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Tunnel Pop-Up Cards

Happy New Year everyone, it’s Elsie here and I’m kicking off my 2019 with a couple of super easy to make pop-up cards.

These cards really have that ‘wow factor’ and what’s even better is that you won’t need any special tools to create them. Essentially, all you’ll need is a paper trimmer (but scissors would also work too), a ruler of some sort, and of course some pretty paper and embellishments. I used the oh-so-lovely Whimsical collection to create these cards.

elsie_jan04_cards_2Just as a little disclaimer, I think it’s actually more difficult to write down the steps on how to create these cards, than it was to make them – haha! I always find it easier to watch a tutorial rather to read about it, so I’ve made a process video which you can find at the bottom of this post. And that will give you a much better idea on how to assemble these cards.

To create a card you’ll need to cut two pieces of paper to 5.5 x 8.5 inches, and another one to 5.5 x 4.25 inches.

elsie_jan04_cards_4For one of the 5.5 x 8.5 pieces, score at 4.25 inches and cut 0.5inches off one of the ends. This piece will be the “cover” of the card, so make sure you choose a pattern you like both sides of!

For the next 5.5 x 8.5 piece, score at 0.5, 4.25 and 4.75 inches. You’ll need to create an opening on this piece, you can use any shape you’d like but I kept it simple with a square opening on one card and circles on the other one.

And for the smaller piece, score 0.25 inches from either side. And on this piece you’ll need to line up these pieces and then cut an opening that’s smaller than the other piece. This will create the ‘tunnel’ effect.

elsie_jan04_cards_3Next is the assembly part! It’s very simple to do, as the scored pieces will just slot together and all you need to do is glue the scored sides together. You’re essentially creating a box card, that closes completely flat. As I said before, the video will show you how to do it much better than I could ever explain it!

elsie_jan04_cards_5I chose a theme for each card. As you saw for the first card, I chose a craft theme inspired by all of the cute crafty embellishments in the Whimsical collection, which will be perfect to send to a creative friend. And for the second card I created a card which will be perfect for Spring, using lots of flowers and clouds!

elsie_jan04_cards_6To maximise the ‘tunnel’ effect, I placed all of the embellishments at different levels within the tunnel to create a very dimensional look.

I kept the card fronts simple with minimal embellishing. All of the “action” is happening inside the card, so I chose some pretty and colourful patterned papers and cute phrases to decorate them.

elsie_jan04_cards_1Click below to watch the process video:

I hope you give these cards a try, I know I’ll be creating many more of them in the future!

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One Response to "Tunnel Pop-Up Cards"

  • Carla Hundley
    January 4, 2019 - 11:16 am

    How fun! Love
    the fun embellishments
    added to them. Would
    be awesome to receive
    a card like these. Thanks
    for the instructions.
    Carla from Utah