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Cat Tunnel

The January/February 2013 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors had an interesting article about creating a tunnel book. I have never made any sort of book before, although I have to admit that I have been tempted to try it in the past. 

I was in the middle of making some ATC's for a trade when this particular article caught my attention. I  wasn't very happy with the design of my ATC's, so my attention was easily distracted.  I took five pieces of Bristol paper and happily cut away parts of them, leaving the back a solid color for a backdrop. I knew that I wanted a stone like look to the backgrounds, so I lightly painted the papers in varying colors and then, after they had dried, I painted over them with the same color - using a thicker amount of paint and an Artist Cellar stencil to give paint some dimension.

top vie of the 5 pieces of bristol paper
The most difficult thing, due to the relatively small size that I was working in, was making the accordion side pieces. Getting the artist paper that I was using to fold evenly and straightly in quarter inch folds was a challenge. I'll look for something thinner to use in the future. I used Memory Box (they are some of my favorites) dies cuts for the cats and the fence.

This first attempt obviously needs some refinement, but I had a great time playing. My ATC's are still not done and I plan to go back to the proverbial drawing board, but at least I was distracted in a good way and I will definitely make some more tunnel books!
side view of the accordion pleated artist paper - it's too thick to get really straight quarter inch folds!


  1. Love your card (as usual). As far as folding side paper, did you score first and then fold? Sometimes that helps with folding any paper easily.


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