World Card Making Day began in 2006 as National Card Making Day. Founded by Paper Crafts magazine to bring card makers together at the beginning of the busiest card-making season of the year, it was first held on October 7, 2006. The initial celebration involved the Paper Crafts magazine audience only; however, due to the positive response it received and the worldwide popularity of card making, the holiday became known as World Card Making Day from then on.
Celebrating its seventh year in 2012, World Card Making Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in October. It's a day for the card-making community—hobbyists, retailers, and manufacturers—to unite and celebrate the connection and creativity that is the heart of card making. Join us in the fun on October 6, for World Card Making Day 2012!
World Card Making Day is a day especially for card makers around the world to:
- Celebrate the creativity of handmade cards and the personal connection that they create between friends and family
- Kick off (and get a head start on) the holiday card-making season
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.
Creating a handmade card brings a special kind of joy. There’s joy in the process of creating, as well as in giving and receiving handmade cards.
CARD MAKING BENEFITS
Handmade cards are:
GIFTS. It is a little sliver of energy, time, and love that says, "I really care about you" in a world of impersonal communications such as e-mails.
CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS. Beneath the cardstock and embellishments is emotion from the card maker--encouragement, celebration, commemoration, and love.
KEEPSAKES. Instead of being thrown away, they are cherished and displayed
RELATIONSHIP BUILDERS. They spark deep connections, express feelings, evoke laughter, and warm the hearts of friends, relatives, and co-workers.
CARD MAKING FACTS
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, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
- 1 in 6 U.S. households participates in making cards
- 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
- winter holidays (Christmas, New Year’s, etc.)
- thank you
- Valentine’s Day
- 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