Masked Background Tunnel Fold Card

Create a unique look to your cards by using die cuts as a masked background! The Art With Heart Team are back with another Creative Showcase, this time featuring different colouring techniques. The Stampin’ Up! range contains a bevy of functional and effective colouring tools that include; alcohol blends markers, water painters, ink pads and ink spots, sponges, sponge daubers, sponge rollers, blender pens, stampin’ write markers and water colour pencils. Enjoy the amazing projects our team members have to share with you demonstrating these products.

Creating A Masked Background

Today’s fancy fold card uses die cuts from Sunflowers to create a positive masked background on a Tunnel Fold. To create that gorgeous background I used sponges and ink pads over die cut sunflowers. My chosen colours were Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede. masked backgrounds Cut a full sheet of Whisper White card stock in half longways to make two pieces that are 21 cm x 14.8 cm. Set one to the side to be the card base…DO NOT SCORE!! On the other piece I secured the sunflower die cuts to the whisper white card using low-tack tape over the centre. Using Daffodil Delight I sponged the across the dies and whisper white card. Swapping over to Mango Melody I sponged the inner petals of the sunflower, being careful to not sponge on the outer petals. Changing to Crushed Curry I sponged over the centre of the sunflower and a little around the inner petals, taking care to not sponge too far up the petals. Finally, I removed the low-tack tape from the centre of the sunflower, secured the outside edges and sponged the centre of the sunflower using Soft Suede. That’s the positive masked backgrounds technique. How fun! I love that I have another technique that will stretch my crafting tools into further creative possibilities!

Tunnel Card Details

Score your masked background piece at 5.2 cm,10.5 cm, 15.7 cm. Using a large Stitched Nested Labels die, cut out the window for the centre of the tunnel fold. The tip at the bottom and top of the die should align perfectly with the centre score line. Use some low tack tape to secure the die in place for running through the big shot. Fold along the score lies beginning with a valley fold, then mountain fold and lastly another valley fold. Your bone folder makes this part a breeze.

Inner Tunnel Fold Details

I stamped the sunflower image from the Jar of Flowers stamp set on the upper centre of my card base. Lying the scored window layer over the card base on the Stamparatus took the guess work out of this part! Remove the window layer, ink up the stamp with Mossy Meadow and confidently stamp the image onto the card base. Stamp again onto a Post-It note and fussy cut the lower outline of the stamped image, this will be your mask for stamping the jar image. Mask your stamped sunflower image, ink up the jar image with Balmy Blue and stamp onto the card base. Next, ink up the flower stems in Mossy Meadow and stamp inside the jar image. Remove the mask and admire your handiwork! Finally, using alcohol blend markers colour the sunflower image and stems. Fold your card base in half.

Create the Tunnel

Turn the tunnel fold layer over and using liquid glue apply to the outer panels only. Stick this layer onto the inside of your card base and make sure all the edges line up. Eager To Stamp Tip: Liquid glue gives you time to manoeuvre things around and ensure everything is lined up. While it is drying make the card front top layer. masked backgrounds

Card Front Details

The card front is CASED from @jess_got_crafty over on Instagram. I love how she used the striped border image on her card! A piece of Bumble Bee In Colour patterned paper is layered onto the card front, which is then topped with the whisper white stamped layer (Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry). The sunflower image was stamped twice onto whisper white card and coloured the same as the inner image. I then fussy cut both images and adhered to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Next, I tied the gold trim into a bow and adhered it in the middle of the card with a glue dot. Using the Stitched Nested Labels I cut one in Whisper White and a smaller one in the Bumble Bee In Colour patterned paper. This piece is cut in half and layered below the white label to make it look longer! I stamped the sentiment from Nature’s Roots on the Whisper White label in Balckberry Bliss. To complete the inside cut a small Stitched Nested Label from Whisper White card stock. I stamped the sentiment and heart from A Good Man stamp set. I was really surprised at actually how easy it is to make a Tunnel Fold Card! Especially when the results are so stunning! I love this positive masked background technique and after all that sponging the actual die cuts looked amazing too. Definitely keeping those for a future card making crafternoon. For a different take on the Tunnel Fold Card check out this Pop Out Window card I did a few years ago.

Tunnel Fold Card Supplies

Card stock and Paper
  • Thick Whisper White card cut in half longways
  • Whisper White card approx. 7 cm x 18 cm (3″ x 7″)
  • Bumble Bee In Colour patterned paper
Colouring Tools
  • Ink pads: Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Balmy Blue, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss
  • Alcohol Blend Markers: Light Mango Melody, Light Soft Suede, Light Blackberry Bliss, Light Mossy Meadow, Light Balmy Blue
Stamp Sets
  • Jar of Flowers
  • Nature’s Roots
  • A Good Man
  • Sunflower dies
  • Stitched Nested Labels dies
  • Big Shot
  • Stamparatus
  • Post-it Notes
  • Simply Shammy
  • Paper Snips
  • Bone folder
  • Take Your Pick & Die Brush Tip
  • Sponges
  • Multipurpose liquid glue
  • Glue dots
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Forever Greenery Metallic Trim
All supplies are available in my Stampin’ Up! shop. The next Art With Heart Team Member to share their colouring technique with you is the very talented Rachel Woolard. If you have a broken link or have come to this blog hop midway, you can view all the participants below:
Vicki Boucher
Rebecca Jacovou
Kate Morgan
Andrea Sargent
Amie McIlroy
Rachel Woollard
Tina Gillespie
Sharon Davern
Kimberly Hern
Caroline Manwaring
Catherine Proctor
Thank you for viewing our Showcase tonight, we’ll be back next month with more inspiration for you.

11 comments on “Masked Background Tunnel Fold Card

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  2. Great Technique Amie and thank you for sharing how to make the tunnel card. The colouring using the sunflower diecut is awesome. I love how creative crafty people are. Wonderful work and a great card full of ideas 🙂

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