Ruth’s hints & tips

Fol­low Ruth’s top tips to master mak­ing bendi cards

Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Know How Technique -

Use good qual­ity, thick card so that the curved strips will hold their shape. Thin card is likely to crease and may not be strong enough to sup­port the weight of any top­pers and em­bel­lish­ments.

Large or in­tri­cate shapes can be frag­ile when po­si­tioned on the edge of the bendi strips. En­sure that they are well bal­anced be­fore at­tach­ing to the base. You can back die-cuts onto an­other piece of card first to strengthen them if nec­es­sary.

Us­ing con­trast­ing pa­pers can add a sense of depth to the lay­ers on a bendi card. Try us­ing pale shades on the curved strips and darker colours for the back­ground.

You can gen­tly shape the strips with a bone folder to cre­ate a curve be­fore at­tach­ing them to the base, as this may pre­vent creases in the card.

Cover the front of the base and the strips with the pat­terned pa­per be­fore cut­ting slits for the tabs, or you will have to cut them twice.

It’s best to bend and slot the strips into po­si­tion be­fore at­tach­ing any die-cut el­e­ments so that you know ex­actly where they will sit in re­la­tion to the back­ground.

Be­fore you pop it into an en­ve­lope, untab your card so that the strips lie flat and in­clude sim­ple instructions so the re­cip­i­ent can make the card bend at home.

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