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bendi card saturday step x step…

Hello everyone~ I’m delighted to be presenting today’s  Saturday Step x Step at Frilly and Funky.  I would like to familiarize you with a rather old card fold that isn’t used or seen too often.  It’s simple to make and extremely versatile.  I’m going to share two entirely different versions of the same basic idea and then I will show you the ‘how-tos’…

 

RebeccaDeeprose Bendi-1bicycle

 

Bendi cards have two crossing flaps in the front, that bulge away from the back panel.  This version uses die cuts and stamps to create a little scene…

 

RebeccaDeeprose Bendi-2bicycle

 

I love the little bicycle, leaning against the white picket fence and the brads holding the wheels on…

 

RebeccaDeeprose Bendi-3bicycle

 

inside, the card is lined with patterned paper, a border of grass and a little cluster of tags that hold the sentiments…

 

RebeccaDeeprose Bendi-4bicycle

 

Another segment of the picket fence and some stamped flowers…

 

RebeccaDeeprose Bendi-5bicycle

 

The opposite side (and shortest flap), have picket fencing that matches up with the fencing on the front along with some more die cut, leafy foliage…

My next card is a bendi card with an entirely different mood…

 

RebeccaDeeprose BendiButterflies-1

 

This card has a higher back panel and in this instance, it was die cut with Tim Holtz’s Alterations die, ‘Butterflight’…

 

RebeccaDeeprose BendiButterflies-2

 

Along the top, a second set of butterflies top the die cut edge.  They are distress inked around the edges and then treated with a thin coat of distress stickler…

 

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Each of the edges of the two lower, crossing panels is edged with cut-out butterflies…

 

RebeccaDeeprose BendiButterflies-4

 

The inside, back panel of the card has two more butterflies and a whispy, lovely triple bow and trailing tails…

 

RebeccaDeeprose BendiButterflies-1a

 

The view from above shows the two ‘pockets’ that are formed by the two panels that cross at the front.  Here’s a basic guide to help you create your own Bendi card…

 

RebeccaDeeprose Bendi-instr.1

 

These are the dimensions of the panels I began with, while making the first card.  Curves will be cut along the top edges of the left and right flap later, to suit the particular design…

 

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Score a half inch from the inside edges of the flaps.  These half inch tabs will be attached to the back panel and will fold around to the front.  At the outside edges of the flaps, draw a line a quarter (to 3/8’s”) from the outside edge of each flap and cut a tab with sloping sides into each end, cutting away all the paper except for the tabs…

 

RebeccaDeeprose Bendi-instr.-3

 

Two and a half inches from the  flap that will attach the left flap to the back panel, draw a light pencil line.  Place the shorter flap on top of the taller flap (right flap over left flap) with right sides facing out, lining up the bottom edges.  bring the right panel up to the line with the tab hanging over the pencil line, then make two pencil lines, showing where the right flap’s tab will insert into the left.  Using a craft knife, cut along the pencil line, just exceeding the marks for the tab, ever so slightly…

 

RebeccaDeeprose Bendi-instr-4

 

Next, draw a light pencil line vertically on the back panel, 1-1/4″ away from the right edge.  Lay the left flap on top of the back panel, bringing the flap up to the line with the tab over the line and with the bottom edges lining up. Make two pencil marks (shown above) as guides to show you where the tab will be inserted into the back panel.  Cut that space open as you did in the previous step…

 

RebeccaDeeprose Bendi-instr-6

 

Now you can attach both flaps to the back panel.  I prefer to use a very heavy duty, double sided tape for this job.  Then you can insert the tab from the left flap into the back panel…

 

RebeccaDeeprose Bendi-instr-7

 

and then the tab of the right panel into the slot on the left flap.  Now you can see your basic card shape.  For my butterfly card, I wanted a higher back panel, so I cut the butter flight border using a much longer panel of paper than I needed.  This was so that I could adjust the height of the panel after the die cutting.  The left flap was cut to 4-1/2″ in height x 5-1/2″ in width.  once the flaps were attached to the back panel, I did some serious cutting, making a curve so that this flap was 1-7/8″ high at the point before the tab.  The line cutting it down is curving not straight…

 

RebeccaDeeprose Bendi-instr-8

 

I needed lots of butterflies, two for the top edge, that were placed on top of the original die cut to add dimension and then an assortment to cascade down the top edges of the two flaps.  Since there are four different styles on this die, I cut out 7 additional die cuts (all at once- this syle of die has no problem going through multiple layers) and proceeded to cut out two or three from each die cut.  You can see in the photo above, that it is possible to cut into the bottom of the card stock or another butterfly figure, so that you have complete butterfly designs.  Usually, I had one butterfly per diecut that had to be cut into in order to achieve whole butterflies…

 

RebeccaDeeprose Bendi-instr-9

 

Using an ink applicator,  each butterfly was treated to some rough distress inking.  It wasn’t necessary to be very careful about the distressing because of the next step…

 

RebeccaDeeprose Bendi-instr-10

 

Place a dab of distress glitter on your finger and apply it over each butterfly.  It was necessary to use this amount on each half of a butterfly…

 

RebeccaDeeprose Bendi-instr-11

 

Again, it isn’t necessary to be particular in the application.  The irregularities that occur were very much to my liking…

 

RebeccaDeeprose Bendi-instr-12

 

This is what the card looked like after the initial application of butterflies.  If you scroll back up, you will see that each of the panels edges was distress inked.  Some additional butterflies were added and then some ribbon and bows.  I stamped a sentiment on the back panel, but this card construction is wide open for interpretation!  I hope you give it a try some time.

 

Sending you ((hugs)) and Blessings,

Rebecca

 

 

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6 comments to bendi card saturday step x step…

  • Victoria Samuels

    These are GORGEOUS!!!!!!! I love them both, for different reasons! Thank you for explaining the ‘how-to’ of this card style. I have some birthday cards to make this weekend and now I know what I will be trying! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing talent! That butterfly card is so…airy and dreamy!! The bicycle scene is fun and so friendly! Now the challenge will be to come up with another way to use this style! Gratefully, Victoria

  • Rebecca these are both SPECTACULAR!! I have never seen this card type before! How unique! Thanks so much for the step by step instructions too! Both are so beautiful!! :)

  • Holly+Saveur

    Such an super tutorial Rebecca…..and stunning cards!!
    I love my bicycle card..I am such a proud owner of it!
    You are so true you hardly ever see this kind of cards….Thank so much for showing how to make it..
    hugs Holly.

  • Hi Rebecca! I already left a comment on the Frilly and Funkie blog, but wanted to stop by here to thank you once more for the marvelous tutorial. I never ran across this card fold before. I can’t wait to give it a try!! Your cards are both magnificent!! Thanks again for the inspiration!!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

  • Spectacular. OMG these are so great. Love how you put the distressed spin on the 2nd card. Great tutorial.

  • These are wonderful!! So clever … don’t think I’ve seen them before either … I’m bookmarking this! Thanks for the tutorial! All is quiet here and I’m doing ok … hugs to you