Triple Time Stamping: A Quick Tutorial

I’m sure the triple time stamping technique has probably been around for awhile, but I only latched onto it about a year ago when it was all over Pinterest. I think this technique can produce absolutely gorgeous results, but it does require a pretty strict adherence to placement of the different pieces. However, this can be easily solved with a little bit of Snail adhesive.

This is just a basic tutorial. Obviously, you can do so many different things with this, so my tutorial is just to get you started. For my example I will use two colors of cardstock, one of which is Whisper White. Here’s what you want your card stock pieces to line up as once they’re cut:

Oh, and PS, I am using my 4.25″ x 5.5″ card base on its side, so think landscape here, not portrait. But feel free to switch it up, the rules are the same. 🙂

Now when you break this apart you will see the measurements used for cutting the card stock. Basically you are cutting each color of cardstock into 3 rectangles that decrease in size each time by ½.”

You can also make your card base white, if you like, or you can make it any other color you want. Just reverse the cuts. In my case, the diagram shows my colored card stock in white and my stamped layers in striped. (It was actually polka dots when I uploaded it, but somehow this is how it’s showing!)

Okay, now let’s see some color. Here are my “cut” card stock pieces, including my card base.

Now here’s the part where you want to pay attention (work with me, now): take the white card stock pieces and layer them on top of each other from largest to smallest. That means, that the first piece of card stock to be stamped and lay it on your work surface. Take the next smallest piece (that would be the medium size), turn it over, stick a tiny bit of Snail adhesive on the back, and then flip it over and attach it to the bottom layer matching centers, which means the medium piece now has a ½” border, if you will, from the piece below it. Next, do the same thing with the smallest cut of card stock: flip it over, add some Snail adhesive, flip it back, and attach it to the two bottom layers, again matching the centers. The smallest, or top piece, will now be ½” inside the middle piece, on all sides.

Like this:

Once you have all three “stamping” layers stuck together, pull out whatever stamp(s) you want to use and have at it! Larger stamps tend to work a little better, if you’re just starting out, because you can catch more of the detail and how cool it looks when you put the pieces back together.

So here are my white stamping layers fully stamped:

And here comes the fun part: disassemble your stamped layers. Don’t worry about the adhesive on the back. Attach your layers to the card base as shown, being sure to match the centers. There should now be a ¼-inch “border” around each layer of cardstock:

  • Card Base
  • Bottom Stamped Layer
  • Largest Piece of Cut Cardstock
  • Middle Stamped  Layer
  • Smaller Piece of Cut Cardstock
  • Top Stamped Layer

Your finished project will hopefully look like this. Notice how the detail of the stamping is now spread out neatly across the card stock layers:

And finally, here is my card using the Stampin’ Up! Wetlands stamp set, one of my personal faves. Hope you enjoyed the tutorial…