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Friday 15 November 2019

Window On Your World Tunnel Book Tutorial

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by.  It's Deb here with you today to share a tutorial on how I made my Winter Wonderland tunnel book for our Window On Your World challenge.

Grab a cup of your favourite beverage and let's get started.

Cut a piece of 12" x 12" scrapbook paper in half so your have two pieces measuring 6" x 12".

Score both pieces on the long side, starting at 3 1/2" and scoring every half inch up to 6 1/2".

Fold on the score lines as shown.

The 3 1/2" segments will become the front cover of your tunnel book and the 5 1/2" segments will overlap to form the back cover of your book.

Adhere the back covers together, making sure that the back of the tunnel book is 6" wide from score line to score line.

We now have the cover of our tunnel book completed, set it aside for now.  Cut 4 pieces of cardstock, each one just a smidgen less than 6" square.  Set one 6" square piece aside for the time being (sorry, forgot to take a picture of that step!).

Select 3 graduated nesting dies, I used circular dies that measured 5", 4 1/2" and 4".  Center the 5" die on one of the 6" square pieces of cardstock and die cut a window.  Place another piece of 6" square cardstock behind the die cut opening, lining up all of the edges, and center the 4 1/2" die in the opening.  Die cut the window on the second piece of cardstock.

Place the third 6" square behind the piece with the 4 1/2" window and center the 4" die within the opening.  Die cut the third window.  Set all of the die cut pieces aside for the moment.

Ink the last piece of 6" square cardstock with Distress inks in shades of blue, dipping it into puddles of ink until you are happy with the colour.

Ink more cardstock with Distress inks in shades of green in the same manner and die cut two Tree Line die cuts.  Die cut the Winter Wonderland stag from sanded Classic Kraft Stock and add the wreath around his neck if you'd like (the wreath die is from the Village Christmastime die set).

Overlay the 4" die cut window onto the inked background so that you get the placement right and adhere the Tree Line die cuts, overlapping and offsetting them slightly.  Adhere the deer on top of the Tree Line die cuts.  Add some snow along the bottom if desired with a white sparkle embossing powder.

Apply double sided tape to the back of the background panel and adhere it onto the back cover of your tunnel book.

Stencil a design onto the front of the 4" die cut window piece (this is Carta Bella's Holly stencil).  Die cut some Mini Holiday Greens from more Distress Ink coloured cardstock.

Adhere the 4" window onto the front of the 1/2" accordion fold that is closest to the background, centering the window top and bottom and side to side.  I found it easier to use a liquid adhesive for this step so you had a little play time to make the sure the window was centered properly in your tunnel book.  Adhere the die cut greenery around the opening, making sure that it doesn't obscure your focal point.

Stencil the 4 1/2" die cut window  piece with a design of your choice (this is Simple Stories Happy Trials stencil) and stamp and die cut some Mini Swirly Snowflakes.

Adhere the 4 1/2" window on top of the next 1/2" accordion fold in our tunnel book.  Adhere the Mini Swirly Snowflakes on top of the window, staggering them so you can still see the Mini Holiday Greens die cuts behind.

Stencil a design on the last 5" die cut window piece.  Make sure that whatever stencil you use has a repeating pattern as we will be continuing this design onto the inside covers of your tunnel book (this is Tim Holtz's Starry Layering stencil).  Die cut some stars from sanded gold Metallic Kraft Stock.

Adhere the 5" window on top of the last 1/2" accordion fold in your tunnel book.  Don't glue the stars around the outside quick yet.

Line up your stencil with the pattern on the 5" window and continue to stencil the pattern onto the insides of your tunnel book covers.

Adhere the die cut gold stars around the outside of the 5" window, staggering their placement so you can see the layers below.  Cut more Tree Line die cuts from green inked cardstock and adhere them on either side of the tunnel book covers.  Die cut two Woodlands trees from green inked cardstock and adhere one on each side, over top of the Tree Line die cuts.  Add a small gold star to the top of each tree if desired.

Decorate the front covers of your tunnel book with more Tree Line die cuts and some Mini Paper Snowflakes die cuts.  I designed the covers to overlap slightly but if you don't want them overlapped trim a 1/2" off each cover so the meet in the middle (probably best to do that before you decorate the inside of the covers!!).  Dye a piece of ribbon with Distress Ink to tie around our tunnel book to keep it closed and you are done.

Here are a few closeups of the completed Winter Wonderland tunnel book.

Hope you enjoyed seeing how it came together and that you will consider joining in our Window On Your World challenge, you have until December 5th to enter.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo


  1. Excellent tutorial--I must try this!

  2. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.....

  3. I'm with Beulah and itsazoo, what an awesome creation and tutorial, Deb! Thank you! I really want to try this too! xoxo

  4. Deb, this is a fantastic tutorial and such a stunning card!! Inspired by your first showing for the start of the challenge I created two tunnel cards for my grand daughters, your book tunnel takes it a whole lot further still, and I will now have to give that a try too. Thank you for this detailed tutorial, your card is just beautiful with so many cool ideas!!

  5. What a brilliant tutorial, Deb - it's so clear and easy to follow. And it's fabulous to get a closer look at the finished card too, and all the amazing detailing you put into it. I was so taken with the trees and layered snowflakes and greenery before that I barely even registered the lovely gold star motif also sharing centre stage! Beautiful, beautiful work.
    Alison x

    1. Oh, and I meant to say I also adore how it looks when it's folded closed - inside and out, a treat!

  6. A fabulous tutorial sharing how you created your Gorgeous seasonal Tunnel book / card ., Deb. Clear easy to follow instructions throughout . Tfs . x

  7. Wow! That's brilliant Deb!, I have never attempted a project like this but your fabulous tutorial makes me want to have a go! Love it ! Toni xx

  8. Yes WOW! Another brilliant tutorial Deb and wonderful card - the depth, the colour, the composition - its far more than a card! Wonderful xxx

  9. Deb, your tutorial is fantastic and I just love the finished tunnel card. Your instructions are so clear and easy to follow, I have bookmarked it for future reference. Just fabulous! Hugs, Anne xx

  10. Wow, this is so amazing - I love it! I so enjoyed finding out how it all came together, thanks for sharing all the fabulous details 😁. The design is stunning and you have created such beautiful winter scene, I'm definitely inspired me to have a go at making this too - thanks so much! Happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x

  11. DEb this project is amazing but the tutorial is wow! Fabulous and so full of details! I have already said but I confirm that I want to try to make a tunnel card! Thanks for sharing with us!Barbara

  12. Thanks for your wonderful tutorial Deb, showing how you made this gorgeous tunnel design - what a lot of work - but well worth it with this beautiful result! xx