World Card Making Day 2018 is on October 6th! From wedding announcements to new babies, birthdays to graduation, and of course all of the holidays we love to creatively celebrate - we card makers know that a handmade card is the perfect treasure to commemorate an occasion and show the ones we hold dear just how much we care.
We have chosen 18 of the best cards of 2018 (though we really wanted to pick 2018 of the best cards!) and listed them below to spark your card making creativity.
1. Thinking of You Card with Sea Turtles
We love this under-the-sea card created by Koren Wiskman! The stencil work on the background, the ombre gradient, and the speckled sand make for colorfully realistic finishing touches that elevate this card to "Fine Art" status. Click here to see all of the supplies she utilized.
2. Unique Happy Birthday Card
We're smitten with this deliciously colorful birthday card created by Anna Komenda! The creative use of criss-crossed twine, puffy stickers, and embossed low-opacity sentiments gives this birthday card unique flare and unmatched texture. You can see the stamp set that she features here.
3. Simple Just Because Card
The moments between holidays and the causes for cheer give us the opportunity to remind our loved ones just how much we love them! Tiffany Solorio created this beautifully blended "just because" card using the habit-formingly blendable Distress Oxides. She used the color Peacock Feathers and gold embossing powder to create a quick and easy, yet eye-catching card.
4. Treat Holder Card
If you're anything like we are, you don't have to say it twice - a card that doubles as a cookie holder might be at the top of our "please send" list. Lydia Cost created a variety of adorable pockets perfect for cookies using Bella Blvd paper lines. We love this idea for birthday parties, classroom goodies, and truly sweet thank you's.
5. Treat Yo' Self Birthday Card
Make your loved one smile by reminding him or her to "treat yo' self"! That's what Jan Tink did with this sparkly polka-dot card that is a cause for celebration in itself! She used this stamp set and the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Marker to add a memorable touch of shine!
6. Artistic Handmade Thank You Card
This card created by Ivana combines an impressive array of elements, from puffy stickers and iridescent alphas to inks, embossing powders, and stamps. Mixing and matching so many different creative tools inspires us to dig deep into our crafting-bins and try new things. See all of the items she used to construct this treasure here.
7. Vintage-Inspired Handmade Cards
Using Blank Kraft Card bases and Crate Paper's Flourish Collection by Maggie Holmes, Wanda Guess crafted these enchanting cards fit for all occasions! She integrated ephemera, paper, and other lovely embellishments from the line to design these timeless treasures.
8. Glitter Cards
All that glitters is gold with these eye-catching cards created by Bea Valint. Bea used a variety of glitter shapes, cuts, and sizes to make these kaleidoscopic creations. See the glitter that she utilized here.
9. Cards for Girls
Brightly colored and full of personality, Flora's cards above are jubilant! With cute reminders like remembering to eat dessert first and cute icons from little birds and glasses to books and cellphones, these are the perfect inspiration for a birthday card, congratulations card, or even a "just because"!
10. Lawn Fawn Birthday Card
We're sure that this hand-colored card created by Amy put a smile on the recipient's face at first sight! With adorable children dressed up in springtime costumes and colors that coordinate flawlessly, Amy's Lawn Fawn card is simply perfect. We love how she overlapped the die cut characters to add depth and interest and stenciled a subtle, beautiful background. A small swish and swoosh of a stencil brush and you can add a special finishing touch to any project. You can find the stamp set she used here and the coordinating die set here.
11. Colorful Happy Holidays Card
There's something exciting about a Holiday card that plays with uncommon color (though we do love a good red and green card, don't get us wrong!). Anita played with frosty pinks and frostbitten blues to create this sugar-plum-sweet card that sets the stage for a whimsical Christmas. You can see the elegant stamp set she used here.
12. Mixed Media Handmade Card
We're mesmerized by the "dot" repetition found in this sweet card by Julie. With polka dots, paint splatters, thread woven around and buttons, this card has an attention-grabbing flow. You can find the sentiment stamp she used here.
13. Modern Wedding Shaker Card
Shaker cards are deceiving. They look complicated to create and they're not! Terri made this memorable shaker card with two swans, floral elements, and a shaker full of sequins! Her use of transparent sequins makes it so you can see the gorgeous patterned paper even when you shake, shake, shake!
14. Friendship Card for Coffee Lovers
Whether you're Team Pumpkin-Spice or prefer your coffee black, this autumnal, hand stamped card that celebrates coffee, friends, and fall shares some of the best in life! Tracy reminds us to take life "one cup at a time" with this adorable card. You can find the coffee friends stamp set she used here. We'll take one too - with a sugar and two creams!
15. Die Cut Thank You Card from Sizzix
Lindsey Serata designed this timeless and cheerful die set for all of the thank-you cards on your list! We love the soft, spring colors she used and the beautiful mixed media background. You can find the dies that she used here. She also created this instructional video with us to show YOU how to replicate this unforgettable card.
16. Interactive Pop-Up Card with Lawn Fawn
Mona gave her card recipient the gift-of-getaway without going anywhere with this other-worldly pop-up card! You can lose yourself in the details and be transported to a magical world. She used 6 different dies, stamps, and a variety of markers and Distress Oxides to make this miniature scene come to life. See all of the supplies she used here.
17. Hand-stitched Card
If you love mixing your media or "craft personas", this card will inspire! Leigh created this work of art with an innovative die from Altenew - the Cross Stitch Canvas die. It punctures small holes into your project allowing you to add cross stitch or other threaded techniques to your papercrafting projects! You can find that die here.
18. Heartfelt Handmade Birthday Card
Last, but not least by any means, is this sincerely heartfelt birthday card that Laura made. It's full of sweet stamped phrases that are sure to make your pal smile. From sweet reminders such as "Girl, celebrate!" and "make a wish!" to sillier sentiments like "Sooo many candles..." and " Vintage is IN!", this card makes us smile. You can find the stamp set she used here.
We hope you have a creative, fun, craft-filled World Card Making Day! Let us know what you're making in the comments below!