Triple Stamping

by Joan Ervin

Stamp over several layers to create a dimensional image.


  • White cardstock
  • Black cardstock
  • Paper trimmer
  • Stamp or stamps large enough to cover a 4 " area
  • Two sided tape
  • Adhesive or glue
  • Foam dots
  • Coloring medium
  • Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Cut white cardstock into one 2", one 3" and one 4" square.

  2. Step 2

    Cut black card stock for matting into one 4 1/8" square, one 3 1/8" square and one 2 1/8" square.

  3. Step 3

    Stack the layers smallest on top...once you have them lined up the way you want, lightly tape the layers in place using a small piece of double sided so the layers stay in place when you stamp over them.

  4. Step 4

    Stack the layers in the center or be creative and stack them along the side.

  5. Step 5

    Stamp your image over all three layer at the same time.

  6. Step 6

    You will have gaps around the second and third layers, however, when you add the matting layers, the gaps will disappear.

  7. Step 7

    Color image before you adhere layers

  8. Step 8

    Adhere layers....use foam dots to adhere the top layer to add a little dimension.

  9. Step 9

    Add embellishments and adhere layers to card base.

  10. Step 10

    Finish your card.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Triple Stamping. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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I love this technique!
Lois Bak  |  Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 6:21 PM
You are very adept at giving understandable instructions. I plan to try this tomorrow! Thank you so very much, as it is always fun to learn new techniques!
Betts Paschke  |  Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 11:21 PM
This is a very easy beautiful card to create quickly!
Deborah Wolfington  |  Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 10:02 AM
Thanks for the tutorial and beautiful example of triple stamping. Follow the URL to see my contribution. What fun!
Karen Summey  |  Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 10:50 AM
I was expecting this technique to be more difficult. I will definitely try this.
Margaret Dudt  |  Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 1:35 PM
I would like to know where I can get that sponge that you used on the triple stamping card. I really liked the card. Joanna
Joanna Faccone  |  Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 6:34 PM
Hi Joanna,
I use the Blending tool from Ranger in combination with their craft mat underneath. It makes sponging very easy. I have one for each color group and some just for my favorite inks. You can see how I store them on my Craft Room page on my blog. You can find the tool in most online stores as well as Michaels. I am not 100% sure (since we don't have a JoAnn's around where I live), but I think JoAnn's is carrying them too.
Beate Johns  |  Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:29 PM
This technique is lovely. Can you give cutting dimensions for a 5 1/2 by 4 1/4 card?
Yolanda Rivera  |  Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 1:05 AM
Beautifully done ,simply love it your card and tutorial is wonderfully done. Easy to follow.Thank you
Karla Michel  |  Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 9:47 PM
thanks for a great tutorial, very easy to follow, have made this type of card before but got confused, "which isn't hard" but your tutorial explains everything so simply.
Mudite Cheers  |  Fri Feb 8, 2013 at 4:38 PM
Wow! Thank you for sharing - I can't wait to try this technique
Barbara Roe  |  Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 4:15 PM
Love this technique. Very pretty ! Thank you for sharing !!
Hugs from Spain
Monica Blitger  |  Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 9:29 PM
I have tried this technique several times, sometimes it works and some times the stamps just don't line up, is it the thickness of the paper quality? maybe you can suggest?
Mudite Cheers  |  Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 2:52 AM
Hi Mudite,
What do you mean the stamps don't line up. Do you mean the gap (non stamped areas) are too big? If so, you might want to use thinner paper. Or stand up and press down hard when you stamp the image over all three layers.
Beate Johns  |  Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 7:26 AM
Thanks Beate for your tip, yes I sometimes have problems with the gap on non stamped areas, will try thinner cardstock next time, thanks once again.
Mudite Cheers  |  Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 4:18 PM
Thank you for the great technique and showing us how to do it!!
Heather Bannerman  |  Fri Mar 1, 2013 at 11:50 PM
What a great idea! I love the look of this. It looks complicated, but you showed us it isn't! Thank you!
Kathy Carlson  |  Sat Mar 2, 2013 at 6:23 PM
I am loving this look, I will be doing this one in the not so distant future.. You are an awesome instructor. I am pleased to learn this technique.
Elizabeth Brewer-Philliips  |  Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 6:57 PM
Just looking at this in Jan. of 2015, but really appreciate it. I will do this for my next Card Swap. Makes an elegant card.
Thank you
Vicki  |  Sat Jan 17, 2015 at 9:07 PM
To begin, I do understand the triple layer stamping but lately have been seeing where the image is stamped over a cut out design. When I do this the little rises from one layer to next do not get the full image. Ex: cut out circle in center with a design in center. So I want to stamp perhaps a leaf on the top sheet, wanting it to connect to circle design and finish off at the top of the top layer. But of course every time the leaf doesn't stamp fully. Does this make sense? Could someone call me..812-876-7818 ?
Nina Babcock  |  Tue Jun 23, 2015 at 3:17 PM

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