Kaleidoscope Medallion

by Michelle Shuman

Create a gorgeous medallion out of patterned paper.

Supplies

  • Patterned paper with a repeated pattern – 2-3 identical sheets (floral, paisley, and tapestry-type patterns work well)
  • Grid paper
  • Clear plastic for creating template (leftover acetate or packaging materials)
  • Ruler
  • Permanent pen
  • Craft knife and/or sharp scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Cutting mat
  • Small cardstock square

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Create a template using grid paper.

    Draw a 45 degree line by connecting the diagonals of the squares.

  2. Step 2

    Transfer the 45-degree line and one of the intersecting straight lines to a plastic sheet with the permanent pen.

  3. Step 3

    Cut the triangle-shaped template out, marking the sides with a ruler for easier placement later.

  4. Step 4

    Select the portion of patterned paper that you want to use.

    You will need 8 of the same design to make a complete medallion.

  5. Step 5

    Line up template with the image, making sure the template is even on both sides. Mark with a pen along the template sides.

    In this case, the edges of the flowers are both at approximately 1 3/4” – you can mark the exact spots on your template for easy placement on the remaining portions of the medallion.

  6. Step 6

    Cut out all 8 images along the marks, and around the top of image.

  7. Step 7

    Mark the cardstock square with lines connecting opposite corners, and across the centers of each side.

    Cover the square with adhesive. Here, adhesive was applied with a Xyron.

  8. Step 8

    Adhere medallion images to the square, aligning marks and the points of each image with the center.

  9. Step 9

    Continue to align your patterned paper wedges until your medallion is finished.

  10. Step 10

    Finish your card.

Variations

  1. Cut your images as described in step 5, not bothering to trim the top of the image. After medallion is complete, trim the outer edge with a circle cutting system (such as Coluzzle™ ).

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Kaleidoscope Medallion. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

What is the name of the stamp set that you used?
maryann  |  Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 7:26 AM
No, you're exactly right, Avril! The grid paper is just to give you a 45 degree angle. And, as Kathy said, you could easily use a template from quilting to create your medallion. I actually often use my drafting triangles (they come in 45 degree triangles, and 30-60-90 triangles), but since many people don't have them, I used the grid so that you could make your own template.

Fran - Step 2 is a bit of a confusing picture...it basically just shows how I traced the guide lines I made on the paper to the plastic I used for my template. Because the plastic is clear, it makes the image a bit confusing because you see the lines doubled. HTH!
Michelle Shuman (mybelle101)  |  Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 8:01 AM
Maryann - the name of the stamp set I used is 'Something Within' from Unity Stamp Company. It comes with several quotes/sentiments, and a few images.

I've also listed all the other supplies that I used for both cards in the descriptions in case any one else is wondering smile
Michelle Shuman (mybelle101)  |  Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 8:03 AM
What a cool idea, I'm definitely going to try this! Thanks for the tutorial.
Katie  |  Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 8:23 AM
mocloa send me this comment:

Those of use who are quilters will recognize a technique similar to this called "Whack and Stack". It is a little bit different but, you could get the same results. If you cut 8 identical pieces of paper with the motif in exactly the same place on all eight papers, the papers could then stapled together. then using the template The desired shape could be found with the template, traced on the top sheet and then cut with a blade and a straight edge.All 8 pieces cut at once. (Just be sure and cut the shape straight) smile.
beate  |  Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 8:36 AM
i totally did not understand those instructions, what i dope i am.
tookienurse  |  Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 10:29 AM
Thanks Michelle and Beate for your help. I do quilt and have made a "whack and stack"wall hanging. The idea is the same.
Fran Bosse  |  Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 3:08 PM
What a beautiful card. It looks like the grid paper is standard 1/4" but what a great way to line up a pie shaped card. Now my head is flowing with ideas. Thanks so much for the great tutorial and sharing it with us.
Irisgirl  |  Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 8:21 PM
I love this! I'm going to try it using a favorite flower stamp. Thanks for sharing this idea.
Cathy Sue  |  Fri Jun 12, 2009 at 2:49 AM
I just loved this pattern. I had to try it out and it turned out great. Thanks for sharing!
Stephanie  |  Sat Jun 13, 2009 at 2:37 PM
One the SCS Weekly Inkling #162 - who makes that pattern paper used for the Kaleidoscope Medallion tutorial? I love it and have never seen anything like it. Where can I get something like that paper???
Thank you,
Carole Miller
Carole Miller  |  Sun Jun 14, 2009 at 3:47 PM
Hi Carole!

I finally found the edge of the paper I used, so I'll add it here and to the details of my card in the gallery.

The paper is Fancy Pants, from the Aged Florals line, and is called "Enchanting" (Item #853). I found it at my LSS recently, but it seems to be hard to find online, so I think it may be an older release. You can find it here, toward the bottom of the page: http://www.franticstamper.com/fancypants.htm

I hope that helps!
~Michelle smile
Michelle Shuman (mybelle101)  |  Sun Jun 14, 2009 at 7:32 PM
what a really smashing card cannot wait to try it
[email protected]  |  Tue Jun 16, 2009 at 3:09 AM
Totally Awesome Technique! Someone else will have to cook dinner tonight!
JoniMari  |  Tue Jun 23, 2009 at 2:57 PM
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
KelsoBelle  |  Wed Jun 2, 2010 at 5:44 PM
Une décoration "géniale" et superbe. Quels talents on trouve sur ce site ! Bravo et merci. Amicalement.
Micha  |  Thu Sep 1, 2011 at 3:58 AM

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