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Participate in World Card Making Day

Updated on October 7, 2014
Greeting Card with Picture of Girl from Catalogue
Greeting Card with Picture of Girl from Catalogue | Source

World Card Making Day is the First Saturday of October

The first Saturday in October is World Card Making Day. This page offers information about this event, links to card making events, photos and tips for those who are new to card making.

Every year, the first Saturday of October is World Card Making Day. Hobbyists, professional paper artists, merchants and manufacturers join the fun to create one or more hand made cards on this day.

According to the World Card Making Day web site, the purpose of the event is to "to connect with fellow card makers both near and far, to applaud the creativity that powers the craft, and to provide an opportunity for card makers to connect and find resources that will empower, inspire, and encourage them in their card making.

To participate, simply locate an event and plan to attend (either online or in your local craft store), or gather some friends and have your own event. If that doesn't appeal, why not make a card and give it to someone just for the fun of it?

If you have never made a hand made card before, this is a good way to learn. There are some tips for beginners on this lens, or see if your local craft store is hosting a Make and Take or a workshop.

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Beginners Welcome!

Never made a card before? See how easy it is in the video below.

How to Make a Child's Birthday Card - Video Demonstration

This video demonstrates how to make a child's triangle room fold birthday card. It's very simple to make, and uses few supplies. All you will need is some cardstock, some scrapbook paper, and stickers or some other trim for embellishment. You will need cutting tools and adhesives, of course.

Hand Made Greeting Card with Stamped Image of a Bird
Hand Made Greeting Card with Stamped Image of a Bird | Source

What Kind of Cards Can I Make?

Wondering what kind of cards to make?

Since Halloween, Thanksgiving and the winter holiday season are fast approaching, cards for any or all of these occasions would be a great idea. But no need to limit yourself to those types.

Consider any of these:

Robbie Burns Day Cards

St. Patrick's Day Cards

Easter Cards

Mothers Day Cards

Fathers Day Cards

Happy Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall Cards

Thanksgiving Cards

Halloween Cards

Valentine's Day Cards

For the Teacher Cards

Thank You Cards

Get Well Cards

Anniversary Cards

Wedding and Shower Cards

Thinking of You Cards

Birthday Cards

Blank Cards for Handwritten Messages

Graduation Cards

Sympathy Cards

Congratulations Cards

Happy Housewarming Cards

Bon Voyage Cards

Invitations

Gift Card Holders

and many more .....

You could even make postcards. Why not?

Thanksgiving Card with Stamped Raccoon
Thanksgiving Card with Stamped Raccoon | Source

What Card Making Supplies to Use?

Card making and card making supplies can be as simple or elaborate as you want. In the video demonstration, I show a simple child's birthday card. It uses only card stock, scrapbook paper, a hand written or computer generated sentiment and a sticker.

The card shown here is a little more elaborate. It features a stamped image blocked on card stock and scrapbook paper, a double die cut shape, an eyelet and the stamped word, "Always".

Other card making tools could include:

*rubber stamps or acrylic stamps and inks

*die cuts and embossing folders

*ribbons, rick rack and lace

*buttons

*clip art

*paper flowers

*chipboard embellishments

* dried flowers and leaves (cold laminated)

* colored pencils, pens and markers

*brads and eyelets

*beads and rhinestones

*glitter

*and almost anything else that fits the paper size

Adhesives and cutting tools are imperative.

Hand Made Greeting Card with Crocheted Flowers
Hand Made Greeting Card with Crocheted Flowers | Source

Be Original! Combine Two or More Crafts

When you're doing card making, if you know another craft or art form, why not combine the two? In the picture shown here, I have added small crocheted flowers to the card. The crochet pattern is found at this link: Hand Made Card with Crocheted Flowers.

If you knit, sew, crochet, paint with oils, acrylics or water colors, draw, sketch, bead, do quilling or parchment craft, why not incorporate that talent into your greeting cards?

If you write prose or poetry, consider adding that as well.

The important thing is to have fun and be creative.

My Hand Made Cards

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Doves of Peace Holiday Card with Die CutsSeasons Greetings Card with Die CutsFancy Fold card using Washi Paper QuiltingFancy Fold Card with Garden Theme.Fancy Fold Card with Halloween themeEasel card with stamping, heat embossing and punched shapesTelescope card with Halloween theme
Doves of Peace Holiday Card with Die Cuts
Doves of Peace Holiday Card with Die Cuts | Source
Seasons Greetings Card with Die Cuts
Seasons Greetings Card with Die Cuts | Source
Fancy Fold card using Washi Paper Quilting
Fancy Fold card using Washi Paper Quilting | Source
Fancy Fold Card with Garden Theme.
Fancy Fold Card with Garden Theme. | Source
Fancy Fold Card with Halloween theme
Fancy Fold Card with Halloween theme | Source
Easel card with stamping, heat embossing and punched shapes
Easel card with stamping, heat embossing and punched shapes | Source
Telescope card with Halloween theme
Telescope card with Halloween theme | Source
Greeting Card with Stamped Image of a Woman's Face
Greeting Card with Stamped Image of a Woman's Face | Source

Ten Tips for Celebrating World Card Making Day

Wondering what to do on World Card Making Day?

Try some of these:

1. Look for an online event or contest and sign up to participate.

2. Check with your local scrapbook or stamping stores. There's a good chance they'll be running Make n Takes or workshops.

3. Round up some friends and host your own card making event

4. Join a craft related email group (Yahoo have plenty) and get involved in a card swap for World Card Making Day

5. Donate your cards to a charity such as a hospital or a center for abused women

6. Make cards to sell at a Christmas Craft Fair

7. Contact some other crafters and collect card making supplies to donate to a classroom teacher or to a kid's day care or other similar organization.

8. Host a card making workshop to teach youngsters how to make cards

9. Host a card making workshop at a woman's center or senior center

10. Make a big batch of all occasion cards just for yourself.

© 2011 June Campbell

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      julieannbrady 

      6 years ago

      I surely do love the little crochet flower embellishments with buttons on a card. Just the other day, I was talking with my neighbor who told me she was making some cards for her friends and family. Such a craft hobby. Love the idea of World Card Making Day.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      What a wonderful event that I have never heard of before. There are so many possibilities of how to bless others tithe the cards made on World Card Making Day, cool.

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