Happy Friday, CK blog readers. My name is Susan R. Opel, and I am an Editor for Paper Crafts magazine. It’s a pleasure to chitchat with all of you about some serious crafty goodness.
While scrapbooking has always been my first love, I’ve found that card making is a pretty amazing way to use my stash of gorgeous stuff. And once I’ve made a card, I can send it to someone to brighten their day with something that I’ve made just for them. It’s a pretty fantastic feeling.
Just like scrapbookers celebrate National Scrapbooking Day in early May, card makers have their own holiday called World Card Making Day the first Saturday in October – this year it is October 3. The purpose behind the holiday is A) to celebrate the creativity of handmade cards and the personal connection that they create between friends and family and B) to kick-off (and get a head start on ) the holiday card making season. And if I’ve been paying attention to the world lately, it sure seems like lots of people are interested in the homemade and handmade. What if YOU made your Christmas cards with your scrapbooking supplies and started on World Card Making Day?
Not sure how to get started? Oh, boy, do I have the perfect solution to that problem. Let me introduce you to Paper Crafts magazine’s fourth installation of Holiday Cards & More which just hit newsstands on August 25!
Inside the covers of this delectable holiday treat, you will find over 100 festive card ideas sure to inspire you. Take a look at a few of my favorites!
I love the retro feel and simplicity of Charlene’s card. You could do this one easily! A couple pieces of cardstock, a border punch, some patterned paper, all topped off with ribbon and a rub-on. This wouldn’t be too hard to reproduce in duplicate to send to all of your friends and family.
Folk Tree Card by Kim Hughes
- Folk Tree Card by Kim Hughes
As one of our Go-to Gals at Paper Crafts magazine, we can always count on Kim to create simple and cute cards like this one. With a few cuts and pieces of paper, a quick machine stitch and some rhinestones, Kim has created an adorable and homey card that captures the essence of handmade love. You could use a pen to mimic the stitching or skip it altogether, and you’d still have a super cute result!
Son is Given Card by Lisa Johnson
Sometimes you may want to make a one-of-a-kind creation for someone special. Whether it is for your child’s teacher, an elderly neighbor or a dear friend, this is when you can go all out and create a card with gorgeous detail like Lisa’s. I love all of the touches she adds with layered paper, ink, an intricate border punch, ribbon and tiny jingle bells. This card says, “I took time out of my busy schedule to create this for just for you.”
I’m feeling awfully merry after looking at these cards, aren’t you? What if you and your scrapbooking pals celebrated World Card Making Day this October 3rd by trying your hand at card making? To give you a little inspiration, I have two copies of Holiday Cards & More: Volume 4 (which includes much more than cards!) to give away. Leave me a comment by Monday, August 31, about your plans for World Card Making Day or your Holiday 2009 cards.
Happy Card Making!