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.

Thank you so much! Your instructions are so much easier than the other set that I tried to follow!
Garnet  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 3:29 PM
That is beautiful, I love your video tutorials. I always like to try new things wink Thanks for another great idea.
Lisa  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 4:00 PM
what a great idea for a christmas hanging on the tree, opens all possiblilitys thank you
wendy reynolds  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 4:34 PM
This is a very cool and unusual card - will save this idea for future reference! Thank you so much!
Maureen Chandler  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 5:01 PM
Thanks so much, Beata, for making this tutorial.
You kept your promise! This is very clear and
easy to understand. Love your work!!! grin
SGiles  |  Wed Nov 2, 2011 at 11:20 PM
This is so neat. I love this idea of doing this telescoping card w/ a theme. Your card is GORGEOUS!!!
Kris  |  Thu Nov 3, 2011 at 7:09 AM
I love this...thanks for sharing...the wheels are turning in my head!!! YEAH! I am inspired by your talent.
Wanda  |  Thu Nov 3, 2011 at 7:26 AM
Thanks so much Beate for this wonderful tutorial. I got busy right away and made a Hanukkah card using the telescoping technique. I saved it in the gallery under "Hebrew Holidays" SU set since that is the stamp set I used.
Jennifer Woodward  |  Thu Nov 3, 2011 at 10:39 AM
Something so simple but so smart I can use this for
lots of ideals thanks for your time and talent
Sue Gatewood  |  Fri Nov 4, 2011 at 3:31 PM
What a brilliant idea - so versatile. I can picture it for little kids, too! Thanks for the great idea!

aloha, rosy
KonaRose  |  Sat Nov 5, 2011 at 1:38 AM
Love this! I'm going to use it in a mini album. Thank you!
Teecee  |  Sat Nov 5, 2011 at 9:22 AM
"I'm German. I like order." Bahahaha! Fantastic! I'm going to start blaming my 'need for order' on being Dutch...or Canadian? Anyway, thanks Beate just for being wonderful, creative and funny!
Marsha  |  Sat Nov 5, 2011 at 10:58 AM
Tack för idén. Mĺste testa
GunBritt  |  Sun Nov 6, 2011 at 8:40 AM
Great Idea! I feel a Christmas card coming on!! smile
Bette  |  Sun Nov 6, 2011 at 10:15 AM
Beate ~ love this card so unique. What were the exact dimension that you used for each of your base layers............can't wait to try this one, thank you for all you great tutorials.
Dena Martinelli  |  Sun Nov 6, 2011 at 7:26 PM
Where can you find the seasons paper pad at? And what
Brand is the paper pad by?

Carole  |  Tue Nov 8, 2011 at 10:32 PM
What is the name of the paper pad you use for this card?
It is a very cute card and would like to make some. I like
The paper you used for this card very much.
Carole  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 6:20 AM
The paper pad is from Echo Park and it's called Season's Greetings.
Beate  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 6:24 AM
I love this card! Thank you for the inspiration smile

I made a Christmas/Snowman version. It is on my blog if you are interested in seeing it smile
NinaN  |  Wed Nov 30, 2011 at 11:04 AM
Great Card! I'm already thinking of other cards. Thank you for the inspiration.
SUSAN  |  Thu Dec 8, 2011 at 2:47 PM

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