! Thank you for sharing your inspiration! Hugs, Zowie x