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Telescoping Image Tutorial

This month at Indian Craft Room instead of regular CoasteRide we are doing tutorials… SEPTORIALS!! We were in transition of selecting new DT’s hence the parent team worked on posting tutorials.. 1 tutorial each week … this being the last week of September, it is my turn.

I decided to make a card with Telescoping Image. It is an old technique…but I decided to revisit the technique for this CoasteRide.


Stamp of your choice/ *Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Floral Greetingsa

Cardstock for image and card base/ *White and Black

Inks of your choice/ *Versafine OnyxBlack, Zig Clean Color Watercolor Markers

Nested Dies (4 consecutive sizes)/ *Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles

Die Cut Machine/ *Big Shot

Glue/ *Tape Runner and Foam Tape

*Embossing Powder and Heat Gun (I am using it for this card since I am watercoloring)

*products I used on my project


  1. Stamp your image twice. A bold background stamp or bold image works best. I created this background with multiple stamps. When doing so remember you want both panels to look similar, if not exact. I stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed with Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing powder. I colored my images with Zig Real Clean Color Watercolor Markers and Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen over the flowers.


2. Next take 3 of the dies starting with biggest. Place them on your image nested, like pictured above on the left. Try to keep it centered as much as possible. Tape down 1st and 3rd dies and remove the 2nd You could also put all the 4 dies for proper centering and remove the 2nd and 4th die. Run it through the die cut machine.


3. On the 2nd stamped image, starting with the second biggest die, nest the 2nd, 3rd and 4th dies. Tape down 2nd and 4th dies on the image and remove the 3rd die. Run it through the die cut machine.


4. Now you have 4 pieces of die cut pieces. Add some foam adhesive to each of the pieces. On the first 2 with the middle cut out, you put the adhesive on the edges as much as possible. Foam adhesive adds dimension that gives it the telescope effect.


5. Now that all your pieces have foam adhesive on it, you can start putting it together. I added a black piece (optional), just because I like the black edging on my cards. Start by putting the biggest, outermost piece down. Then keep adding the other pieces on top. I just took picture of the 1st and 2nd piece together


The completed card:


Since the background was made with several small stamps… getting both the images to look same would be hard. The hello die cut is by Simon Says Stamp. I brushed it with Clear Wink of Stella.


Hence using 1 big bold image (Medallion by Stampin’ Up!) is important like I did in the following card:


So here was my tutorial with a technique. I hope I have inspired enough for you to try this technique.

Head over to ICR to check out the other tuts

  1. A Lil more of Stamps by ASH
  2. Emboss Resist and Ink Smooshing by Bhavana
  3. Scratch and Sniff Technique by Gopi

This is all for today.

Until next time,

Happy Krafting!

Cheers =)

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