A Reason to Smile for Triple Time Stamping

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I’m diggin’ the Triple Time Stamping Technique and it’s surprisingly easy.  Simply layer rectangles of various sizes on top of each other, stamp and then reassemble with mats to produce a crisp and graphic 3-D look.  I was inspired to try the Triple Time Stamping Technique after having received the gorgeous card below (Creative Elements Stamp Set) from fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Dawn Olchefske.  Thanks, Dawn!  Click here for her Triple Time Stamping Tutorial.



  • For a little twist, I stamped the flower (Reason to Smile) on Comfort Caf? Designer Series Paper (DSP).
  • The DSP was cut into three rectangles measuring 2″ x 3 1/4″, 3″ x 4 1/4″ and 4″ x 5 1/4″.  I centered and adhered the three on top of each other with a temporary adhesive and stamped.  Don’t panic . . . there will be a little bit of a gap in ink where the pieces overlap.  The mat will ultimately cover them.
  • Separate the 3 stamped rectangles and layer on Early Espresso card stock sized to 1/4″ larger than each piece.

Stampin up demonstrator blog order on line triple time stamping sympathy card ideas

  • The So Sorry stamp set is an essential for everything from sympathy cards to the loss of a pet.   Part of the message can be used on the card’s interior.

Stampin up demonstrators blog order online triple time stamping sympathy card ideas

  • The sentiment is kept very basic (no layers) with a single brad.  This is a clean counterbalance to the patterns.


MaryRedTulipTHE REASON TO SMILE STAMP SET PROMOTION ENDS JULY 31.  Place a $50 product order and get the Reason to Smile stamp set for just $5.  This stamp set is a July exclusive will no longer be available after July 31.  Learn more.

Reason to smile rubber stamps stampin up pretty
Reason to Smile – Wood Mount Item #131274 – $5.00
Reason to Smile – Clear Mount Item #131275 – $5.00

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Stampin up demonstrator blog order on line triple time stamping sympathy cards idea
Stamp Set:  Reason to Smile (Wood-Mount 131274, Clear-Mount 131275), So Sorry (Wood-Mount 126525, Clear-Mount 126527)
Paper:  Comfort Caf? Designer Series Paper (126898), Summer Starfruit (126839), Early Espresso (119686), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink:  Early Espresso (126974), Summer Starfruit Stampin’ Write Marker (2012-2014 In Color Collection, 126856)
The Perfect Touch:  Summer Starfruit 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon (126846), Metallic Brads (119741), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

So sorry rubber stamps stampin up


  1. Hi Mary,

    it?s a beautiful card with these technik.
    The colors match. Wonderfull!!

    regards from Germany


  2. Hannah

    The So Sorry stamp set can be ordered through my online store (http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx?dbwsdemoid=2026178) item number #126527 for clear mount and item #126525 for wood mount.

    All of my Stampin’ Supplies for each project are listed at the end of each post, including item numbers.

    Hugs, M

  3. Beautiful card. I love the layered stamping. Where can I get the “So Sorry…” stamp set?

  4. hi mary… saw you black and cream one a short time ago… i have done my turn on them and i really like the results… you have beautiful cards…

    thanks and god bless, lydia

  5. VERY nice layered stamping!!! Love this idea…thanks for sharing!!!

  6. Dear Mary,
    i love the cards that you made! Congratulations on your success! I’ve seen the pictures of the convention.
    Greetings from germany

  7. Well done Mary! It does seem as if Dawn has really started something with her tutorial on this technique — I love it too!

  8. LOVE THIS!!!! And so simple, too!

  9. I had watched the DOstamping video a few days ago and had decided to use this technique for this same particular stamp for my next Card Club Meeting. I had several ladies that ended up being able to order so I thought it would be nice to make a card using the Reason to Smile Stamp Set!

    Love your take on this!!! LOVE the DSP as well! 🙂

  10. This is so pretty!!! Using the DSP really makes it clean and easy to do. Thanks so much for sharing :o)

  11. Karen Blanton

    Need to try this technique, love it! Thanks for sharing.

  12. I LOVE this technique but didn’t know what it was called. I have a card ready for post on my blog for Monday – Your card is so stinkin awesome and love how you stamped on DSP….BRILLIANT Girlfriend!

  13. Sylvia Johnson

    This is gorgeous! Also that is one of my all time favorite stamps. It’s so elegant.

  14. Great design – thanks again for the inspiration – you and Dawn.

  15. Beautiful job, Ladies!! I will definitely try this now :o}

  16. Great idea to stamp on the DSP! Thanks for the shout out!

  17. Hi Mary!
    After seeing this technique on Dawn’s blog – I have tried it several times! Love your twist on the idea.

  18. Hello Mary: This looks amazing and so super easy too!! Thanks for the daily inspiration. You see? I never would have thought of doing this so thank you and thank Dawn as well, her card is also amazing.

  19. And soo pretty , Ms Mary , still haven’t Tryed that yet , but going to …. Love it
    Tfs ,hugs frenchie

  20. Well done, Mary! I love the look on DSP ~ you always take something and give it added life! The inside is just right – brads are a great finishing touch. Hugs!

  21. This is so cool! I have never heard of this before but have to try it now! Thanks for the measurements and tips – you make it so easy 🙂

  22. I LOVE these!!! So clever!!

  23. Hi Mary,
    Love your card! I just made my first card with this technique and really liked the results as well. I do love how yours turned out on the DSP so will have to try that next time! Thank you for always giving us inspiration to keep trying new things.

  24. The hottest template out there! I love this horizontal take on Triple-Time! Great choice of dsp allowing your daisy to turn a little yellow! Marvelous!

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