How to Make Bendi Cards for Christmas

LEARN HOW TO MAKE CUTE SNOW GLOBE BENDI CARDS FOR CHRISTMAS ON YOUR CRICUT CUTTING MACHINE

Okay, I love snowmen.

I collect them and display them from November through January. I really could keep them out longer since it is basically winter until May here in Michigan. LOL.

I designed this fun bendi card to resemble a snow globe and created a cute little scene with snowflakes framing this adorable snowman.

If you don’t know what a bendi card is, it is a card that folds flat and has a bottom band that is bent slightly creating a 3D card. So fun and so easy to make!

In this tutorial, I’ll give you my step by step instructions and tell you what materials I think work best when making this project.

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SNOW GLOBE BENDI CARD – MATERIALS LIST

Snow Globe Bendi Cards

Snow Globe Bendi Cards

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This tutorial will show you how to make a cute snow globe bendi card for the holidays.

Materials

  • My FREE Snow Globe Bendi Card SVG Cut File
  • Cardstock
  • Glue or adhesive

Tools

  • A way to cut out your cardstock. I am using my FABULOUS Cricut Maker!
  • Cricut LightGrip Cutting Mat (blue) or StandardGrip Cutting Mat (green)
  • Cricut Scoring Wheel or Stylus
  • Cricut Brayer
  • Cricut Scraper
  • Cricut Tweezers (optional but so helpful!)

Instructions

STEP 1 - DOWNLOAD THE SVG CUT FILE

Download the SVG Cut file for the Snow Globe Bendi Card (#107) from The File Vault. Get access by joining the club.

STEP 2 - UPLOAD THE SVG FILE TO CRICUT DESIGN SPACE

If you aren't familiar with uploading SVG files into Design Space, take a look at my quick and easy tutorial here. Using your smartphone? Click here for my step-by-step guide on uploading SVG files with the Cricut App.

STEP 3 - UNGROUP CARD LAYERS

The file will upload into Cricut Design Space grouped together. You will want to hit the UNGROUP button to separate the layers.

ungroup the design

STEP 4 - CONVERT FOLD LINES TO SCORE LINES

Scroll down the list in the LAYERS panel and find the envelope. Click the fold line.

select the fold line of the envelope

Change the fold lines to score lines by changing the OPERATION from BASIC CUT to SCORE.

change the linetype to score under the operation menu

Attach the score line and the envelope by highlighting the GROUP and selecting the ATTACH option in lower right hand corner.

highlight the group and select attach in the layers panel

Repeat step 4 for all remaining layers with score lines.

repeat for the remaining layers that have score lines

Click the GREEN Make It Button.

click the green make it button

STEP 5 - MAKE YOUR MATERIAL SELECTIONS AND PREPARE YOUR MATS

You will see the ten mats for this card in the mat preview.

Click the CONTINUE button.

preview the ten mats for the project and click continue

For this tutorial, I am using Medium Cardstock. Select your materials accordingly.

select your material

Attach your cardstock to the Cricut StandardGrip Mat using the Cricut Brayer.

STEP 6 - LOADING YOUR MATS AND CUTTING YOUR MATERIALS

To load the mat into the machine, press the double arrows button. Do make sure that the mat is positioned under the mat guides.

to load the mat, press the flashing arrows

You will know the machine is ready to cut your material when you see the flashing "C" button. Press that to start the cut.

to begin the cut, press the flashing "C:" button

Follow Design Space prompts to change out the scoring wheel and fine point cutting blade.

Once the cut is complete, make sure to peel the mat away from the cardstock rather than the cardstock from the mat. This will prevent any curling of your design.

Repeat Step 6 for until all layers have been cut.

STEP 7 - ASSEMBLE YOUR CARD

Now that everything is cut, we can start to assemble the card.

assemble your card

Begin by layering the snowman. Start by adding glue to the back of the white layer and adhering to the black base layer.

layer the snowman

Next, the arms and nose.

Then, the scraf.

Now, attach the trees to two of the cover pabels.

add the trees to the cover panels

Fold the bump out piece along the score lines and burnish the folds.

fold the bump out along the score lines

Your bump out should resemble a "V" with the two tabs in the back facing each other.

Next, fold the card base along the score line and burnish the fold with your scraper.

fold the card base along the score lineburnish the fold with your scraper

Set aside.

Fold the bendi piece along the score lines and burnish the folds with your scraper.

fold the bendi piece along the score line

Add glue to the tabs and adhere to the card base. Make sure to line up the side and bottom edges.

add glue to the tabsadhere to the card base making sure to line up the edges

Now, attach the cover panels to the inside of the card base.

adhere the cover panes to the inside of the card base

Next, add glue to the tabs of the bump out.

add glue to the tabs of the bump out

Attach to the card base by inserting the bump out between the card base and bendi piece. Line up the bottom of the card base with the bottom of the bump out making sure the center of the bump out is centered with the score line of the card base.

make sure to line up the bottom edge of the bump out with the card base and press into place

When propped into place, the card should look like this.

Now, layer the snowman and the snow mound or snowflake layer. You can use just the snow mound, just the snowflake layer, or both as I have in this tutorial. Place the snowman in the center.

layer the inside portions of the snow globe

Add glue to the flat portion of the bump out and attach the snowman with snow mound and/or snowflakes to the bump out.

add glue to the flat portion of the bump outadd the snowman to the card

Press the card flat to make sure everything lays properly.

fold the card flat to make sure everything is sitting properly

Add the cover panels to the back. You can also leave the back plain for your messaging or journaling.

add the cover panels to the back

STEP 8 - FORM THE ENVELOPE

To make the envelope, begin by folding along the score lines and press the folds with your scraper.

fold along the score lines of the envelope

burnish the fold with your scraper

Add glue to the outer edge of the inlay as well as around the cutout.

add glue to the inlay paneland the cutout

Apply the inlay to the envelope.

add the inlay to the envelope

Add glue along the bottom of the side flaps.

add glue to the bottom edge of the side flaps

Bring the bottom flap up and press into place forming the envelope.

lift the bottom flap up forming the envelope

Your card is complete!

This card is different and fun. I hope you make it!

Post a photo in the comment section or tag your projects on social media @thebeardedhousewife using the hashtag #beardedhousewife! I’d love to see how yours turn out!!

Happy Holidays!

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  1. Oh goodness, this is so cute Nick! I love the “wreath” of snowflakes, the snowman is adorable. I’ve never made a bendi card before, so I’m looking forward to making this one. Hugs, Brenda

  2. Hello Nick, I love so many of your projects. I usually never leave comments because I spend most of my free time making yours and others. I do want to let you know how internally grateful I am for all you do. You seem to make things so simple with your tutorial’s and that is a blessing. Hope you and yours have a very special Holiday season.

  3. This is such a cute design! I just finished making this and found it super easy with all your helpful instructions. The ‘bendy’ design is so much easier to assemble than other 3d cards as I inevitably end up gluing one or two tabs out of place a little and it goes all wavy and wont sit flat. Looking forward to more ‘bendy’ ideas from your amazing and generous creative mind!

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