Want to join in on the fun? Here are a few ideas to help you celebrate World Card Making Day in style!
Check to see if your local scrapbook store (LSS), craft store, or stamp store is hosting special activities for the day. If not, express interest in their doing so or join in the activities of an Official Retailer.
Gather with fellow card makers and host a party using one of these themes:
Holiday card making. Play some Christmas tunes, serve tasty holiday treats (such as cookies, wassail, and candy canes), and put on your favorite Christmas movie to have a holiday card-making extravaganza. There’s nothing so satisfying as knowing all of your holiday cards are made before the hustle and bustle of the season sets in.
Card swap. Choose a card theme or occasion and ask your guests to come with enough cards for everyone in attendance to trade. Be sure to allow plenty of time for those attending to create the cards in advance. If possible, coordinate your refreshments and decorations to match the theme. For example, swap birthday cards and decorate for an “un-birthday party”, serving cake and ice cream. Everyone leaves with an assortment of unique cards and ideas.
Supplies swap. Refresh your collection of card-making supplies by hosting a trade. Invite your guests to bring enough supplies for everyone in attendance. Set a theme for the supplies (punches, stickers, etc.) and coordinate the treats. For example, have a ribbon swap and serve ribbon candy, shoestring licorice, and blue-ribbon apple pie. Or swap chipboard accents and serve chips and dip. You may also theme the products you swap. So you can have a birthday themed product swap (where you exchange patterned paper, stickers, rub-ons, etc.) and serve cupcakes.
Learn a Technique. Gather friends to learn a new technique or how to use a product in new ways. A fun approach is to theme the technique or product with your refreshments. Learn the various uses of alcohol ink and serve cocktails. Create cards with color washes and serve punch or other colorful beverages.
Charitable card making. Make cards to cheer up hospital patients, encourage soldiers, or offer holiday wishes to nursing home residents.
Pamper pajama party. Treat your girlfriends to a relaxing evening of card making mixed with comfy PJs and spa treatments. In between creating, offer stations for guests to have homemade facials, manicures and pedicures, and foot massages.
Strength in numbers party. Stock up on cards for the coming year in organized, assembly line fashion. Each guest is responsible for one part of the process (making card bases, adding the sentiment, finishing touches with ribbon, etc.) making a large number of cards in no time flat. Add variation by keeping the same card design but changing the sentiment for different occasions. Divide up the cards at the end of the party so everyone walks away with a variety of cards to use in the months ahead.
Visit the Create section of this site for dozens of card ideas you can re-create. Share your own card designs with card makers all over the world by posting them in the Creation Corner gallery.
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