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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!

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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.


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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 Make a Wish Stamp Set
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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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Scor-Pal Scoring Board
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MISTI Bar Magnet
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MISTI Mouse Pad Insert
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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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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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Mini Ink Blending Tool
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Be Creative Tape
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R30 Copic Marker
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79 thoughts on “Inside Tunnel Cards”

  1. I need lots of birthday cards for my grand kids friends. They know where I keep my stash of ready-to-go cards and raid it all the time. I was thinking this card is delightful but if I used lots of my critters for the same tunnel card I could make great b-day cards for little ones. These would leave my stash quickly so they would have to be easy to make and your card fits so perfectly.

      1. Video was not there the first time I looked at the post. I just came back again and now the video shows up. I don’t know what happened the first time.

  2. Wow Jennifer! These cards are beautiful! Your card designs are always wonderful, but I think this one is a the top of my favorite list! Thank you for showing us all how to do this!

  3. OH MY WORD! These are T O T A L L Y A W E S O M E! I know I say this for everything you post! You never cease to amaze me, Jennifer! These cards are so versatile and could be adapted for every occasion and everyone! Thanks, once again!

  4. This is absolutely adorable. That candle one is so unique and the fish one is my favorite!

    I have one question. When I layer the inside “table strip” into the card, which fold do I butt it up to? I’m having trouble seeing that.

  5. Really cool technique, Jennifer. Very inspiring. Why don’t you add a short video that just shows the basic assembly of the second/third tunnel layer? Especially the attaching part. I don’t need the whole thing start to finish but a visual on just that part of the assembly would help me see it. Even a couple still photos might be enough. Thanks for all that you teach and share so generously. You are a huge blessing in my life that encourages and inspires creativity. Thank you.

  6. This looks like the perfect design for my grand-boy’s birthday! I did my first box card for him last year with his 13 candles, and this one will continue a trend (maybe that’s not such a great idea, after all…..hmmmmm, have to think about that!). I love that they love getting my first attempts at new techniques. Thanks for always having a new thing for me to try.

  7. Loved the Inside Shadow Box cards & made a couple of them, so now I will give these a whirl. Interactive cards are my favorite. Thanks for sharing these.

    1. If you do already have the video footage showing how to add the 3rd panel would you mind posting it. I think I understand, but it would really help to see how they are both glued in. Thank you.

  8. Jennifer,
    I love these Tunnel cards and they are so easy to make. The first card you made with the sea theme was adorable. I’m going to have to try this technique soon. Thanks again for another great video.

  9. I am totally in love with these shadow box cards. You make it look so easy but I know it will not be easy for me at first. Thank you for sharing all these great ideas. Love your videos.

  10. Ack! These cards are so awesome! What a great idea. Thank you for sharing the how-tos with us and taking the time to make a video. You’re the bee’s knees!!

  11. Hi there. Your cards and videos are amazing. I cannot find a link to the circle die that you used. Is there one that I am missing?
    Thank you

  12. These cards are amazing. I’m always looking for something special for my Godchild and this will be great for her next birthday card. Thanks for sharing all your knowledge and talent with us.

  13. I would love a video with the 2, 3 tunnel design too…a short video just demonstrating the process would be ideal! Thanks, Jennifer!! I’m totally in love with this!!

  14. I haven’t enjoyed cards that require a lot of embellishments, like a box card, so my first thought on these was the same. Then I realized how you used multiples of one theme: candles, fish, leaves. That changed my thinking! As usual, I was making it harder than need be. thanks for helping me out . . . again!

  15. Hi Jennifer….O.M.G… have knocked it out of the ballpark this time….Love…Love…Love these cards…going to share video to my friends & have a go at making them…Love your Art …Thank you…😍

  16. These are so cute and clever and I think the technique is brilliant! I love that I can create these cards with a scoreboard. You mentioned Christmas and I have an idea for an old nativity die that will make it look new. Thanks!

  17. You have REALLY outdone yourself today! These cards are amazing! And I have to say too that you do such a great job in describing your processes. But, if you would p l e a s e video that extra layer? I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Lol also, could you add a link where you bought the flat sequins please? Thanks so much.

  18. Those fish are adorable. I will be checking this one out very soon. I love interactive cards that can mail flat! What a fun one.

  19. Just love these cards, along with your clear, concise videos! I’m looking forward to creating some of these inside tunnel cards very soon! Am wondering if you have a source to share for the flat sequins you used for the bubbles on the Gillfriends card? They are a perfect accent! Thanks!

  20. WOW! These tunnel cards are amazing! The video was really helpful but, like some of the others, I would love to see a short video showing how to attach a second and third layer. Don’t need to see you complete the entire project. Just something showing how to attach the layers. Thanks!

  21. Wow Jennifer, this gives the shadow box card a great extra dimension. Love those cards, thank you for showing and the easy to follow explanation how to make them.

  22. Jennifer, love these interactive cards! And truly appreciate your creativity. More about your survey—some of the answers were already filled in, so here’s my actual response. Love the long videos with so many examples; love the short videos with in-depth technique. In other words, simply love whatever you do. It’s exciting when I open my email or YouTube and see that you have posted something. So thank you over and over again for the time and thoughtfulness you put into them. And yes, I do think about buying the products you use, as well as try to use what I have.

  23. These cards are absolutely fantastic and so versatile! Thank you so much for sharing! I would love to see the video with the second card that shows two funnel layers. Even a short version with just the assembly portion would be perfect. Thank you for your inspiration!!

  24. These cards are fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing the video—it’s really helpful that you’ve done the math for us re: where to cut and score.

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