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Wednesday’s Card: Split Background Card

Split Background

Hi All!

One of my blog readers, Karen, sent me a photo of a card she created with this technique. I thought it was just so cool! Thank you Karen for sharing your card with me. 🙂

This card is not bulky at all, and it’s pretty easy to make. The stamped part is just one piece of paper that I cut into three parts. The black cardstock is cut into the following measurements:
– 4.25″ x 5.5″
– 3″ x 4.25″
– 1.75″ x 3″

I cut the white cardstock into parts to reduce the weight. It would be a lot of layers otherwise.

My first guest designer post for Faber-Castell will be this Monday!! So, come back then to see what I made, video included!!

Enjoy the video and see you Monday! 🙂







  • 1/8″ Black Satin Ribbon




  1. wrote on September 26th, 2012 at 10:32 am


    You’re motivating me to pull out my aqua painter again. I have never gotten such nice results. I will try using it on Neenah paper, like you did. Maybe that will help.
    Great card and cool technique.

  2. wrote on September 26th, 2012 at 10:58 am


    Great card, Darlene. I saw this technique on SCS and it’s called “Triple time stamping” . This lady’s name is Dawn Olchefske. I think this technique is so nice because you can use any stamp on any shade of CS.
    Thanks for this wednesday’s video. As always, inspirational.

  3. wrote on September 26th, 2012 at 12:05 pm


    Love this effect! Thanks for the video and looking forward to Monday!

  4. wrote on September 26th, 2012 at 12:54 pm


    Wow, now there’s yet another name for this technique! LOL!! I first saw it shown by Julia Stainton on the Ellen Hutson Classroom blog. She called it “Seamless Tiers” and said that it was a technique that she had learned so many years ago that she had forgotten what it was called so she named it “Seamless Tiers” for her tutorial. Then I next saw it when there was a big flurry of it on SU demonstrators blogs after their convention not long ago. They called it Triple Time Stamping. I’m not certain, but I think Dawn Olchefske demonstrated it at the convention and lots of demonstrators then posted examples of the technique on their blogs. And now here’s another name for the technique… who knows… maybe this is the original name from many years ago. I still consider myself fairly new to the papercrafting world and it has been really interesting to me, since I’m really into learning techniques that make my cards more special, to see how some of those techniques have come and gone and then returned again. Once again the old saying by Ambrose Bierce is proven true… “There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don’t know.”

  5. wrote on September 26th, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    JoAnne in Wa.

    I haven’t used my aqua painter in a long time but this vid inspires me to pull it out again. Such a pretty card and looks easy to do. My favorite blue is the Tempting Turqoise, too. Great minds think alike!

  6. wrote on September 26th, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Efrat S.

    Such great card. Love your creations and your videos. Thank you.

  7. wrote on September 26th, 2012 at 1:58 pm


    It looks so easy with your video and wonderful ! Thank you very much ! 🙂 I suppose I’ll try it quickly 🙂

  8. wrote on September 26th, 2012 at 2:02 pm


    Whatever you call it, this is one of my favorite techniques! Love this card. I like this one because you actually use less paper than with the Triple Time Technique. Can you ever know where some of these techniques “originate” lol? But, please, keep um coming!

  9. wrote on September 26th, 2012 at 2:46 pm


    Love this effect! Thanks for the video.

  10. wrote on September 26th, 2012 at 2:55 pm


    Your Hero Arts Stamp is the perfect image for this technique. This card has such a wow factor and I like your idea of making a less bulky version of the “triple-time” technique. Great video, as always! Darlene, I always look forward to your Wednesday videos! Many thanks for sharing your talents with us!

  11. wrote on September 26th, 2012 at 4:01 pm


    Also recently saw this type of card featured at OperationWriteHome.org – – OWH collects hand-created cards and forwards them to service members overseas – to help them keep in touch with loved ones back home. Nice to have the video (and measurements) to create some cards for the current box I’m filling up for our heroes!

  12. wrote on September 26th, 2012 at 5:57 pm


    Beautiful card! The stamp and coloring are perfect, and your video and instructions are great. Thank you for taking the time to share your card and techniques!

  13. wrote on September 26th, 2012 at 7:29 pm


    GORGEOUS, so… delicate! Very, very, very pretty!!! Thank you for sharing.

  14. wrote on September 26th, 2012 at 8:20 pm


    Hi Darlene,
    Wow – this card is so cool!! As always, you are amazing. I think I will try this tonight. Thanks for sharing!

  15. wrote on September 27th, 2012 at 7:16 am


    Amazing, so cute!!! Thanks for sharing with us.

  16. wrote on September 27th, 2012 at 8:52 am


    Wonderful stacked layering technique. Saw this technique used on my friend’s site, Susan of Expression Avenue, and had to come ck it out. Will give this a try.
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”

  17. wrote on September 27th, 2012 at 8:59 am


    OK – I didn’t see this before so I like your name and LOVE your video…thank you for sharing and for the demo….as soon as I get my newly arranged craftroom in order I am definately going to try this. Happy Thursday!!

  18. wrote on September 27th, 2012 at 10:19 am


    Beautiful card Darlene! Thanks for sharing the technique. Love the blue and black combination, and that is my favorite blue as well!

  19. wrote on September 30th, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Joan Garlough

    Hi Darlene,
    I can hardly wait for Wednesdays to come along, to see your next video..(but I don’t like how fast the months fly by!). I love, love, love, this card and plan to make some cards from your instructions. These are my favorite colors as well. I have seen other examples of this technique, but I like yours the best – it saves on paper and it saves on postage. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

  20. wrote on January 27th, 2013 at 4:57 pm


    I love triple stamping look but don’t really care for the bulk. This is a fabulous idea. What size is the white paper? I didn’t catch it. Thanks.

    • wrote on January 30th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Michele – the white paper is actually 1/8″ less than a standard card size, so 4.25-1/8 by 5.5-1/8.

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