Bendi Fold

by Bibiana Martinez-Ziegler

Create this unique shaped card using 3 pieces of cardstock. Technique courtesy of Emma Fewkes


  • One 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoring board
  • Self-healing mat
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Hobby blade
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Bone folder
  • Strong Adhesive Tape


  1. Step 1

    Cut your 5 1 /2" x 8 1/2"piece of cardstock at 4 1/4".
    You will have 2 panels measuring 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

  2. Step 2

    Cut one of the panels (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") at 2 1/2".

  3. Step 3

    You will have 1 piece of cardstock for the base and you will have 2 pieces of cardstock for the swinging flaps.

  4. Step 4

    Score 1/2" on each end of the swinging flaps.

  5. Step 5

    Trace a line with pencil at 1/4" on the opposite side of the scored line of each flap on those lines hand free cut 2 notches .

  6. Step 6

    Trace a line with pencil on the base piece of cardstock at 4" from the edge.
    Trace a second line on the left swinging flap at 2" from the edge.
    Mark with pencil on top of those lines where you will make the slits for the notches to be inserted.
    Cut the slits with Hobby Blade.

  7. Step 7

    Erase all your pencil marks and lines.
    Add double sided tape to the end of the flaps, on the scored side.

  8. Step 8

    Tape the flaps to the base.

  9. Step 9

    Insert notches on slits. Make any adjustments.

  10. Top view

  11. Step 10 (Optional)

    Trace with pencil valleys on the flaps.

  12. Step 11

    Trim with scissors. Decorate…as desired.

  13. Step 12

    Finished card closed.

  14. Finished card open.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Bendi Fold. 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.

Love you card and can't wait to try it!!!! I saw you are a DMT for memory box die so I did a search of their tree dies and it looks like the grand Oak tree ???
Stunning card! TFS
Liz  |  Wed May 22, 2013 at 7:35 AM
Lovely card but I believe that Emma F. actually came up with this design. Please give her credit!

Also, the card lays flat for mailing (Just uninsert the tabs).
MichelleGoodrich  |  Wed May 22, 2013 at 7:42 AM
Wow, Bibiana! I can't believe how wonderful this lesson is - even a video. You have done a great job and I love this card.
maureen morton  |  Wed May 22, 2013 at 7:49 AM
Hi everybody:Here Bibiana...
Thanks for all the wonderful comments...
to Elizabeth:I only used one color cardstock, I distress and emboss, and add Flower soft to the branches...
To Diana: thanks for the tip on that book. I will check it out as I have never seeing it...more inspiration for all of us smile
For the mailing: YES a nice box will be very pretty and worth while to make (or bought) since the card is already so pretty. I think the outside deserves to be pretty too, this is, if you want to send it "standing"...
OR, you can mailed it flat too. Place it in a 12' x 9 ' big "yellow/office" envelope. Only fold one flap and it will fit, just add a little note explaining that the flaps need to be inserted on the slits to make it "stand".
if you need supplies, The supplies can be found at my blog. I have linked them to some Online Stores (affiliate program).
I will be checking here if you have some more questions...or leave them at my blog too, either way...thanks for taking the time to watch!
keep in touch
Bibiana  |  Wed May 22, 2013 at 7:56 AM
Again me Bibiana...
to Michelle: thanks for the info on Emma F. but, I am sorry to say that I do not know her...
BTW, I did NOT invent this fold, I only did a video to share with you on how to make the card and made my own designed card for SCS...
The 1st time that, I saw this fold was at a company that I discovered at a scrapbook convention called "Sparkle and Sprinkle" ...
and again, thanks for all the kind comments
I will be checking the gallery with your creations
Bibiana  |  Wed May 22, 2013 at 8:13 AM
It is unfortunate that Emma Fewkes has not been given proper recognition for this design. I hope that can be rectified.
Debra Daam  |  Wed May 22, 2013 at 8:18 AM
Wonderful tutorial. Gorgeous card!
lacyquilter  |  Wed May 22, 2013 at 8:40 AM
Way to go Bibiana! A beautifully put together tutorial and GORGEOUS card. Thanks you so much for the time you took to put this together. <3
Bev Rousch  |  Wed May 22, 2013 at 8:40 AM
Thank you for a fantastic tutorial Bibiana! Your work is positively amazing!
lydia  |  Wed May 22, 2013 at 8:41 AM
Beautiful all the dies you incorporated into this project... great job!!!
Donna Johnstone  |  Wed May 22, 2013 at 8:49 AM
This definitely has the WoW working here. Your video made your directions seem so much easier. I will have to try this at least once!
Sunshine547580  |  Wed May 22, 2013 at 8:50 AM
Please let me clarify my post. I am sorry that it came across disparagingly to Bibiana. I apologize Bibiana. That was certainly not my intention. Please forgive me.
Debra Daam  |  Wed May 22, 2013 at 9:05 AM
Gorgeous, gorgeous card. I am anxious to try it. Thank you so much for sharing!
Barbara Diemler  |  Wed May 22, 2013 at 9:40 AM
Beautiful card Bibiana.

Yes, all of the Bendy Fold cards that were made after Emma did this for the January 2011 Creative Crew should be moved into this new gallery.
Lorien Clark  |  Wed May 22, 2013 at 9:48 AM
Here is a link to the ones that used "Bendy Fold" as a keyword.
Lorien Clark  |  Wed May 22, 2013 at 9:49 AM
Thank you for the tutoriel.
I looked for him of everywhere in the gallery and now he( appears today.
I realized a lift of this card this morning, she(it) paraîtera on my blog tomorrow:
Good day.
Chantal MEZIAT-BELOUZE  |  Wed May 22, 2013 at 10:35 AM
HOW FABULOUS!!!!!!!! WILL BE copying this tutorial!!!!!!! smile THANKS for showing us!!!!!!!!!! smile
Becky Green  |  Wed May 22, 2013 at 11:05 AM
Love Love Love how you decorated this card! You must share where we can find the dies for the birds, tree and fence! Thank you for the inspiration!
Jodi Ball  |  Wed May 22, 2013 at 11:30 AM
What a gorgeous card...I loved your "silent" tutorial, especially the manner in which you showed the decorative elements. Very entertaining. I would assume that this is a hand-delivered card - mailing would ruin the beauty of it.
Hope Mitchell  |  Wed May 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM
I absolutely love your beautiful card and I just love the trees.. Great job!!!
Cindy Fleszar  |  Wed May 22, 2013 at 1:39 PM

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