Saturday, October 02, 2010

World Cardmaking Day

Please note that our regular weekly dare for this week appears below this extra post!

Today is World Cardmaking Day - The first Saturday of each October, kicking off the holiday card-making season, the most popular time for creating and sharing handmade greetings.
The card-making community worldwide, including hobbyists, beginning card makers, manufacturers of card-making products, retail sellers of products, educators, and press are invited to come together to celebrate this holiday and creative passion.

It is a day 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.
The origin of exchanging handmade greeting cards can be traced all the way back to ancient Chinese culture.
* Today, card making is a worldwide hobby, especially popular in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
* 86% of scrapbookers also create handmade cards
* 92% of paper crafters create cards more than any other type of project
* The top occasions/themes for making cards are
o Birthdays
o winter holidays (Christmas, New Year’s, etc.)
o thank you Valentine’s Day
o Mother’s Day
* Card makers prefer stamps and rub-ons for use on their holiday handmade cards
* 73% of card makers use their computer in part or all of their design

Coinciding with WCD, Papercraft Inspirations Magazine are having a Christmas blog party all weekend, celebrating Christmas and offering Christmas card making ideas, projects, competitions, money-saving offers and more, all that you'll need for the festive season.

Papercraft Inspirations Blog Party

We were thrilled when we were asked to join in with the festivities and we would like to invite you to join in too by making a Christmas card to celebrate.

We have a paper pad to giveaway too;

We will pick a card at random from all the eligible cards.

  • In order to be eligible you need to add a link in the comments to a newly created Christmas themed card by midnight on Saturday 9 October.
  • You may enter as many times as you wish and you may combine challenges.
  • Cards must link back to the Daring Cardmakers blog.
  • Have fun creating!

To make this card I used:-
Penny Black Slapstick Stamp Set - Carolling Penguins
Stamped onto Watercolour paper with StazOn Ink
and coloured with AquaMarkers
Plenty of Stickles was added!
Mounted onto Bazzill Card Stock
Punched with Martha Stewart Crown Border Punch
and embossed the White with Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
Tiny Snowflakes - Woodware Punch
Peel Off Gems for the centres
To make this card I used:
C6 blank (used landscape)
Kaiser "Dear Santa" 6x6 paper pad
Wide organza ribbon
Gold thread and gold crochet thread
a few beads in matching colours
Spellbinders Nesties scallop circles die
Spellbinders Shapeabilities "Fanciful Holidays" die (tree)
scrap of gold paper
Gold ink pad or Krylon pen
Gold Stickles

1. Cut and stick 2 strips of paper (one 1.5cm wider than the other) across the card front
2. Die cut an aperture with the Nesties die, run the ink or Krylon pen around the raw edge
3. Tie a ribbon bow around as shown, tie a few strands of gold thread through the knot, Thread some beads onto another length of thread and secure the ends by knotting the end beads in place. Thread the crochet cord through the loop in the ribbon, then with some beads at either end of the bead-string, tie the crochet cord tightly around the centre so that the beads will hang down at the two ends when the card is standing up.
4. Cover the inside back of the card, Adhere the paper for the tree to a scrap of card, then cut out the tree shape, add a scrap of gold paper to the reverse to show through the little "bauble" holes.
5. Apply glue or tape to the reverse of the tree, close the card so that you can position the tree in the aperture and stick down firmly. Highlight the star with gold Stickles.and it's all done.

To make this card I used:
Craft Creations large square card blank
Digital Papers from Funky Hand Dreams Come True CD printed at A5 size
Snowflake and sentiment are Funky Hand All I Want for Xmas Digi stamps
Fiskars Upper crest border punch
Black felt tip pen
Glue pen and Glamour Dust glitter
Nestability small rectangle and scallop dies

1: Print out your papers.
2: Using Word or equivalent, make an A5 page, insert the digi snowflake and enlarge to about half the page. Print out onto one of the pattern papers
3: Cut out the snowflake, leaving a small outline.
4: Add a line of glue and Glamour Dust inside the black line.
5: Cut a square of pattern paper 4x4" and another 4.5 x 4.5 ". Outline with black pen. Adhere together.
6: Stick a different pattern to the bottom half of a card blank. Outline with black pen
7: Using the same pattern as the snowflake, punch a border. Outline and stick to the top of the patterned paper.
8: Cut out the sentiment and a scallop using nestability dies. Outline and stick together.
9: Stick the large square of patterned papers to the card, slightly higher than the centre.
10: Add the snowflake using foam pads
11: Add the sentiment to the bottom right hand corner

To make this card, I used;
Bazzill Kraft and white cardstock
Crate Paper Snowy Day papers, chipboard and stickers
Papermania gems
Paper flowers - some coloured with Sharpies
Lace and button twine
Button and brads
Nestabilities small scallops circle die
Cuttlebug flower die
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Circle and Holly punches
Brown and white inkpads
Needle and thread

1. Cut a panel of brown patterned paper and ink and stitch around the edge, wrap lace around the panel and mat with Kraft cardstock
2. Emboss a panel of white card, tie on twine, mat with kraft cardstock, ink and stitch and adhere to the card.
3. Mat a chipboard ring with white embossed card cut into a circle and a die cut scalloped circle.
4. Add a cuttlebug flower and chipboard snowflake circle with a brad, adhere the completed circle to the card.
5. Add note label and memories sticker and adhere chipboard scallop and corner to the card.
6. Create tree from patterned paper, stitching the edges of the tree, add a snowflake and punched circle with a brad and add the tree to the card.
7. Punch holly, ink and adhere. Glue flowers to the card.
8. Add a punched yellow circle and button to the top of the tree and gems to the card.


Ria Zonnestraaltje said...

I made this cute xmas card.
Hope you like it.

hugs Ria

librariane said...

Man, it's been a while, but I have one!

Cardinal cards

Unicorn said...

Joining for the first time in Daring cardmakers.
My christmas card is here:

Anonymous said...

First timer too, although I know Kathy so I don't feel quite so wet behind the ears!! Finally glad to see someone promoting WCMD, I was in JoAnns and Archivers this morning (USA) and no one knew what I was talking about!

My card is HERE


Niki Rowland said...

Happy World Card Making Day everyone!!!Here is my card

Josephine said...

Fabulous samples from the team. Mine's here.

SemSee said...

WOW! These are AMAZING samples!! Here's my entry!. Hugs, Sem x

Anonymous said...

Fabulous DT cards - I really love the last one.

Peggy said...

I hope it is okay to enter my card in both your challenges. They are great!! Here is my card

CinnamonSally said...

I have found time to enter your challenge (its been a while)and I have enjoyed this one!!!
My card is here

Agus said...

Happy card making day!!
here is my card (:

Tracey said...

Fabulous challenge & gorgeous DT cards :)

My Card is here


Miri said...

Although it was a lovely sunny day I really enjoyed creating these christmas cards.
Thanks for the challenge =)

Here are my cards

Brenda Brown said...

I hope you all had a good day.
My entry is at -
Many thanks. Brenda xx

Kathlene said...

Such lovely offerings by the DT. I'd like to play as well. Here's mine.

LoisB said...

My first Christmas card this year!

Ginger Claire said...

Happy WCD xxx
Here's a couple of Chritmas cards:
Thanks for the inspiration xx

Linda said...

Beautiful cards by the DT for inspiration...thank you!!

Here is my card.

Anne said...

fabulous cards girls. Thanks for a great challenge, my card is here
Anne x

Jane said...

Hope I've done this right... here's mine

Ruby said...

Love your challenge... Here's my entry

Claire said...

Fab theme and gorgeous work from the DT! My card is here
Claire xx

Gail Is This Mutton? said...

Here's my entry:

Thanks for looking!

Caroline and Jayne said...

Cute cards xxx
Why don't you pop along to our craft blog We have competitions, challenges, charity events and even a class at the NEC (Birmingham with Shimelle lane - but you need to book x)You can inspire or be inspired :)

Regena said...

Here's my Christmas card

Zoe said...

Great Challenge!! Its about time i made a start with my christmas cards!! Mine can be found here Thanks sooo much for the inspiration!!
Zoe x x

Vicky said...

Fabulous cards! Thanks for the challenge. Here's my card

Anonymous said...

Wonderful cards!
Here is my card =)

Mrs.B said...

Great DT Cards. Thanks for the extra challenge
Avril B
My card

darling Ho said...

Here is my card.

Thanks for coming.

Lisa said...

Cool idea! Please visit my card here