Telescoping Snowman Card

by Cindy Hall

Create a card with a telescoping snowman.


  • Cardstock, light blue, white, orange, black and green used here
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoring tool
  • Circle dies, or punches in various sizes
  • Punches and/or other shaped dies
  • Versamark™, or other embossing ink
  • Glitter embossing Powder
  • Heat tool
  • Paper Piercing Tool and mat
  • Brads, white, red, black and brown used here
  • Adhesive, liquid and glue dots used here
  • Ribbon
  • Glitter
  • White Pigment Ink


  1. Step 1

    Cut a piece of light blue cardstock to 4 1/4" x 11". Using paper trimmer,1 1/4" from each edge cut a slit lengthwise from 1" to 6 1/2". With scoring tool, score from outside edge to slit at 1", 2" and 6 1/2" on each side. Score at 5 1/2" between the two slits.

    Check our Center Step Card tutorial for more photos for these steps. The only difference is that the cut lines for this card start at 1 1/4" instead of 1".

  2. Step 2

    Fold along score lines and use bone folder to crease well.

  3. Step 3

    Cut a 2", a 2 1/2" and a 3" circle with dies. Ink circles with VersaMark pad, coat with glitter embossing powder and melt with heat tool.

  4. Step 4

    Create hat with 1 1/4" square and oblong word punch; adhere pieces together with glue dots. Draw two holly leaves on green cardstock, cut out and adhere to hat with glue dots. Pierce 3 holes at bottom of holly leaves. Pierce 2" circle for eyes and mouth, and 1/4" from bottom edge. Pierce 2 1/2" circle 1/2" from top, in center and 1/4" from bottom. Pierce 3" circle 1/2" from top and in center.

  5. Step 5

    Insert black brads for eyes and mouth, red brads for berries on hat, larger black glimmer brads in centers of 2 1/2" and 3" circles. Join 2" circle to 2 1/2" circle with white brad and 2 1/2" circle to 3" circle with larger black glimmer brad. Cut small wedge out of orange cardstock, crumple it, and adhere to center of snowman’s head with glue dot.

  6. Step 6

    Tie ribbon around bottom of head and secure to back and front of head with glue dots.

  7. Step 7

    Cut out two snowflakes with die or punch and cut out snowman arms from snowflake die.

  8. Step 8

    Pierce through end of ‘arms’ and 2 1/2" circle, staying at least 1/2" from edge and connect pieces with brown brads.

  9. Step 9

    Cut two large scallop circles with punch and a 4 1/4" x 1 1/2" strip out of white cardstock. Cover with liquid glue and add white glitter.

  10. Step 10

    Sponge white pigment ink on front of card, add a few dabs of liquid ink and sprinkle with white glitter. Let dry.

  11. Step 11

    Cut off small amount of each scallop circle to create a flat edge and glue to card with glue dots.

  12. Step 12

    Turn card over and from the back, cut off the excess scallop circles.

  13. Step 13

    Gently turn arms toward the center, and close telescoping snowman. This will be easier as you move the pieces back and forth a few times. Place glue dots down the center of the back of the large circle, avoiding the brads, and adhere to center strip of card.

  14. Step 14

    Reopen snowman. Adhere a ribbon around the scallop strip with glue dots. Stamp a sentiment with black ink on white cardstock and cut out with die or punch. Adhere to ribbon with glue dots or dimensionals. Adhere strip to bottom of card.


Your Turn

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

Wowsa!!!! Don't know if I can get that all to work but love this. Thank you for sharing it with all of us.
Kristine  |  Tue Nov 6, 2012 at 6:33 AM
This is such a fun project. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Tue Nov 6, 2012 at 7:45 AM
I love telescoping cards! I've never done a snowman, though, and I've never done it with a Center Step Card! LOVELY video!!!
Susan  |  Tue Nov 6, 2012 at 7:55 AM
this is awesome! Looks like a ton of fun if I can get it to work! smile
Beth Lowery  |  Tue Nov 6, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Was there a video for this??
Karen  |  Tue Nov 6, 2012 at 6:21 PM
Karen, it's right there under the photo tutorial.
Beate  |  Tue Nov 6, 2012 at 6:36 PM
I have that, but it does not come on when I click the arrow??
Karen  |  Tue Nov 6, 2012 at 7:14 PM
What a fun idea! Great tutorial!
Theresa Momber  |  Wed Nov 7, 2012 at 8:10 AM
Thank you so very much for this delightful project. Very clever -- great instructions -- I am still smiling at my completed "work of art" -- thanks to you.
Martha K Gore  |  Wed Nov 7, 2012 at 6:30 PM

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