Telescoping Image

by Holly McMillen

Cut image several times and layer them on top of each other to create a unique look.


  • Nesting Dies (four consecutive sizes)

  • Image that fills largest die

  • Ink

  • Dimensionals

  • Post–It® Notes or similar repositionable tape

  • Supplies to finish card/project


  1. Step 1

    Stamp image twice and color (if needed)

  2. Step 2

    Position largest die over one of the images. Use the post-it note to hold it in place.

  3. Step 3

    Line up the 2nd and 3rd largest dies on the same image.

  4. Holding down the middle die, gently pull the 2nd die away and affix the center die with a Post-It note. Run this through your die cut machine.

  5. Step 4

    Position the largest die over the second image. Line up the 2nd, 3rd and 4th dies inside.

  6. Carefully remove the largest die and the 3rd die and tack down the remaining two dies with post-it notes. Run this through your die cut machine.

  7. Step 5

    Stack the four die cut pieces using dimensional adhesive.

  8. Step 6

    Complete your card/project.


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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Terrific Tutorial. I'll have to try this one. Thanks so much.
Lorie-ThePeddler  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 3:34 AM
this is awesome...I'm having to try this soon.
Carolyn Smith  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 5:07 AM
Why make it so difficult? The middles don't need to be cut out on the lower layers. Cut a series of solid images, each one smaller than the last then layer them up, It's what we, in the UK, call pyramid 3D decoupage or 'pyramage' and it's been around for a long time. You can use the frame style to make inverted pyramage. Use a full image for the base then layer the frame cuts, from smallest to largest, on top so you look into the image. Works well with a path or road as it adds depth.
Pam  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 5:13 AM
My friend and I are getting together to try your Wednesday tutorials! We needed this so we can have a reason to get together and craft! Thanks. Can't wait to try this one!
Melissa  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 5:53 AM
Love the look and the dimension of the finished card. Will give this a try for sure. Thanks for the great idea Holly and thanks Beate for doing the video, it's always nice to see it done this way as I am a visual learner! Well done Ladies!!!
Kris  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 6:16 AM
Love the technique and the stamp - who is the stamp by?
Sarah Sills  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 6:52 AM
Love this project, ignore negative comments, you always do a super job, thank you. What did did you use to male the lace border, it really sets the whole thing off. Keep up the good work, I appreciate all your efforts
Evelyn Iden  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 7:09 AM
I have been watching for a VERY long time and I have always wondered about this technique. You both make it look so easy!! I am excited tog et in and try it out today!!! TFS!
Heather  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 7:38 AM
We did something similar, but if you cut all the shapes from plain card stock, then nest them or stack them as you wish, then stamp the images. Everything would line up perfectly.
Donna  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 7:47 AM
There are kits available with punch out graphics that are graduated in size...just add the 3-D tape. FYI: some of these cards might need extra postage.
Jann Schott  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 8:04 AM
The stamp set Holly used is from JustRite Stampers and is called With Sympathy.

yes, you can stamp and cut the image four different times, but you have to make sure they stack up nicely. This way you have to color less (if it's an outline image) and you use less paper. Each way works.
Beate  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 8:10 AM
Pam, there will always be multiple variations of a technique that produce nearly the same result. With this method only 2 images need to be stamped and colored, instead of 4. I'm all for less paper, less cutting, etc! smile
Donna  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 8:27 AM
Thank you so very much for the tutorial...going to try it...thanks again...
MaryAnn  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 8:42 AM
superbe jolie bise raymonde
raymonde  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 8:56 AM
' very nice
marian  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 10:41 AM
I wondered how this technique was obtained. Now I've got it. Wow! This looks really easy. Thanks so much for the info and sharing it! Can't wait to try.
Penny Hill  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM
This is a great technique...but what if u don't have nestibilities?
Karen O.  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Beate, I have always wondered how to do this so thank you for the wonderful tutorial. It is next on my list to make. The Flourishes flowers are perfect for this.
Lynne Ingram  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 2:14 PM
Fantastic! Thank you so much for a quick and easy way to do this and it makes perfect sense to do it this way rather than stamping and colouring 4 images! Defintately one im going to try. xx
Caroline  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 3:24 PM
Love, love this technique. Absoloutely gorgeous. Thanks Holly and Beate for taking the time to show us this card.
Deborah  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 4:15 PM

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