Triptych Card Making Kits

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Triptych Card Making Kits
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Triptych card making kits provide you with a template for creating your own greeting cards in a tri-fold style. The kit guides you in creating cards with proportions that will fit in a standard-sized envelope. While triptych cards are common in the greeting card aisle, crafters know creating your own adds a special flare.

The Facts

A triptych is a display in three parts. A three-panel Byzantine religious painting and a modern tri-fold brochure are both triptychs. Triptych card making kits provide templates of tri-part cards laid flat, with markings for the fold locations.


The word triptych originates from the Greek words for "three" and "fold" or "layer," according to ArtLex art dictionary. Originally, the word described Roman tablets of three connected plates but the word was later adopted to describe any three-paneled display. The painted or carved triptych became significant in alter displays---the centre panel is the focus and the side panels support the centre picture. The greeting card industry has adopted this religious connection, providing cards edged to resemble churches, synagogues and medieval triptych paintings with gothic arched tops. These cards are intended to be exchanged during religious holidays. Triptych card making kits provide silhouettes reflecting this religious significance.


From science fair and home show display boards to brochures to greeting cards to artful wall displays, triptychs give a wider vision and the ability to divide your subject. Triptych card making kits allow you to express your own artistic vision using pre-measured dimensions, so you can be sure the finished product is symmetrical. Choose heavy papers or cardstock for greeting cards. Using the provided template, draw the outline of the triptych onto the card paper and mark the fold locations. After you cut out the triptych design, decorate your card with rubber stamps or other scrapbooking staples such as ribbons or paper cut-out designs.

Card making kit templates will work for marking triptych shapes onto other media. Canvas paintings, photo frames, wood blocks, even embroidery can comprise a triptych, and you can use your card-making kit templates to make triptychs of all of these.


Kits for creating your own triptych cards can be found online with a simple search. While a full kit can include all the supplies for making a few cards, minus staples or glue, a template is all you really need to purchase. Templates for triptych card making, which require you to purchase your own cardstock or fancy paper, can be purchased for as little as £6.


A triptych has three parts. Beyond that, the three parts can be in any proportion to each other that the artist wishes. Tri-fold simply means there are two folds or divisions between three parts. Take a piece of paper and fold it into three parts any direction, and you may see both inward and outward folds, diagonal lines, horizontal or vertical lines---the important result is three related parts. This gives endless variety to card makers for how the finished card will unfold. Two doors opening on a centre space? Three evenly sized parts folded over each other? Folded accordion style so the panels are visible one, two, three? Up or down? Rectangular or special-shaped? A triptych card kit comes with a set number of templates in limited designs. You can use your imagination to vary card designs beyond what you will find in the kit. Don't be afraid to put yourself in the project. The kit is only a starting place!

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