World Card Making Day – October 2, 2021

World Card Making Day is an exciting day that is celebrated every first Saturday in October, on October 2 this year. This day is dedicated to the crafty ones, those that would prefer to make a card rather than buy one. The day was started in 2006 so that crafters can get a headstart on the gift-giving holiday season.

History of World Card Making Day

Creating handmade cards for loved ones to celebrate different holidays and special occasions is an art form, one that many people from around the world indulge in. As such, it does make some sense that a special day to celebrate this was created. This was exactly what “Paper Crafts” magazine inadvertently did on October 7, 2006.

The celebration was initially only for subscribers to their magazine, but they were pleasantly surprised when it went viral. This was how the day was birthed and it is now celebrated by thousands all over the world. A company called Two Peas was also part of the history of World Card Making Day; they were involved with the first events commemorating the day.

The history of card making itself dates back to the Victorian era. Then, they had cards that announced someone’s arrival. These cards were plain, with no emotion, but things started to change as new printing techniques became available. They started making more colorful cards, which also gradually changed how they were used. People started sending them to each other for different occasions.

This was how the card-making industry was built. Calling cards became penny postcards, which eventually became modern-day gift cards. These days, you can probably get a card for anything you need. There are business cards, greeting cards, IV cards, all sorts, and what better way to express yourself through cards than making them yourself? Make them with the person they are intended for in mind, and you will definitely steal their heart.

World Card Making Day timeline

1400s
Europeans Get into the Game

Europeans start exchanging and also selling handmade greeting cards.

1800s
The Postage Stamp is Born

The use of postage stamps is introduced.

1837–1901
Card Making Takes Off

The earliest use of cards dates back to the Victorian era.

2006
World Card Making Day Starts

“Paper Crafts” magazine begins the worldwide tradition of making cards.

World Card Making Day FAQs

What is the best paper for making cards?

This mostly depends on what you want to do with it. If you are going to be stamping, then you might want to use a smooth cardstock. Your stamped images will come out smooth.

What supplies do I need for card making

For any card-making endeavor, there are a few supplies that you would need. These include cardstock, adhesive, stamps, and inks.

What day is Card Making Day?

World Card Making Day is celebrated all over the world on the first Saturday of October.

How to Celebrate World Card Making Day

  1. Make some handmade cards

    This is a no-brainer. One of the perfect ways to celebrate this day is to get your supplies ready and make some cards for your loved ones.

  2. Organize a craft party

    One thing that is better than making cards for your loved ones alone is making cards for your loved ones with friends and family! A craft party sets the perfect mood and brings fellow crafters together to celebrate the day.

  3. Teach card making

    Yes, help the next generation of card makers get started on this amazing journey. You can organize classes, even for kids, and teach them the basics of card making.

5 Facts About Cards That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. Dance card anyone?

    During the Victorian Era, ladies wrote the names of gentlemen that they wanted to dance with on a ‘dance card.’

  2. Calling card

    The culture of making gift cards was so popular during the Victorian era that a criminal’s signature element was called their ‘calling card.’

  3. Fancy greeting cards

    Some of the most expensive greeting cards ever made come from a company called Gilded Age Greetings and their cards can cost as much as $4,995.

  4. The greeting card business is booming

    Americans spend an estimated $8 billion on more than six million greeting cards each year.

  5. White House Christmas cards

    The very first Christmas card to be sent by a president was sent by President Calvin Coolidge in 1927.

Why We Love World Card Making Day

  1. It brings people together

    World Card Making Day provides a great opportunity for lovers of crafts to get together and do what they love to do. It is also not limited to craft lovers alone, the joy of card making can be spread around, just be ready to have fun and know how to hold scissors.

  2. It helps in planning for the holidays

    World Card Making Day comes up every October, which gives everyone a big headstart on their card-making activities for the upcoming holidays. You can get all your cards ready by the end of October!

  3. It creates joy

    Making cards for a loved one is not only about the crafts, it’s about the thought and care that goes into making something with your hands. These cards are usually more appreciated and they bring joy and a feeling of being loved to the recipients.

World Card Making Day dates

YearDateDay
2022October 1Saturday
2023October 7Saturday
2024October 5Saturday
2025October 4Saturday
2026October 3Saturday

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