Bendi Frame Card

by Kittie Caracciolo

Give your card dimension and create more room for a layered scene with a curved frame front.
Inspired by Bibiana's Bendi Fold tutorial.


  • Cardstock for card base, cut to 5 3/8" x 8 1/2" and folded in half
  • 2 cardstock layering panels, cut to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" and 5 1/4" x 4"
  • 2 rectangle nesting dies, 1/4" different in size. (Spellbinders Matting Basics A and B used here)
  • Die cutting machine and magnetic platform (Sizzix brand used here) or low-tack tape to keep dies in place
  • Adhesive
  • Foam mounting tape
  • Dies, stamps and other accessories as needed to complete the card (used here: Impression Obsession Fir Tree stamp, Bunny & Grass Border dies; Memory Box Small Alder tree die; Sizzix Accessory Tool Kit; Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool; Sofft Mini Applicator; Vintage Photo, Tumbled Glass, & Peeled Paint Distress Inks; Dark Brown & Pale Olive Copic Markers; 1/8” circle punch, deckle scissors, hand cut cloud template, Glossy Accents, cardstock - white, olive, pink)


  1. Step 1

    Cut card base and cardstock panels as instructed above, and prepare layers as desired. Here, the base panel has been stamped and die cuts have been colored and assembled in preparation for creating a scene.

  2. Step 2

    Die cut an opening in the 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" cardstock panel using the largest rectangle die.

  3. Repeat this step with the smaller cardstock and smaller die to create the mat for the double matted frame.


    If you don’t have a magnetic platform, secure the die in place with small pieces of painter's tape or removable Post-it tape.

  4. Step 3

    Apply adhesive to the back of the largest frame.

  5. Line up larger frame over the top of the smaller frame and attach.

  6. Step 4 (Optional)

    Apply adhesive to the back of the double matted frame.

  7. Apply grass border to the back of the frame.

  8. Step 5

    Cut two thin strips of mounting tape 4 1/8" long.

  9. Attach mounting tape to the back of sides of the frame.

  10. Step 6

    Line up one side of the frame over the decorated and assembled card base and secure the tape in place.

  11. Hold the secured side of the frame and base in place. Push the other side of the frame in to line up with the edge of the card base and secure in place.

  12. Step 7

    Assemble and complete the card.

    To protect the dimensional elements of the card, mail in a plastic box inside a padded envelope.


Your Turn

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

will definitely try to make this using a squirrel and leaves for the autumn season!
mary ellen  |  Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 6:13 AM
Is this mailable??
Craftyteaspoon  |  Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 6:32 AM
Fabulous tutorial, Kittie! Beautiful!
Fran Gumprecht  |  Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 6:49 AM
This looks like something I might try, but I have a question. When the bunnies and trees were adhered, do the get put on the flat piece and not the matt piece? All of a sudden everything is mounted and it doesn't say where to mount them!
Sue Simmons  |  Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 6:49 AM
Craftyteaspoon- I place my dimensional cards in a crystal clear card box and mail in padded envelopes. You can find pictures of the box on the bottom of my blog post HERE.

I also have a tutorial on my blog showing how I mail a dimensional card with one item popped up on it like a flower. You can find my tutorial HERE.
Kittie  |  Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 6:50 AM
I love this layout. Do you have to do anything special to it if you are going to be mailing it?
Jeannette  |  Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 7:06 AM
Hi Jeannette, I have a couple links in the comment right about yours that will show how I mail my dimensional cards. I hope they help.
Kittie  |  Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 8:18 AM
Thanks. I did not see the links when I posted. grin
Jeannette  |  Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 8:37 AM
Great card. This reminds me of the Diorama card series from Accucut. Love it!
Jenn Brown  |  Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 8:47 AM
Wonderful tutorial!!! Over the top design and instruction! You are AMAZING!
Audrie Magno  |  Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Wow! So beautiful. Thank you so much for showing us this fantastic technique.
Joyce Pierson  |  Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 3:43 PM
What a brilliant card and tutorial. This is one I will be trying out! Thank you.
Harvey's mum  |  Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 4:08 PM
Your cards take my breath away! Beautiful!!!
MaryGW  |  Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 5:29 PM
This is such a cool card! I can't wait to try my hand at making one.
Viki B  |  Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 2:01 AM
Wonderful technique, I have visions of holiday cards made with your technique. Thanks so much for sharing.
Mary  |  Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 7:59 AM
This is the same way I made a diorama card I think. Fun. TFS.
Ginny Pender  |  Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 9:53 AM
Kittie, this is a really cute card. Great tutorial.
myrna sweet  |  Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 6:16 AM
Love this card and especially the Bendi frame. I must try this sometime soon. Great tutorial!
Carol Saunders  |  Sat Jul 26, 2014 at 7:40 PM
This is beautiful. Will try it out soon!
Lynn Milewski  |  Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 6:52 PM
Cool card! Will have to try!
Jane Schroeder  |  Sun Nov 13, 2016 at 8:19 PM

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