Kaleidoscope Squares

by Dina Kowal

Stamp multiple die cuts and rotate them for a cool card focus.

Supplies

  • Square die (2" Spellbinders square die used here)
  • Cardstock
  • Stamp positioner (MISTI used here)
  • Stamp (Impression Obsession L13617 Cosmo Corner used here)
  • Ink (Versafine Clair used here)
  • Compatible coloring medium (Copic markers and Pablo colored pencils used here)
  • Adhesive
  • Sticky note
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: A Colorful Life Designs Delicate Flowers stencil)

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Die cut 4 identical squares. 2” squares were used here for a 5” square card base.

  2. Step 2

    Save one of your die cut panels to use as a template.

  3. Secure the template in your stamp positioner.

  4. Step 3

    Position your stamp over the template opening. Choose an image with an interesting angle, curve or feature to repeat.

  5. Close the positioner to attach the cling stamp.

  6. Step 4

    Fit a die cut square into the template opening.

  7. Stamp a test image to be sure the stamp is positioned to your liking. Adjust if needed.

  8. Step 5

    Lift out the stamped square without moving the template. A sticky note is a great tool for this! Press and lift.

  9. Step 6

    Stamp the remaining squares in the same way.

  10. Step 7

    Lay out the 4 squares in the same direction…

  11. ...then going around the arrangement, rotate them so each one is turned a quarter turn more than the one before.

  12. Step 8

    From this position, give each one a quarter turn to try out different rotations.

  13. Each rotation will have a different look.

  14. Step 9

    Cut a layering panel and card base for the squares. For a 1/8” border around and between the squares, add 2x the width of a square plus 3/8” (these are 2” squares, so my layering panel is 4 3/8” X 4 3/8”. My card base is 5” square).

  15. Step 10

    Color the panels as desired.

  16. Step 11

    Assemble the layers.

  17. Step 12

    Complete the card.

Video!

Variations

  1. Size your squares for a rectangular card. These are 1 1/2" squares on a 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" base.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Kaleidoscope Squares. 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 a fabulous idea. Never would have thought to do this. Thanks!
prpldy  |  Wed Jan 6, 2021 at 8:44 AM
Love your idea. Will try it for sure.
hopemitchell  |  Wed Jan 6, 2021 at 9:07 AM
What a totally unique idea! That particular stamp really lends itself to a dynamic kaleidoscope effect...
mphb  |  Wed Jan 6, 2021 at 2:05 PM
Hoping I can carve out some time tomorrow to try this.
GeorgiaBabydoll  |  Wed Jan 6, 2021 at 9:17 PM

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