Extreme Cards and Papercrafting: Tessellation Lizards

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Feb 20, 2014

Tessellation Lizards

This birthday card was inspired by a well-known Escher design of tessellated lizards.

The card is cut in four layers. From top to bottom the colors are gray, black, white, and then a black base card.

Recommended for machine cutting.

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Download file set: PDF, Silhouette Studio, SVG, DXF.

Assemble in this order. 1.Lay out the white layer. 2.Adhere the black layer on top. Note that the center two black lizards are not attached to the rest of this cut out. Refer to the photograph to position them correctly. (I first made sure the lizards were knee-to-knee, then foot-to-foot.) 3. Adhere the gray layer. 4. Lastly, adhere the entire lizard sandwich to the base card.

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Anita said...

You are a rock star of paper!!! Thanks for sharing!

Gail said...

I agree, Rock Star! Thank you for this fabulous card!

Erin said...


Jeanette said...

This is just over-the-top amazing! Thank you so much - I will definitely enjoy using this file.

Jeanette said...

This is just over-the-top amazing! Thank you so much - I will definitely enjoy using this file.

Scrappycath said...

Wow! I'm blown away. This is cool!

1CardCreator said...

This is awesome Carol, thanks so much for sharing! ~Diane

m3m said...


I'd really like to make this card! However, I do not get four different layers to cut when I choose the pdf. I just get a very tiny picture.

Unknown said...

Thank you so much! I tend to download many things i never end up usng but I have already made a card using this marvelous design. My male friends and relatives will especially appreciate it. How did you ever figure out how to layer it?

Carol P said...

m3m, ooops, I had only fixed the Silhouette and DXF files. PDF and SVG version now in four separate parts! Thanks for letting me know.

Kathy, A lot of trial and error. I traced out the square of lizards and filled all the little pieces in with 3 different colors until the design looked correct. (All pieces of the same color were in the same layer.)

Then on one lizard, in one color, I started deleting pieces (eyes or stripes) to see how it affected the overall design. If deleting something didn't change what I saw, I knew it wasn't necessary to have that part, and I deleted ALL of the identical pieces of that color. So that took care of getting the eyes and stripes right.

Then I dealt with the outlines of the lizards. I soon realized that the outermost outline only had to be on the top layer (grey) so that meant eliminating that part of the outline on the black and white layers. Then I realized that the lizard outlines were completely made by the cutouts on the black layer. That meant there are only eyes and stripes cut out of the white layer.

The hardest part for me to "get" was that I needed two black layers. If you want black ON TOP of white, AND showing through cut-outs in white, there have to be black pieces both under and on top of white.

Lori Matheny said...

Carol, this is perfect timing for my brother's bday the 7th of April!
I can't wait to make this for him. Maybe I'll think up a way to incorporate his new RN status as well.

Thanks so much!

Robyn said...

I just cut this file and I love it! Thanks so much

saltylass said...

Thank you, neat file. Your generosity is much appreciated