Ruth’s hints & tips
Follow Ruth’s top tips to master making bendi cards
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.