Triptych Tutorial

ATC Triptych Tutorial using Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) - Marjie Kemper

I’m sharing a triptych tutorial today using Artist Trading Cards (ATCs).  I make these every now and again, usually with a mix of inspirational stamps or quotes.  Click on any photo to enlarge.

Triptych Tutorial with Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Marjie Kemper

Xyron is launching several new products this week including the 3/8″ high-tack Adhesive Dots I used on this triptych.  I will gladly vouch for the high-tack description… they are a nice strong adhesive.

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Coloring the ATCs

Triptych Tutorial with Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Marjie Kemper

I started my project by inking up three blank manila ATCs with stamps and stencils, using Ranger Distress Inks.

Triptych Tutorial with Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Marjie Kemper

Adhering the accent pieces

I pulled out some circle stamps and used paper punches to cut out the stamped images.

Triptych Tutorial with Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Marjie Kemper

Applying the Adhesive Dots is as easy as touching the punched piece to the dot.

Triptych Tutorial with Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Marjie Kemper

Some people call the application process a kiss.  It’s far easier to “kiss” the dot with your paper and lift if off the roll than it would be to peel the dot off with your fingers and put it onto the paper. And of course, they are good for any shape, not just circles.

Triptych Tutorial with Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Marjie Kemper

To turn these into a triptych, I just added black cardstock long enough to hold all three cards, and leave room for folding. I used my Xyron® Mega Runner to adhere the ATCs to a piece of black cardstock.  Affiliate links are used at no cost to you.

No need to measure – a piece of 8.5″ wide cardstock is the perfect width.

Triptych Tutorial with Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Marjie Kemper

Last step is to score the center spaces for easier folding.

Triptych Tutorial with Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Marjie Kemper

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Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. Caroline says:

    Sorry so late seeing this gorgeous piece (had no idea what a Tripthych was so “learn something new….”! You are so lucky to have such great products to work with. Must make things so much more fun! Lovely colours here too :))

  2. Always a treat to see your blogposts delivered to my mailbox (via rss feed).
    I love how you combine and use colours! Thank you for the explanations of how you made it.

  3. Stunning Marjie! I love your beautifully clear step photos too!!

  4. Karenliz says:

    Gorgeous! I’ve never made one but you make it look easy. Must try it!

  5. I love triptych projects and this is a BEAUTIFUL one!

  6. NICE, Marjie–I REALLY like triptychs! Great tutorial.


  7. Great tute! I love the colours on your triptych Marjie! x

  8. I love this triptych. Never, ever thought to make them from one sheet of paper and score in the middle! I always seem to make things more difficult. It looks like it was very easy to put together using the Xyron products! The colors are amazing!

  9. Such amazing use of colour as always – brilliant step-by-step through the process, thank you!
    Alison x

  10. Beautiful color and I love your ability to get incredible balance to your stamped images in projects like this. I’m still working on that. The dots around the edges of the ATC’s are perfect!! Love that idea. Fabulous! — Mary Elizabeth

  11. A fantastic triptych, great color combination and images.

  12. Very nice triptych! Love that background and those colors! I don’t believe you would actually want me in a class as I would be a clown and then you would have to smack my knuckles with a ruler! Oh I just dated myself again! Hugs!

  13. Wonderful mixture of stamps on your triptych.

  14. I had never even heard of a triptych until (only recently) you mentioned it in passing. So glad to see your tutorial here today, Marjie! I am swapping 3 ATCs this month with an online friend and, although I already have made them, am going to keep those and make a triptych for my friend. Yet, it’s that cool! These are beautiful!

  15. Your tutorials are always so clear. Love this triptych, great colours and fabulous design. Hugs, Anne x

  16. Have always loved Triptyches! Gorgeous color combos here! WTG!


  17. Love the color scheme and the black background really makes the colors pop off the pages. Love this Marjie! Can I ask what brand of adhesive dots you used?

    • Marjie Kemper says:

      Thanks, Claudine. They are new from Xyron, called High Tack Adhesive Dots. The Xyron Inc Facebook page will feature new projects all week long using these Dots and the new tape, too.

  18. A nice triptych Marjie, with lots of creativity!

    kind regards, Alie 🙂

  19. Love love love loveeeeeeeeeeeee this!! LOVING those colors and loveeeeeee the quote!!!!

  20. Oh so beautiful! Like this very much. Great colors and assemblage. Thanks for sharing the how-to. Suzanne x

  21. I always expect good things from you and this is no exception. Great process tute and your piece is terrific…xox

  22. A great tutorial with so many useful ideas Marjie. Love the finished triptych. Hugs, Jenny x

  23. Glorious colours Marjie. What a great step by step too. A really. Fabulous card. Hugs Rita xxxxx

  24. Stunning make Marjie and I love your step by step. Must make a tryptich as its not something that I have tried.

    Have a great week

    Annie x

  25. Great little project and super tutorial. Love the way you have combined the stencils and stamps. Great colour combo too!

  26. Fabulous triptych Marjie, love the colours and quotes you have used.
    Have a good week, it’s staying warm in the UK, summer at last.
    hugs {brenda} x0x