Bench Fold Card

by Tanya de Roy

Make a standing card with a central counter top, then transform it into a workbench, kitchen counter, dresser, desk, or table!

Supplies

  • Cardstock: Card base cut to 4 1/4” x 11 3/4”; coordinating cardstock cut to 2” x 8”, 3 7/8” x 3 7/8”, and 4 7/8” x 3/4” (Stampin’ Up!® Sahara Sand used here for counter top and front)
  • Trimmer
  • Scoring tool
  • Die cutting machine
  • Strong adhesive
  • Brick or wood panel embossing folder
  • Themed stamps or dies of your choice (used here: Apron Builder and Hearth and Home Thinlits)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Circle punches 1 3/8”, 1 ¼”, 1”, Stamps (Label Me Pretty, Diagonal Stripe, and Lift Me Up sets used here), Pretty Label Punch, Lift Me Up die set, Powder Pink ink, Dimensionals, Vanilla lace trim, linen thread, cardstock scraps (3” x 3” Soft Suede, 1 5/8” x 3 5/8” black, 3” x 3” grey, 5” x 5” silver foil, 2 1/2" x 2” copper foil), window sheet 1 3/8” x 2 1/2”)

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Emboss a 4 1/4" x 11 3/4" card base with an embossing folder that matches your card theme (brick folder used here).

  2. Step 2

    Score the panel on the long side at 2”, then flip the panel to the back side and score at 3 7/8”. Repeat this scoring pattern for the right side of the card base. Fold along score lines to create a U shape as shown.

  3. Step 3

    Score the 3 7/8” x 3 7/8” piece of cardstock at 2”. Fold and burnish on the score line.

  4. Step 4

    Adhere the long 2” x 8” strip to the bottom left of the card base by putting adhesive on bottom left and on the 2” side of the piece scored in step 3 (this is the “bench”).

  5. Adhere the front piece to the right side of the card base.

  6. Step 5

    Score the 4 7/8” x 3/4” piece at 1/2” from each end.

  7. Step 6

    Adhere the ends of the scored piece into the rear of the card, level with the top of the front panel.

  8. This strip will support the bench when the card is open.

  9. Step 7

    Decorate the card as desired.

    For a kitchen themed card, adhere the black cardstock piece to the top of the bench to create a stovetop. Punch out 1 3/8” circles from leftover grey cardstock, then punch and layer 1 1/4” and 1” silver foil circles for the burners.

  10. Step 8

    Create knobs for the oven and stovetop using 1/4" and 1/8” punches.

  11. Step 9

    Emboss tan cardstock with a wood grain embossing folder. Trim two pieces to 1 3/4” x 1 3/4” to create cabinet doors. Sponge around edges if desired. Adhere the doors to the left and right of the oven using dimensionals.

  12. Step 10

    To make an oven, die cut a window shape out of silver foil cardstock. Trim the window below the middle rail to create the oven shape. Place the bottom of the window onto the top to create the oven handle. Adhere acetate in the opening. On a grey cardstock backing (1 3/8” x 1/2), adhere some stamped or die cut cupcakes. Adhere the oven to the center of the card base.

  13. Step 11

    Trim a window die cut for the upper window. Decorate with trim and stamped curtains.

  14. Step 12

    Embellish with other die cuts as desired.

  15. Step 13

    Complete the card.

  16. This finished card is 4-1/4” x 8, and will fold flat for mailing.

Video!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Bench Fold Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Very cute card Tanya! Love it!
Shazallo  |  Wed Apr 18, 2018 at 4:15 AM
Wow! I love the level of detail on this! So fun to look at!
Nicole S.  |  Wed Apr 18, 2018 at 5:48 AM
this card is amazingly beautiful and creative.
cardcrafty  |  Wed Apr 18, 2018 at 7:43 AM
A paper crafted engineered marvel! Thanks so much for the tutorial and video AND making me smile from ear-to-ear ^_^
Mom Hom  |  Wed Apr 18, 2018 at 11:22 AM
Super cute!!
Julie Heyer  |  Wed Apr 18, 2018 at 1:36 PM
Wow! Lovely project, who wouldnít love to receive this, itís so cute,
Doris Bourlon  |  Wed Apr 18, 2018 at 2:12 PM
Amazing!Just what I need for my chef daughter's birthday card. It will probably take me at least 8 hrs to reproduce it but I'll get it!
tigerlily55  |  Wed Apr 18, 2018 at 2:12 PM
Super cute!

Does it fold flat to go in an envelope?
Mb  |  Wed Apr 18, 2018 at 2:33 PM
Thank you for the tutorial video & the instructions
shazallo  |  Wed Apr 18, 2018 at 2:38 PM
This does fold flat to fit inside a DL envelope. It also should be standard postage providing you donít put anything too sharp or bulky on the card.
Tanya de Roy  |  Wed Apr 18, 2018 at 6:29 PM
This card is so cute. Thank you for the video and written instructions. You put a lot of time and love into creating them.
Karlene Frances  |  Thu Apr 19, 2018 at 6:07 AM
Oh, Tanya! I LOVE this card and loved the video, and your step-outs are so very helpful. Loved listening to your sweet voice (reminds me of a dear friend from Australia). I just may have to try this one someday. It really is darling! Hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Thu Apr 19, 2018 at 9:26 AM
Wow, this card is over the top amazing!! You are so artistic! Thank you.
Michele in IL  |  Sat Apr 21, 2018 at 6:30 AM
Amazing!!!
Lori  |  Sun Apr 22, 2018 at 5:36 AM
This card is so unique, I'm going to have to give it a go! I appreciate all the work you put into this tutorial - Thank you!
PJ  |  Sun Apr 22, 2018 at 7:18 AM
I love this! Thanks so much for sharing. Pinning.
Laura  |  Tue Apr 24, 2018 at 6:26 AM
This card is lovely but I can't see how it would be able to fold flat? With the window above the 'hob' having dimensionals on it to hold the 'hob' down and the little slat below to hold the 'hob' up how on earth would you be able to lie the hob part of the card down so that it would lie flat?
Nacky-noo  |  Tue May 1, 2018 at 5:44 AM
what a wonderful card, your attention to detail is amazing. As is the step by step instructions. Thank you for the time and effort you put into sharing this.
Suzann Poufcas  |  Wed May 2, 2018 at 9:59 AM

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