Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Tutorial Tuesday - Tunnel Card, Part I

Welcome to Sunflowers and Dragonflies' weekly edition of Tutorial Tuesday. Most of you may be familiar with the tunnel card. In creating my version of a tunnel card, I thought I would post a generalized version so that you have the base knowledge of this card. Next Tuesday you will see a spicier version of this card. Let's get started, shall we...


3 - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" cardstock
(two for inside and one for outside)

1 - 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" cardstock
(coordinating colour for your circle or oval)

  • - Variety of stamps
  • - Coluzzle oval or circle, cutting mat and knife
  • - Variety of ink pads
  • - Glue stick (not in photo)
  • - Red double-sided tape
  • - Scotch tape (not in photo)

  • Place 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock into your paper cutter, so your widest part of the paper is horizontal. Cut cardstock in half at the 5 1/2" mark.

    Stamp images over the top of your cardstock, in colours pleasing to you.

    Place cardstock into your cutter, in a horizontal fashion, once again, and score cardstock at 2 1/8", 4 1/4", and 6 3/8".

    Centre Coluzzle. With a close watch on your score lines, you should not have to measure and mark your centre. If you do not feel comfortable just eyeing the centre, you can use a ruler and pencil.

    Cut a coordinating paper larger (approx 3 1/2" x 3 1/2") than the circle, or oval, you just cut. Next, cut a second circle, or oval, one size smaller than the previous cut. Glue around the edge opening on the backside of your main cardstock (in this photo, my main cardstock is on the bottom) Glue does not need to be wider than 1/2". Reinforce coordinating paper by placing scotch tape on all four sides.

    Here is another view for you.

    • Using a ruler, line up the centre of the inside cardstock and stamp sentiment. Small embellishments may be placed around the sentiment, using stamps or other items such as coloured gems/crystals.

      Bend card front score lines, back to front. Cut double sided tape 2" wide and place on the card front. It is important you do not place double-sided tape over the score line. Tape must be butted up to the score line. Your card is now finished.

      Top view of the tunnel card.

      The outside of your card is ready to be finished. Here, I took my 3rd 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" cardstock and trimmed it to fit onto the outside edges, with a little margin showing. You may wish to adhere the full 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" to the card.


      Barbara said...

      thanks for this wonderful tutorial!

      Kim H. said...

      I love these tunnel cards! I will have to try one of these soon! Your directions are wonderful!

      Alexandra said...

      This is fabulous Beth - I have never done one of these and really like it! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

      LaurenceB said...

      Thank you , I love it !
      I'll try it very soon .
      Thank you very much !

      malieta said...

      This tunnel card is amazing Beth...very creative!!

      scrapnnMO said...

      OM totally love the tutorial! Awesome card! TFS!

      Tracey said...

      Thankyou so much for your comments on my blog - LOVE your work, the tunnel card is brilliant - thanks for sharing the technique, I will have to give it a try XXX

      Joan B said...

      this is gorgeous!

      Kelly's Artistic Journaling said...

      This card is beautiful. What sentiment did you use for the inside of the card? I can't really see it.
      Gorgeous card, and the best part is that I have this set!!!!
      Thanks for sharing!
      PS. I have blog candy up for grabs so if you like go and check it out

      Anonymous said...

      It has been so long since I have made a tunnel card. Thanks for the reminder and your card turned out awesome!