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!

Questions and Comments

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

If you have no nestabilities, see video on Triple time stamping. It will be flat, but just as effective.
jjdearth  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 4:16 PM
Thanks Beatte Great instructions
Flo  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 4:20 PM
PS also thanks to Holly
Flo  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 4:20 PM
Beautiful card and I love this technique. I have done one with already cut pieces. Great to learn how to do it myself. I love the frame did you make it? Thanks for your time in making this tutorial.
Melissa Ann Smith  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 6:40 PM
Looking forward to trying this out! Made to look fun & easy. TFS
Kardluver  |  Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 7:41 PM
Wow, I have great stamps and nestabilities for this project. I better get started.
Seriously, love the look and thank you for the great how to.
Lynn  |  Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 6:51 AM
Beautifully done ladies! Both creations are just gorgeous!
Sharon Johnson  |  Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 10:31 AM
hi,what a pretty ideas,will have to try it...thank you
Elizabeth f Jennings  |  Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 6:09 PM
Beautiful! so glad I don't have to color all 4 layers - not sure I would have figured that out on my own. smile Nicely done, ladies!! xo
mamadini  |  Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 11:54 PM
J'ai essayé et réussi !
It's very beautiful. It is like a puzzle!
Merci beaucoup, thanks a lot.
Carole  |  Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 3:08 PM
Holly, this is gorgeous!! I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.
Lorie McMullen (aka MelodyGal)  |  Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 6:46 PM
Hi Beate,
I just have to tell you that you have beautiful hands. The black background makes the project pop. You have a smooth delivery of the instructions and I enjoy your tutorials. I take notes on your tutorials in a journal that I keep near my computer. Blessings, April
April Strempke  |  Sat Aug 18, 2012 at 4:12 PM
Beautiful card and technique!!! Never would of thought of doing that or thought of the way you did that, Thanks so much for sharing that with us!!

Brenda W.
Brenda Westhafer  |  Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 7:42 AM
I loved this card as soon as I saw it! What a simple but effective tecnique. Thank you so much. I made a card using Stampin Up Apothecary stamp and framelits. It turned out so lovely.
Marilyn  |  Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 4:14 AM
What a pretty card. Thank you for sharing the technique of telescoping. I can't wait to try it. I'm glad you took the time to provide the video too. It made the instructions much better to follow.
Helen Burnley  |  Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 8:56 PM
I love this method creates a lighter weight card to mail. Great job!
Terri S  |  Mon Sep 3, 2012 at 7:15 PM
I like this technique so much better than making several of the same and layering as I only want to color once. Love your work. Thank you so much for sharing
Sheri Lehman  |  Tue Jan 31, 2017 at 2:37 PM

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