Telescoping Card

by Beate Johns

Create an expanding card with three or more cardstock shapes.


  • Cardstock
  • Patterned paper (optional)
  • Shape Dies (Classic, Beaded and Jumbo Scallop Circle Nestabilities™ used here)
  • Paper piercing mat and tool
  • Two Brads
  • Stamps, The Greeting Farm Clear Christmas used here)
  • Ink
  • Scor-Tape™, or other strong adhesive


  1. Step 1

    Cut three shapes of choice out of cardstock or patterned paper. Cut shapes that are each slightly smaller than the one before.

  2. Step 2

    Decorate the shapes with stamps and, if desired, additional layers and embellishments.

  3. Step 3

    Lay out the shapes by size.

  4. Step 4

    Pierce a hole in the bottom of the middle shape.

  5. Step 5

    Place the medium size shape with its image upside down over the largest shape.

  6. Step 6

    Using the hole on the medium shape as a guide pierce a hole through the bottom shape.

  7. Connect shapes with brad.

  8. Step 7

    Pierce hole on the lower edge of your smallest shape.

  9. Step 8

    Line smallest shape up with medium one, the image of the smallest shape should be upside down. Pierce hole into the medium shape on the opposite side of your first brad.

  10. Attach layers with brad.

  11. Step 9

    Your telescopic card is done.



    Extend it!
    Create more then three base shapes and attach them with brads to each other for a longer telescopic card.

    Attach, then stamp
    Some people find it easier to attach the shapes together before adding the images.

    Mix it up!
    Try mixing up shapes. Try squares with circles or Circles with Nestabilities Label shapes.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Telescoping Card. 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.

Great tutorial. Love the idea. Will be sending link to my card group for them to see.
LINDA  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 3:18 AM
I love your work! This is a really nice idea and different.
An (from Aruba)
anuesca baly  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 3:41 AM
A great idea, love it. plan to use it ASAP.
Margaret Chapmon  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 5:07 AM
I love this card!! Thanks so much for all the great tutorials! I look forward to them every week:)
Cindy Appleman  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 5:13 AM
Beate...wonderful usual! smile
Susanne  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 5:22 AM
I love it!! I'll have to try it tonight. Too cute to pass wink
JOAN FIGUEROA-JIMENEZ  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 5:51 AM
That is a great idea, the finished piece is beautiful.
Kirsten Alicia  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 6:22 AM
I am thinking "Snowman!" Wouldn't that make a great winter-themed card....
EC  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 6:36 AM
This is so cool....I love it....can't wait to give it a try.....tfs
Gloria Westerman  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 7:20 AM
I just love this card. One question - can it stand?
Wendi Bazemore  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 8:03 AM
The card as it is shown will not stand.

If you want this card to stand, you will have to make the largest shape a card base, not just a single layer.
beate  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 8:11 AM
Love this idea! I can actually see a snowman in that design...hmm...Think I've got some ideas here! smile Thanks, Beate!!
Ruthie  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 8:56 AM
Looks like fun. Looking forward to trying it out. Many thanks. Barbara.
Barbara Hickson  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 10:14 AM
Love it...definitely going to make it!
GailK  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 10:20 AM
Love This.......Thank You!
ThePaperDiva  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 12:12 PM
Love it......
Pualani  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 1:30 PM
lovely idea thank you
Judy Stewart  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 1:54 PM
Another winner! Thanks for all your wonderful ideas, not to mention the excellence of the execution. Your cards are always stunning.
Lura  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 2:02 PM
THIS IS ADORABLE. By the way, I love order to and I'm Irish.
conil  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 2:40 PM
Love the idea. I can see lots of cute ways
to do this. Thanks for sharing.
Patti Zawadski  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 2:59 PM

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