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How To Make A Tunnel Book by Kira Nichols

Filed under Alice in Wonderland, Art Projects, Bella's Corner, Giveaways, Newsletters, Sale, Tutorials

Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. However, you can see the supply list items from Laura’s project that are still available on the new site. See more Design Team art samples from the Peek-a-boo Card Swap.

Who knew that making a Tunnel Book could be SO easy?! Design Team Member Kira Nichols did and she has created a way easy step-by-step tutorial just for you!

With just a few basic supplies; starting off with the New and On Sale! 4×4 Die-Cut Chipboard Frame Set you’ll find yourself churning these out like crazy! Before you know it you may have crafted your pants too!

I love how the accordion-pleated sides give you options for attaching cut-out figures/creatures to the sides, that can stick out into the center area of the book (and you can have more pleats than Kira shows in her tutorial, so there’s more of a sense of depth).

Kira actually made 3 little books! You can see each one and find a complete lists of all the components that Kira used at these links:
– A parrot book (the one she makes in her tutorial),
a squirrel book (too cute!… and the collage sheet that squirrel came from is in the Giveaway, below)
– and a book with a zebra and the Mad Hatter’s hat (not sure when those two characters crossed paths, but it all works!)

Head on over to Kira’s blog for the full tutorial! And/or see more photos in the gallery.

And, hey, Laura Carson has also made a tunnel book, but a different sort. Both Laura and Kira’s books have an accordion-pleated spine (or sides) in common. But Laura’s book opens like a traditional book. And Laura’s “tunnel” is more of a round tunnel through the middle of each book’s page (as Alice in Wonderland falls through her rabbit hole “tunnel”)!

Laura has more info on her blog post. And here is a full list of components Laura used (many of which are in today’s Giveaway!… including that metal key hole at the end of Alice’s fall, with Alice herself peering back at us?)

A couple new things (colorful, like all of Kira’s vibrant art, or Alice-themed) are below. And don’t forget to scroll down to see what related Giveaway Leslie has pulled for today’s prize!

Are you ready? For the Tunnel Book Giveaway!? I started with a June Black & White Silhouettes Kit (so you’ll already have 2 sets of the 4×4 Die-Cut Chipboard Frame Set and all those black and white prints that Kira colored crazily on all of her books), then I picked some items from each of Kira and Laura’s books:

FOUR zingy scrapbook papers, ALL on sale!:
– starting with the New Lucille Pin It Scrapbook Paper
Curio Upholstery Scrapbook Paper (bet you didn’t recognize that screaming lime green side)
French Country Deja Vu Scrapbook Paper
Engraved Garden Fan Scrapbook Paper

And SIX collage sheets (that’s in addition to the 4 already in the June Black & White Silhouettes Kit!):
Alice: The Trial Collage Sheet (On Sale! because it’s part of the BIG Alice in Wonderland Collage Sheet Sale that ends this Saturday night, June 15th!)
Alice in Green Collage Sheet (On Sale!)
Kira’s Flowers Collage Sheet
S for the Squirrel Collage Sheet
Small Theatre Curtains Collage Sheet
Round Things Collage Sheet (printed on transparency, a used by Kira on the book in her tutorial)

And a few more items from Laura’s book:
– a set of Mini Playing Cards
– a set of Ornate Metal Key Holes On Sale!
Orange Daisies
– a set of Fancy Chipboard Frames
– a Chipboard Tea Set
– an Antique Brass Skeleton Key
– and a 3D Brass Crown

To enter the Tunnel Book Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post by midnight, June 14, 2013 (Friday night PST). (Don’t forget to leave your email address, too, so I can contact the winner; note, your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.)

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

By Sunday morning’s newsletter, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So make sure to check back Sunday to see who won!

Posted by MizBella, June 13th, 2013

140 responses to “How To Make A Tunnel Book by Kira Nichols”

  1. Shanna Shands says:

    Would so love to win this giveaway please please …looks so fun.

  2. Carol DuBois says:

    Absolutely adorable books. I love the squirrel one especially as I go out to feed our baby squirrels each morning!

    Always wonderful projects, tutorials and supplies at Alpha Stamps.

    Thank you.

  3. Jenny Stockton says:

    This is SO cool looking, I am going to get my supplies and start working on one ASAP! Thank you so much.

  4. Kim Reed says:

    What a great project, heading over to Kira’s blog right now!

  5. Stacy Blow says:

    Wow, another great project paired with another lovely giveaway! Both are beyond awesome! Let the winning begin!

  6. carol says:

    I’m already overwhelmed with possibilities to do the peek a boo book. Winning this would help me focus and supply all the materials.

  7. bobbie h says:

    These books are fabulous!! Please enter me for a chance to win ~

  8. jackie says:

    I simply ADORE Alice! Love the tunnel books by both Laura and Kira! would love to win!

  9. Deb Neerman says:

    WoWzA, what a fabulous creation! Thanks for the chance to win this amazing kit!

  10. Pam P says:

    Go number 6!

  11. Mary Mac says:

    Gorgeous projects, the squirrel book is just to cute.

  12. Joann Alexander says:

    What a nice giveaway! Thank you for the latest kit, I love it!

  13. Rena Matus says:

    This tunnel book is way cool! I would love to be able to win this fabulous giveaway!

  14. Lynn Fox says:

    Fantastic project coupled with a wonderful giveaway!!!

  15. April Dudko says:

    First the wonderful star book, and now this incredible tunnel book! Some amazing things are always showing up here! Hope this is my lucky day.

  16. Chris Lynch says:

    This is such a cool idea! I would love to win these supplies.

  17. Jennifer McCann says:

    Wow I can t wait to try!!!
    Wonderful cards

  18. bev allaire says:

    love love love tunnel books and would love to have everything to make this wonderful book. thank you for the opportunity.

  19. Carol Viens says:

    Would love to win this kit.
    The tunnel cards are adorable.

  20. Laurie says:

    Thank you for the fun ideas!

  21. Linda Ellis says:

    Thank you so much for providing this opportunity! I usually fix and alter Victorian photo albums, and this type of book project is so different and interesting to try! Linda

  22. Linda Isbell says:

    You’ve given me so many ideas! Sure hope I win the tunnel book supplies.

  23. Russell Stone says:

    Yet another great project.. Thanks

  24. Rose says:

    Wow! This has so many possibilities! I sure would love to win and play with all of these cool pieces and parts!

  25. Jen R says:

    What a cute little book! I think I could come up with some cool stuff with all the goodies!

  26. Karen S says:

    Hello again – I am hoping to be selected for this giveaway too – what great fun – has sooo many possibilities.

  27. MargieD says:

    Always wondered how to make these! I’m off to have a look at the tutorial now but thanks so much for the chance to win your wonderful giveaway. Hugs, Margie x

  28. Rose Cavalli says:

    Another interesting project and great give-away. Thanks!

  29. Sheree says:

    I think I’m going broke trying to keep up with all the cool ideas you gals put out there! 😀

    Thanks for another chance…

  30. Heather says:

    Ohhh! I want! I waaant!! 🙂

  31. Corinne Marie says:

    Wonderfully creative books!! Love them!

  32. Beverly S says:

    How clever and fun! Would love to win 😀

  33. Jennie says:

    Fantastic project! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway. 🙂

  34. Traci says:

    Of course I’d love to win who wouldn’t-such a great giveaway w/ such fantastic colors.

  35. Marcia Greer says:

    The little critters are just darling!!!!!

  36. Carrie says:

    Love, love, love these books! And they look like so much fun to make and look at. Going to do one with mermaids!

  37. Mary Toriello says:

    Another great giveaway!

  38. Barbara says:

    How fabulous is that? I adore the tunnel-book idea! Thanks so much for the chance to win supplies to make 1 or 2 of them! They look like so much fun.

  39. p boszko says:

    just luv this collection…and the idea…thanks for the opportunity to win (again)!

  40. Judy Shea says:

    This is captivating. Thank you so much.. my fingers a x’d.

  41. Diane Douglas says:

    WOW WOW WOW!!!! Another fantastic Giveaway. These books are so much fun!! Thanks again for another chance to win.

    Take care and good luck everyone!!

  42. Christine Dahlin says:

    So FUN! I could use some luck, but I really, really need that squirrel collage sheet!!!

  43. Hmmmm never did one of these, would love to try!!!!

  44. Socrates says:

    It would be so great if this were part of the monthly kit. I was really disappointed by the Halloween theme at this time of year, and would love an Alice kit. Laura’s tunnel book is outstanding.

  45. PeggyM says:

    Thank you for Kira Nichols tutorial on making a tunnel book and thank you for the opportunity to win The Tunnel Book Giveway. I would be absolutely amazing to win one of these kits.

  46. Maggie H says:

    ADORABLE! These tunnel books are so stinking cute! I can’t wait to make one. Hope I win too!

  47. joy says:

    I think I could actually manage to make one of these by following the tutorial! What fun! And, thanks for the chance to win such a great giveaway!

  48. Alicia A says:

    Pretty, pretty, pretty…What more can I say. Thank you for the chance to win!

  49. Alice says:

    What a great giveaway. Love the components and if I don’t win, I will purchase some of this. Thanks!!!

  50. Linda Miller says:

    I love to make interesting little books and this one definitely appeals to me! I would be so happy to win this giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  51. Penny Kuchta says:

    Cannot wait to win and cannot wait to make tunnel book. Thank You

  52. Theresa Goldman says:

    Oh what fun. Look at all the goodies. Whoo wee. Maybe I’ll win this one, hope, hope – hope….

  53. Sheila Lundquist says:

    I’m so excited about this tunnel book and have lots of supplies to use for every ocaission – busy – busy

  54. Ritva says:

    Great stuff, the tunnel book is cool, have to try to make one…

  55. Tracy says:

    Wow, love the Alice tunnel book!

  56. I have always wanted to try a tunnel book – would love to win this kit!

  57. Jennifer Brockob says:

    I would be ever so happy to win the tunnel book kit! The Alice in Wonderland idea is totally awesome! Thank you so much for the lovely ideas and inspiration!

  58. Lou Anne says:

    Beautiful projects! Lovely giveaway! I sure hope I win!

  59. Amanda Miller says:

    The Alice book is amazing!!!!

  60. Carlene says:

    Another great givaway! Would love to win 🙂

  61. Maggie M says:

    LOVE, love, love the tunnel books! I’d like to make one of different bird species! Please enter me in this fabulous giveaway! LOVE Alpha Stamps!

  62. Damiana Seabrook says:

    Very lush, beautiful and well presented. Please keep the beauty coming, Damiana

  63. Judy Ross says:

    Neat idea! Would love to win!

  64. Pam Weiler says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a great giveaway. I love this project!

  65. Karen N says:

    This is another amazing giveaway and a way cool book to make. Who would of thought…?

  66. Wonderful things in the giveaway! I love these tunnel cards!
    hugs Karen

  67. Sherrie Conant says:

    Count me in!

  68. Barbara Thompson says:

    What a wonderful collection of stuff to play with and ideas too.

  69. Diana Kelly says:

    How pretty are all these papers and fun stuff? I would love to try my hand at making a “tunnel” book. Thank you for a chance to win.

  70. Kathy Udlinek says:

    This just fires my imagination. Can’t wait to try it!

  71. Tami Roth says:

    WOW! I would love to win this beautiful kit! How fun it would be!

  72. Lorna Sommer says:

    Love the tunnel book. Would love to win the giveaway and make some!

  73. Kathy Cabble says:

    Oh Pleez let me win this. I love it and I need a new project!

  74. Julie P says:

    Great summer inspiration! Can’t wait to make these unique tunnel cards!
    Keep up the imagination challenges!

  75. Kathy says:

    I love to see all of the ways you create with the beautiful products available. Keep the inspirations coming.
    I would love to play with the giveaway.
    Thank you.

  76. Nicole says:

    WOW! Thanks for this tutorial – I can’t wait to get started on a project of my own. Thanks for the chance at the give away!

  77. Linda says:

    Love all your creativity!!!

  78. Kris Martinez says:

    Oh My Goodness! I can’t wait to try this! The possibilites are endless. Thanks for thinking about us with this give-away.

  79. Priti says:

    What a clever idea! An interesting way of making your own shadow box!!! Thanks for sharing!

  80. Nancy Penir says:

    What a lovely collection. Thanks for offering all these great products!

  81. Wendy Williams says:

    this is a lovely collection
    pray i win

  82. Linda says:

    Love this give away. Such a neet idea.

  83. Sharon Bolmey says:

    What a cute project and a sweet giveaway!

  84. Carolyn says:

    I’m in love with this project. Thanks for a chance to win these wonderful products.

  85. Doreen aka LuniLadi says:

    Oh I LOVE tunnel books! The only thing I would love more….would be to win this giveaway! LOL Thanks for the chance.

  86. Ellen says:

    Your emails are such temptation, and these books are great! Thanks for offering a give away!

  87. kim says:



  88. Jeanne Kelly says:

    Oh my gosh – this looks like great fun! I will need to try this even if I do not win the prize!!!

  89. Happy to join as always!

  90. Marilyn H. says:

    Awesome tunnel book and another great giveaway.

  91. Holly M says:

    What a fun project! I’ve made tunnel ATCs, but I’ve not made a tunnel book. It looks like something I want to try. Laura and Kira are so talented. And what a great give away! I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

  92. Lori says:

    What a beautiful book! Thanks for the chance to win the items to create it.

  93. Lindy says:

    That book is so great! I love all of Kira’s art!

  94. bobbie fleishell says:

    Wow!!!!! What a fabulous giveaway, I would love to make one of these tunnel books, thanks so much for the chance to enter!!!!!!

  95. Brenda Lubrant says:

    You really have some fantastic guest designers. I have never heard of a tunnel book before. Thank you so much for sharing such a great project and giving all of us a chance to win such a great giveaway.

  96. Shana says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  97. Yes please – I would love to play with those goodies! xx Michelle

  98. Michele Kaplan says:

    Everything at Alpha Stamps is to die for!!! Please throw my name in the hat!!

  99. susan salyer says:

    I have been sharing this on face book. It is beautiful. awesome give away would love to win .
    susan s

  100. Beautiful little pieces.

    So pretty that I want to make a couple of my own, either by winning this or placing an order. But hope I win.

    Thanks for the chance……….Bonnie

  101. Dewanna Raite says:

    I’m always looking for new folds. How fun this one is. Can’t wait to make some, probably for Halloween. Thanks for the giveaway!

  102. Pat Healey says:

    Those tunnel books are awesome. I’d love to try making one – hope I win the chance 🙂

  103. Darlene Propp says:

    Wow! This is so clever. What fun!

  104. Donna Meyers says:

    these tunnel books are one of the most simple to do but awesome inspired I have seen in a long time. I am really inspired and will starting one soon. I just ordered your alice collage sheets so am ready.

  105. Nancy Jo Brown says:

    My favorite things are the yellow flowers….they just sing summer and the lock plates make things look like they are so special that they have to be locked. Does get your imagination bubbling away!!

  106. Melody B says:

    More adorableness from the friends of AlphaStamps! I, too, love that squirrel!

  107. Linda Tagg says:

    I love these tunnel books….Thanks for sharing then with us!

  108. karenladd says:

    What a unique book and adorable little squirrel! Really creative and fun

  109. Thalia Kottke says:

    What a fabulous giveaway, I really love this group of goodies.

  110. MaryJo Huff says:

    Squirrel Nutkin is one of our favorite stories. I love the squirrel tunnel book. I would love to try my hand at book tunneling.

  111. Robbin Woodson says:

    Looks like fun, I love all your creations

  112. shartl says:

    What a great giveaway! Lots of fun goodies and I love this project. I’ve never seen a book like this.

  113. Would love to win this amazing giveaway! I just love all the amazing and inspiring projects that you post! 🙂

  114. Lori says:

    I adore this giveaway and keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  115. Sharon says:

    These are really beautiful. Can’t wait to try one myself!

  116. Christine N says:

    Those tunnel books are awesome!!! Can’t wait to make one of my own!

  117. Lisa M says:

    Those metal roses are making my heart sing! And who doesn’t love Alice? The book looks complicated until you know how to make it; very nice tute!

  118. Kaylou says:

    Oh my word this looks so much…really beautiful.
    Hugs Kaylou xx

  119. Charlene Gibson says:

    Another great giveaway and project! thanks for the chance to win

  120. Sandi M says:

    Thanks for another fun project and giveaway!

  121. Susan N. says:

    Wow! Giveaway is great! Love the ideas!

  122. Cathy Peper says:

    The book is really beautiful.

  123. Michele in ABQ says:

    I would love to make this! So creative!

  124. Jo says:

    So pretty! I love the shadow box quality of this book!
    Thanks for the chance at this giveaway!!

  125. mari says:

    Hats off to both ladies who are amazingly talented! I heading over to Kira’s blog next for the tutorial, I visited Laura’s yesterday as I think she is one of the most talented people out there and I have a craft crush on her.

  126. cindy burns says:

    I saw one of these books when I first started stamping always wanted to learn how to make one, thank you for the directions and the lovely samples.

  127. Leslie Hanson says:

    How fun! And most likely addicting…… 🙂

  128. Jess says:

    Absolutely stunning – great giveaway!

  129. Lisa says:

    Beautiful give a way!!!! I hope I win!!!!

  130. Wow! Both of the books are awesome and so inspiring! I can see tons of ways to use this idea Thanks for another great giveaway chance. 🙂

  131. Kathi R says:

    Wow! Fabulousness! I’m off to see Kira’s tutorial and Laura’s book.

    Thanks for a chance to win!

  132. The Alice book is a wonderful reminder of my childhood. It is a treasure. Thank you!

  133. gina ortiz says:

    Oh my gosh! I am new to the funnel book……first I have seen and they are amazing! What a wonderful kit you put together! I think it would be so fun to play with it. Thanks for showing me something new and for the opportunity! good luck all!

    *gina* aka scrappinology on You Tube

  134. Laura Kloth says:

    the tunnel book project is so neat, I would love to try this project. My Mom would be so proud of me, I am new at scrapbooking and crafts, Right now I am learning how to do tags, and I am working on a couple of Alice in wonderland card kits. I have really enjoyed the time my Mom and I have spent together doing scrapbooking. In August shes taking me to a stamp show convention. I hope to find lots of Alice in Wonderland things. I would love to win this give away so I could do a Alice in wonderland tunnel book! Thank you.

  135. Sue VanLandingham says:

    Gorgeous! Would love to have the opportunity to give the book(s) a new and loving home!

  136. Crystal Brown says:

    I really like those tunnel books! I am going to try to make a few maybe a dozen! I am a big fan of Alice in wonderland, would love to start out with that book. Love the keyhole with the eye looking through it! I would love to win all the free goodies to make these books.If I win I will make a few books to give as door prizes next month at my doll club meeting! Doll Hugs! Crystal

  137. Love the books, HOPE to win!

  138. Carol Slowik says:

    Never made a book before… would love to try. Thanks for the chance.

  139. Vicki Bills says:

    Love the squirrel. I once goofed up a home improvement project, so I glued a squirrel from the craft store over it. It’s been the family joke whenever I goof up a project…quick, go get a squirrel. Love the kit!

  140. julie m says:

    have been wanting to try a tunnel book but it seemed too complicated. now i know it doesn’t have to be. think i know what my next card project will be.