Inside Tunnel Cards

Hi! A few weeks ago, I shared how to create a shadow box inside of a card. Many people requested more videos like this, so I am back with a tunnel card version!

[All supplies are linked in the text below and in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]

If you haven’t watched my Inside Shadow Box Card Video, please do so HERE. Today’s cards build on that design by adding another layer inside the shadow box… creating a tunnel look. All of these cards look very simple on the outside, but the inside has a surprise.

My first example is side-folding. The front has a die cut circle with waves created with the My Favorite Things Mini Cloud Stencil. The images are from the My Favorite Things Gill Friends Stamp Set and the die cuts are from the My Favorite Things Grand Greenery Die Set.

When you open the card, the tunnel shadow box pops up. I added lots more images and die cuts… along with flat sequins for bubbles.

The video shows how to create the dimensional pop-up tunnel inside – be sure to watch it!

Keep in mind this design can be done with any small die cuts or images. It’s a great way to use up extra little pieces.

My next card also is side-folding. The front features the My Favorite Things Mini Cloud Stencil for clouds, along with colored My Favorite Things Birds of a Feather die cuts. The sentiment is from the My Favorite Things Toucan Do It Stamp Set.

When opened, the inside pops up. This card has two extra layers inside to make the tunnel effect even better. I was sure to add colorful die cuts to all the tunnel box layers for tons of dimension.

My last card is top-folding. On the front, I have My Favorite Things Happy Birthday Cake die cuts and a sentiment from the My Favorite Things Make a Wish Stamp Set.

When opened, the inside pops up with a tunnel full of many candles!

The background is clear embossed using the My Favorite Things Itsy Bitsy Polka Dots Stamp.


Want to learn more about pop up cards? Try these videos:


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Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk or from My Favorite Things. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

My Favorite Things Gill Friends Stamp…
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My Favorite Thins Cute Cats Stamp Set
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My Favorite Things Toucan Do It Stamp…
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My Favorite Things Make a Wish Stamp Set
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My Favorite Things Happy Birthday…
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My Favorite Things Grand Greenery Dies
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My Favorite Things Birds of a Feather…
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My Favorite Things Inside & Out…
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My Favorite Things Mini Cloud Stencil
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My Favorite Things Itsy Bitsy Polka…
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Scor-Pal Scoring Board
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MISTI Bar Magnet
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MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
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MISTI Stamping Tool
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Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
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Your Next Die Wire Cutters
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Gina K Connect Glue
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Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
Sizzix Big Shot Express
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Therm O Web Purple Tape
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Distress Oxide Inks
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VersaMark Ink
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Hero Arts Heat Gun
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Hero Arts Heat Gun
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Mini Ink Blending Tool
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Be Creative Tape
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R30 Copic Marker
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80 thoughts on “Inside Tunnel Cards”

  1. I love this! I tried making one with the poppystamp/Memorybox witch collage die and their tree branch circle die and it came out kinda fun but a tad wanky. After I opened it and closed it a few times like you suggested, it got a lot better. I’m sure my second attempt at it will go better and I’ll have some cool and spooky Halloween cards made soon.

    Yes PLEASE post you footage for putting in the third panel because I just can’t figure how to do that.

    Thanks so much!!!

  2. Jennifer, I was fascinated with the shadow box cards…I’m in awe of these tunnels. Each design is so unique and so fun to see. Looking forward to trying this!

  3. I have made dozens of cards using your inside shadow box card technique. They are so much fun to make and have such a “wow” factor for the person who receives the card. This new technique has inspired me to make dozens more! Thank you so much for your inspiration and excellent videos!

  4. I absolutely love these cards and the wonderful pop-up technique. I haven’t tried it yet but I’ve watched your videos and can’t wait to try it. Thank you so much for sharing these great ideas & techniques!!!

  5. Jennifer, you are amaze again and again me with all your techniques! I love your videos and I have tried quite a lot of your suggestions. I always look forward to another video.
    Thanks for all your hard work.

  6. I would definitely like to see how to add the third panel. I tried it on my own but didn’t work so well. Thanks.

    1. Ditto that! I too tried the 3 panels and it did not come out too well for me either. I love these type of cards. I have made the ones with the Hero arts and they came out so lovely. Thank you for sharing your wonderful techniques.

  7. These are absolutely amazing! I have got to try these, I think they are fabulous, I just need some time! Brilliant video as always Jennifer, thank you for taking the time so make such a well thought through and inspiring video. You are the best 😘😘

  8. Very beautiful. I think i will cut several pieces and have them ready to decorate. Very unique. Video is very helpful. Also it will help if you create a sheet cheat page with the dimensions. You are truly talended.

  9. Made the tropical fish design (actually had the same/similar supplies) but I think more than a “hair” needs to be trimmed off the sides of the bottom (little table) panel. Otherwise it seems to bend a bit, making it a bit wonky.
    I’ve made several tunnel books but never a tunnel card. Thanks for a great idea.

  10. Yes, please share the video footage of the second and third layers, I’d love to see that being done! I love these card!! Just beautiful!! Also, what was that plastic thing you were putting the Gina K Connect Glue in? I have a huge problem getting the glue out when it starts getting half way down! Thanks again! Love watching your videos!

  11. I want you to know that you are quite an artist. I have not found one card that you have made that I did not like or want to try and make.

  12. Thank you for your videos! I often feel compelled to try out the things you have shown 🙂
    I would really like to see the video footage of the dimensions and how to insert the third panel. I tried to make that card and couldn’t make the top layer lay flat.

  13. Hi Jennifer. I love your videos, they’re addictive LOL. Joined Hero Arts Subscription Box after seeing your videos using them. Beautiful and clever card ideas and I’ve been stamping over 20 years. Do you have any written directions for cards like this with so many pieces and cuts/folds on them? I’m trying to take notes while watching but guessing others doing same. Thanks for listening.

  14. I love these cards. You always do such a great job and give so many ideas. I really appreciate you taking the time and sharing. I always look forward to your videos. I always wonder what colors to use to make a flame. What colors did you use on your flames?

  15. Hi Jennifer, I appreciate all your hard work. I did a card challenge with my sister using this technique. It was a lot of fun. Where did you get your flat sequins and how big are they?

  16. Hi Jennifer, I’m looking for the flat sequins you used for the fish card. Can you tell me where you purchased them and what size they are? Thank you.

  17. Hi! I was wondering what type of coloured paper you used when making the first tunnel card?

    It looks super amazing and gorgeous and I would just LOVE to make it, but I’m not sure what kind of paper to use. I don’t have much coloured cardstock lying around, so it’d be absolutely great to hear your suggestions on what paper to use.

    Thanks so much!!!!

  18. I just found your site recently. Really enjoy all the tips you share. It’s been a lifesaver. With the pandemic I’ve had to find something I could do and like to do at home. This has been card making. Thank you again.

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