Hello Stamping Friends,
May is zooming along and April projects are yet to be posted. To those of you waiting anxiously for some directions, thank you for your patience, and to those still looking for Mother’s Day inspiration I have a card or two that just might work.
I have seen several ‘Bendi Cards’ on Pinterest and when I saw Sara Levin’s Tea Together Bendi card I wanted to try it. She has a video at theartfulinker.com.
For those whose beloved mothers have passed away, the ‘Tea Together’ stamp set has an additional stamp that says “Love is a warm cup of tea”. A perfect saying for all those dear friends with whom we share a cup of tea and a listening ear!
Stamp Set: Tea Together, Amazing Life (for the corners on the back)
Designer Series Paper (DSP): Petal Promenade, Floral Romance, and Gold Foil Sheet
Dies: Tea Time Framelits (Pot and Cup), In The Woods (curves on the bendi arms), Be Mine Stitched Framelits (hearts), Sunshine Wishes ( Love), Celebrate You ( You). The club ladies also used the Happy Birthday framelit for an alternative saying.
Ink: Versa Mark, Old Olive
Tools: Gold Embossing Powder, Spritzer with Frost White Paint (Wink of Stella does the same), Tufted Embossing Folder,
Embellishments: 6″ of gold and white 1/8″ Tea Room ribbon
Card Base: Blushing Bride, 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″
Layer 1: Old Olive, 5 1/4″ X 4 1/8″ – note: this layer has a 1/8″ border on the top and sides but is flush to the bottom. Lay this piece landscape on the Stampin Trimmer at 1 1/2″ from the left and cut from 2″ to 3 5/8″ to make a tab for the bendi arm, then run through the Big Shot with the Tufted embossing folder. (Alternatively, you could make your large bendi arm with its tab and lay the tab 1 1/2″ from the left edge and place pencil marks on the old olive layer at the widest parts of the tab and then cut.)
Old Olive, 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″ , Score at 1/2″ in landscape then turn to portrait and cut at 2 1/2″. You now have an arm that is 2 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ and an arm that is 1 3/4″ X 5 1/2″. The large arm is at the right side of the front and the small arm is at the left.
Place tear and tape on the 1/2″ scored section on the side that will wrap around the tufted old olive layer. This will help you keep from mixing up the arms. Oops, I mixed them up in the picture! The small arm goes to the left!
Score 3/8″ on the unscored side of the arms. Make a tab out of the 3/8″ scored edge by marking lightly with a pencil 1/2″ from the top and 1/2″ from the bottom of each arm. Fussy cut a tab on each arm by cutting a slight diagonal from the pencil mark to the edge of the arm. The larger arm will have a 1 1/2″ tab and the smaller arm will have a 3/4″ tab.
DSP for Bendi Arms: Petal Promenade 4 1/2 + 1/16″ (4 9/16″) X 1 3/4″ Small Arm, 4 1/2 + 1/16″ (4 9/16″) X 2 1/2″ for Large Arm. I know, I know, crazy measurements but we don’t want a green border where the small arm goes in to the large arm.
Cut both the DSP and the Bendi Arms at the same time to have a matching curve – the framelit will handle two layers. I used the curved die from the ‘In The Woods’ framelit set. Or fussy cut, making sure the curve on the small, left hand arm goes up at the right side where you will attach the teapot. If it is cut too narrow at the right side you won’t have room for the teapot above the cup. (yep-made that mistake!) Slide the DSP flush to the bottom of each arm giving you a border at the top and adhere. This picture shows the backside of the teapot and how important it is to curve up the bendi arm to give room to attach the teapot.
You have already made the slit for the large arm to slide into the Old Olive layer, now you need to make a slit in the large arm for the small arm to slide into. Lay the large arm on your stampin’ Trimmer at 2 1/2″ from the right edge (this includes the 1/2″ scored for the fold). Cut a slit from 1 1/4″ to 2″.
Work your two bendi arms into a curve with your fingers to break down the paper fibers so the arms curve easily.
Adhere the arms to the Old Olive layer. (Earlier you put tear and tape on the side that wraps around).
Now adhere the entire front to the Blushing Bride back. I used Tear and Tape for strength. Remember you do not have a bottom border, it is flush.
Teapot and Cup: Floral Romance DSP, 3 1/2″ X 12″ ; Stamp two pots and two cups with Old Olive ink. Cut with the framelits and then stamp with Versa Mark and gold emboss a large flower on the teapot and the small buds on the cups. I gold embossed both cups and both teapots so I could choose the best for the top. Spritz the cups and teapots or paint with Wink of Stella.
Teapot: Top layer has handle, base, lid cut off. Pop up on whole teapot with dimensionals.
Teacup: Top layer has handle, base, back of cup cut off. Pop up on the whole cup with dimensionals.
Both the teacup and the teapot are mounted on the small arm. Start by adhering the teacup 3/4″ from the left on the small bendi arm with glue dots. Now lay your bendi arms flat and mount the teapot on the top right edge of the arm tilting it to make sure no part goes outside the Blushing Bride layer so that it fits inside the envelope. Use a glue dot to put the hearts between the two layers of the tea cup and pull the tea cup handle in front of the teapot. The hearts are behind the teapot. Both the hearts and the teapot “float” with very little adhesive. Note the Dimensionals on the very bottom of the back of the teapot.
Embellish: Gold Foil, 2 1/2″ X 4″ Cut – love (Sunshine Wishes Framelit), – you (Celebrate You Framelit), and 9 hearts (on right hand side of Be Mine Stitched framelit). One of the punched out hearts was put between the words with a little bow underneath. The 9 open hearts are placed between the two layers of the cup to look like steam.
Embellish the back of the Blushing Bride with an Old Olive strip 7/8″ X 5 1/2″ and a Petal Promenade DSP strip 3/4″ X 5 1/2″. Use the corner stamps from the Amazing Life stamp set to make a nice corner with gold foil accent.
This special fold card is worth all the work when your mother or friend is astonished by your creation!!
I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment below. I will be back with another card tomorrow.
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