Tunnel Card

by Beate Johns

Make a spectacular card with a few cuts and folds.


  • One 5½"x 8½" piece of cardstock for the outside (here black)
  • One 5½" x 8½" piece of cardstock for the inside (here celery)
  • One 5½" x 8" piece of cardstock (only needed when outside cardstock is dark) here apricot
  • Coluzzle™
  • Paper cutter with scoring edge
  • Scissors
  • Sticky Strip™
  • Regular tape
  • Ink and extra paper scraps to decorate the card inside and out


  1. Step 1

    Take one piece of 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock and stamp it all over. This will be your inside piece.

  2. Step 2

    Slide your cardstock into your paper cutter horizontally. Score at 2 1/8", 4 1/4" and 6 3/8"

  3. Step 3

    Take your Coluzzle™ or any other cutting device and cut out an oval or a circle in the middle of the cardstock.

  4. Step 4

    (Optional) Take a piece of complimentary color cardstock about 1 1/2" inches bigger than the window you cut out. Now cut the next size smaller oval out of this piece.

    Tape this behind the window of the inside cardstock. It will create a frame for your window.

  5. Step 5

    Fold your cardstock: The first score is a mountain fold, the next a valley, the last a mountain again.

  6. Step 6

    Finish decorating your inside.

  7. Step 7

    (only neccessary if your outside cardstock is a dark color)
    Take your 5 1/4" x 8" piece of cardstock and fold in half. Stamp an image or a saying in the center of it.

  8. Step 8

    Fold your 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock for your outside in half and decorate.

  9. Step 9

    Tape the smaller piece of cardstock to the backside of the outside piece.

  10. Step 10

    Add Sticky Strip™ to the 5 1/2" ends of the back of your inside piece.

  11. Your card is finished!



    Try different shapes
    Cut different shapes out of the inside center.

    Change the Tunnel View
    Have your main image behind the window, instead of a saying.

    Tie it
    Tie it closed with a ribbon.

    Opt out the third layer
    When using lighter colored cardstock for the outside piece, stamp directly on the back, instead of using a third piece of cardstock. (in my example the apricot)

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Tunnel Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Love this card, it is really elegant & sort of old fashioned. Thanks for all your tutorials, you are so inspirational.
Denise  |  Sun Jul 12, 2009 at 10:55 PM
Thank you for the tutorial, love it xxx
Dora  |  Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 5:12 PM
I saw an adorable card on your gallery entered by 'sweetdesignsbycheryl' and she referred to it as a 'funky fold' card but I never could find the instructions. Do you have access to the directions for making that card. Thanks so much.
Linda Phelps  |  Wed Apr 20, 2011 at 5:39 AM
I have two questions:
What do the initials ATG gun stand for ? A crafter
called her tape gun ATG.

Do you ever use dreamweavers stencils and
paste in your creations?
Carol Sproul  |  Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 2:30 PM
beate johns

your very sweet. I like you and your crafts. Thanks for your tutorials.
samshitha  |  Tue Nov 1, 2011 at 5:57 AM
As a new member, I must say this was fun to watch.

Joyce  |  Thu Nov 3, 2011 at 12:06 PM
HAD TO try this one myself! Love it!!!
Betty J Schaub  |  Sat Nov 5, 2011 at 12:33 PM
I finally decided to make this card using the dimensions that Beate used in her video tutorial. I am so pleased with the results but Beate was right. This is a bulky card so I mailed it a flat square box for jewelry that I found at Joann's in the beading department. I slipped the box into a bubble envelope. It cost more than a basic stamp to mail but this was for a special & very elderly aunt so I didn't mind. Sorry, digital camera is on loan so I didn't take a photo.
Melanie  |  Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 2:22 PM
I'd like ot repost this/share on my blog. Does anyone know an easy way to get a short link that I can use for this?
Elizabeth Casteel  |  Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 3:58 PM

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