3-Tier Technique

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I was playing with our Ornamental Pine stamp set last night and decided to try the 3-tier technique.  This type of design features rubber stamping simultaneously on three layers of light colored card stock of graduating dimensions and then assembling them on a coordinating cardstock.

What I learned with my warm up card (on the right):
#1) Plan ahead!!!!  After stamping my first attempt I realized I hadn’t saved any room for a greeting! pineconeframes
#2) Sponging the edges with Cherry Cobbler was a wrrooonng move.  It made the pine boughs look like they were bleeding!  Yuck!
#3) When photographing your card, adjust the ribbon correctly so it doesn’t cover up the greeting!  <<sigh>>  That’s really bugging me!

Directions for this card:
Dimensions:
Vanilla cardstock – – 5-1/4 x 3-3/4, 4-1/4 x 2-3/4 and 3-1/4 x 1-3/4; base card folded to 5-1/2 x 4-1/4
Chocolate Chip cardstock – – 5-1/2 x 4, 4-1/2 x 3 and 3-1/2 x 2
Steps:
1)
Use a tiny smudge of gluestick or removable glue to adhere all vanilla cardstock pieces together, stacked and centered on top of one another (see photo to the left); handshot
2) Stamp the greeting first (see what I learned?)
3) Using Stampin’ Write Markers, color the branches on the stamp brown (I used Chocolate Chip which isn’t sold separately so I indicated Early Expresso below) and color the bows Old Olive.  Huff on the stamp to remoisten the ink and stamp as usual;
4) Stamp the ornament with Cherry Cobbler;
5) Add texture by stamping splatter dots over all of the pieces. You can use Gorgeous Grunge or Frightful Wreath.  Or you can sponge brown ink over everything. I used Itty Bitty Backgrounds which is now retired.
6) Carefully separate the Vanilla cardstock pieces so that you can mount each one to its coordinating Chocolate Chip cardstock.
7) Layer all pieces on top of one another and glue in place.
8) Embellish with ribbon and rhinestones.

Give 3-Tier Technique a shot.  I’d love to see what you create!

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