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Introduction to Cardmaking


This guide aims to help you get to grips with the basics of cardmaking, looking at the occasions you could create for, the different types of greeting cards you could make, and the materials we recommend you use, amongst many other points of interest!

Introduction to Cardmaking

It's thought that this rewarding craft originated in ancient China, where they'd send messages of good will at New Year using the custom of sending a handmade card. The Chinese weren't the only ones to think up this idea, though - there's also evidence that the early Egyptians relayed their sentiments on papyrus scrolls. It wasn't until the 15th century that Europe got the message and decided to create their own greeting cards to celebrate occasions like New Year and Valentine's Day.

The cardmaking trend increased greatly over time, continuously introducing new and exciting reasons to create and send cards - notably the first commercial Christmas card in 1843. English inventor, Sir Henry Cole, came up with this concept and asked artist, John Callcott Horsley, to design a card that he could send out to his colleagues and loved ones over the festive season. Since that date, the greeting card industry's popularity has only propelled.

Today, buying premade cards can be incredibly expensive - so for that reason, more and more people are creating their own. Cardmaking is not only a cheaper option, but a far more thoughtful one. After all, you get one of the greatest feelings in the world knowing that someone spent their time and energy hand-making and personalising something especially for you!

So, to kick off the cardmaking frenzy, let's look at a range of different occasions you could send cards out for - at the end of the day, the theme of your design will most likely be based around this!

National/Religious Holidays & Special Dates

New Year's Day

New Year's Day

St. Valentine's Day

St. Valentine's Day

St. David's Day

St. David's Day

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day

Mother's Day

Mother's Day

Easter

Easter

St. George's Day

St. George's Day

Father's Day

Father's Day

Halloween

Halloween

Diwali

Diwali

Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night

St. Andrew's Day

St. Andrew's Day

Hanukkah

Hanukkah

Christmas Day

Christmas Day

Everyday Cardmaking Occasions

  • Birthday
  • Anniversary
  • Wedding
  • Engagement
  • Christening
  • Good Luck
  • Leaving
  • Congratulations
  • Get Well
  • Sympathy
  • Thank You
  • New Baby
  • New Home
  • New Job
  • Party

Traditional Wedding Anniversaries

Anniversary Traditional (UK) Traditional (US)
1st Cotton, Paper Paper
2nd Paper, Cotton Cotton
3rd Leather
4th Linen, Silk Fruit, Flowers
5th Wood
6th Sugar Iron
7th Woollen Wool, Copper
8th Salt Bronze
9th Copper Pottery
10th Tin Tin, Aluminum
11th Steel Steel
12th Silk & Fine Linen Silk
13th Lace
14th Ivory
15th Crystal
20th Porcelain
25th Silver
30th Pearl
35th Coral Coral, Jade
40th Ruby
45th Sapphire
50th Gold
55th Emerald
60th Diamond Diamond (yellow)
65th Blue Sapphire
70th Platinum
75th Diamond, Gold
80th Oak
85th Wine Moonstone
90th Stone

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