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Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Cardmaking 201, Stars and Stamps, Tutorial | 7 comments

Tutorial: Triple Time Stamping

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today we’ll review a favorite tutorial of the year. This one was brought to us by Donna during one of our latest Virtual Card Making Parties. (If you haven’t hopped along with us for a VCMP – please do! They are amazing!) The original tutorial can be seen here but please feel free to stop by Donna’s blog and see the other pretty things she has to share. The Triple Time Stamping technique has resulted in so many beautiful cards this year – Sandy and the shippers have all reported lots of these beauties in the incoming mail this year. Since this technique is so versatile and fun to do for any occasion or time of year, we thought it would definitely be worth another share. Donna’s tutorial is as follows:


The Triple Time Stamping Technique

Today I am sharing a technique called Triple Time Stamping. It looks very impressive, but it goes together very quickly. It’s also a lot of fun! This card starts with varying sizes of white or vanilla and colored cardstocks. I’m using Whisper White and Tangerine Tango. I’ve noted the sizes on the photo below (click to make bigger):

The measurements, from top to bottom are

Orange: 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″

White: 4 x 5 1/4″

Orange: 3 1/4 x 4  1/2″

White: 3 x 4 1/4″

Orange: 2 1/4 x 3 1/2″

White: 2 x 3 1/4″

These layers are not adhered yet, I dry-fit them to show sizes and layering. I then removed the colored cardstock and layered the white cardstock:

You can use a repositional adhesive if you like, but I like to take a walk on the wild side and am just very careful with my stamping. I like to use large and/or very graphic stamps for this technique. I think of it as making my own patterned paper.


For this card, I used the large background stamp, Hello Doily! and the Delicate Doilies stamp set. I used coordinating ink colors in Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry and Rasberry Ripple. Do not worry about the lack of coverage in your stamping across the layers. It will take care of itself in the next step.

Be careful to line up your stamping and keep it going the same direction and adhere your stamped layers to the colored cardstock, one layer at a time.




I like to add an extra stamped image popped up on a dimensional adhesive and maybe something extra for a bit of embellishment and interest.

Here’s another example of the Triple Time Stamping Technique made with a different stamp set and color choice:


Isn’t that fun? Can you see how this card can be re-created in so many different ways by using different stamps and color choices? Would it also be possible to run the three white pieces of paper through an embossing folder? Has anyone tried this with some pretty embossing powders? How about using a different colored cardstock for the white layers? The possibilities of what can be put in the center as a focal point is also very interesting. Have you created a triple stamped card like this this year? If you have, or if you would like to give it a try, share your cards with us here today – we would love to see just how versatile this technique can be.

Thanks, Donna, for sharing with us again today!


  1. i love this technique, so very clever and BEAUTIFUL. I think I might try it with cool color colors and snow flakes!

  2. Wonderful tutorial. I love these cards and didn’t know how to do them. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing

  3. Love this technique. Just made a Valentines card using this technique. Love it!

  4. I have only created 2 triple stamp cards. I tried using the embossing powder first but the cardstock kind of crumpled and the powder got in between the layers so it was a mess. Would like to try again though…I love this design. Thank you for your wonderful instructions and pictures!

  5. OMG – LOVE IT! Can’t wait to try it with my next batch of cards I’ll be making.

  6. This technique looks beautiful! I am running to my stamps to see which ones I can use right now!!


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