Tuesday, April 30, 2019

How to Make a Simple Handmade Tunnel Card

Hello crafty friends! Have you ever made a handmade tunnel card? Making handmade cards that are dimensional and interactive has become so popular! There are pop up cards and slider cards and cards in all sorts of shapes. I was fascinated by the depth and possibilities of a tunnel card, so I started playing around and making them. 

Today's handmade cards feature the Fishies clear stamp set from Impression Obsession. This stamp set is packed with darling underwater creatures for crafts and projects, and they look adorable colored, or stamped on colored cardstock. I thought this stamp set would be perfect for a tunnel card, because there are lots of fun images to layer and add to my scene. Let's take a look! 

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Tunnel cards are really fun to make, and there are a few different ways to make them. When I started playing with this idea, I hadn't looked at any instructions - I just made it up as I went along, but there are many tutorials with different ideas. For this technique, you'll need a lot of foam squares, a few layers of cardstock, and nesting dies in a few sizes. 
  1. First, make a card base from light blue cardstock.
  2. Trim two more pieces of cardstock to fit card front (5.5x4.25 for this card.) I used a few shades of teal cardstock. 
  3. Die cut the largest oval from a cardstock panel and then emboss. 
  4. Lay that panel over the remaining panel of cardstock. Diecutting the larger one first, will help you line up the medium sized oval die on your remaining sheet. 
  5. Once both panels are die cut, lay them over the card base and stamp Just Keep Swimming sentiment on card base so it's lined up in the oval opening.
  6. Adhere layers to card base using foam squares between each layer. (Double up on the foam squares for EXTRA depth.) 
  7. Now the FUN part - stamp and detail cut fishies, grass, and whatever you want to put in your scene. Adhere using foam squares as desired. Tuck images under and behind the tunnel layers to accentuate the dimension of your fun card!

I have one more fun card with the Fishies stamps. This time I colored my jellyfish with colored pencils and added her to a watercolor background. I had this panel of watercolor paper hanging around from some previous playtime and I decided it made a perfect watery background.

Would you like to see more tunnel card ideas?
Have a Wild Birthday - Tunnel Card Idea and Tutorial with Impression Obsession Stamps and Dies. Check out these ideas to create a simple tunnel card with foam adhesive and nesting dies.
This card was all created just the first one, but it features pinked-edge circle dies instead of oval dies. This fun jungle scene was simple to create with an adorable stamped lion and lots of jungle foliage. The leaves and grass help to give this scene a lot of dimension. 

Create a fun underwater scene on a handmade card, by creating a tunnel card with nesting circle dies. Stop on by my blog to see three different tunnel cards and a full tutorial to create your own!
And last but not least, one more under the sea card. This one features stamps from Spellbinders. I paired it with an embossing folder on two of the layers, which really adds some fun texture. (It's actually a woodgrain pattern, but doesn't it make the perfect water?) 

Alright, now onto some important information!!! This post is part of  Day 2 of the Impression Obsession Summer Stamp Release! (If you missed yesterday's post, CLICK HERE!)  Each day you'll find a list of blog hop participants on the Impression Obsession blog.

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Looking for more fishies inspiration from Impression Obsession? Check out this card:
I love this sweet sentiment, called Miss Your Face. It's a single red rubber stamp, that comes on it's own just like the Just Keep Swimming stamp. I love that Impression Obsession offers all sorts of individual stamps, because sometimes you find just exactly that ONE stamp you need. (And then another....and then another...) It's a great flexible option to buy images individually.

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27 comments:

Donna Phelan said...

Pretty cards and lovely coloring! That Tunnel Card is everything!!!

Lori Kobular said...

I am in love with the colors on your second card, looks perfect! The first card is stunning with the way you framed out the sentiment and made the underwater scene around the frame!

Shari Czerwinski said...

Cute underwater scenes! Love the depth and style of the first card especially!

Kelsey Thomas said...

These are cute. :)

Christine Chan said...

So adorable! Awesome works as always !

TLady said...

LOVE this Fish Stamp Set! SO MANY CUTE IMAGES in the set! LOVE your card, Laura! I am thinking, FISHEY'S NOW! LOL ;)

Colorado Crafter said...

Wonderful cards!!!

Becca Yahrling said...

Love all the layers on your first card; beautifully designed. And the 2nd card is so pretty with your perfect BG and that sweet jelly!

Mary Holshouser said...

Love the layering of the first card.
The backgrounds and then the
marine critters in the front - so
much dimension to the card.
thanks for sharing
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Denise Bryant said...

Super cute sea creatures on these adorable cards!

MadeByMeghanK said...

I LOVE THIS SET! What great backgrounds you did! I love how you colored the creatures!

B. Poteraj said...

Good idea to use the embossing folder as water. Good way to stretch your tools.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Great card design with the fishies and I love the tunnel technique used for it.

Amy C. said...

Your underwater scene cards are so cute!

Plum Crazy Valerie said...

Nice cards, love the fishes!

Leanne said...

Adorable cards!

Jean said...

Darling cards!

The Scrapbooking Queen said...

Adorable card and love the technique you showed for the tunnel effect.
Cute fish stamps too!

char said...

Both of these cards are great but I LOVE the 2nd card. The sentiment is so cute!!

Dee Earnshaw said...

love your cards - the frame on the first one is very creative:)

Jeanne Beam said...

Such fantastic cards! Love the stamps and sentiments.
Thanks so much for sharing...

Laurie2cats said...

So cute! Tunnel cards are my recent obsession.

Sue D said...

Great cards. I really like the tunnel card.

Kelly Kennedy said...

Great cards! Love the look of the first one but great sentiment on the second card!

Jane Booth said...

Love the adorable sea critters!

Jeanette said...

Great cards! Thanks for sharing!

Lee Ann Barrett said...

Adorable cards! I am partial to the jelly- such a cute design; great ocean background and so simple!