Grab your supplies and host a card making craft party for family and friends. Everyone will love getting together for an afternoon of crafting fun. Each attendee can come away with multiple cards to use for occasions throughout the year. These same ideas can be used when hosting a workshop for the community or paying members that want to learn your papercrafting techniques.
- Embossing Machine
- Darice Embossing Folders
- Darice Blank Cards & Envelopes
- Cardstock in a variety of colors
- Stickers & Embellishments
- Scrapbook Tapes & Adhesives
- Stamp Pads
- Any other craft supplies you love!
Cardmaking Craft Party Set Up Tips
Whether this is your first time hosting one of these crafting events or your fifteenth, you might need some tips to help your event go more smoothly. Here are our best tips for a crafting night of card making fun:
- Cover your tables or work surfaces. Cheap plastic table clothes work well here. This makes clean up easy at the end of the night and ensures no surfaces are damaged.
- If you expect a crowd, consider setting up stations. One for embossing, one for adhesives, one for embellishments, etc, This will keep everyone happy and moving around the room to mingle.
- Get your attendees to RSVP so you know approximately how many people you will have in order to plan accordingly. Make sure you tell each guest how many cards they can make based on attendance and supplies available.
- Variety is the name of the game! Every individual has different tastes so keeping things interesting with a wide variety of styles in your supplies is a must.
- Consider giving some example cards. Some people do not do well with free form creativity so have some examples they can follow handy. Be sure to make these example cards beginner friendly as you are sure to have some new crafters in the crowd.
- If kids are welcome at your event, consider setting up an age-appropriate craft activity to give the adults kid-free time to create.
- Arrive early for set-up. There is nothing worse than not being ready when your first guest hits the door.
- Food and drink are your friends! There is nothing worse than someone who is hungry and aggravated with a craft project!
Using Embossing Folders
If you have never used embossing folders before, don’t fear! They are super easy to use! You can either emboss a single sheet of cardstock or the front of a card.
Add the surface to be embossed to the embossing folder then put it between the plates that come with your machine. In this case, a shim is needed with this machine if just using a single sheet of card stock. This can be omitted if doing the front of a card.
Then just run the entire sandwich into your machine.
Open up the folder to reveal the emboss. The folders can be used again and again to create dozens of cards, making them perfect for card making parties.
The same steps above can be used on the front of a card just add the card front inside of the embossing folder and wrap the back around the folder before putting in your “sandwich” for embossing.
Ideas for Additional Craft Supplies
You will want to have a wide variety of other craft supplies to create your cards. Be sure to have a bunch of different adhesives.
Tapes are another fun embellishment that is great for crafters of all skill levels.
Stickers are fun for both the outside and the inside of your card.
Ink and stamps are also fun. You can even rub the ink over the surface to make the embossing really pop.
Other embellishments can really make the cards fun. Here we are using pre-cut flowers as well as buttons. You can purchase this type of embellishment or even cut them with dies or an electronic craft cutter.
Consider having embossing folders and embellishments that will work for a wide variety of cards. Some may want holiday cards, others may like generic blank cards, and others may love birthdays. You never know what type of crafter will show up at your event.
Hopefully, this guide helps you plan your own card making and embossing party. I bet everyone you invite will have an amazing time creating gorgeous cards with embossing folders and other craft supplies.
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Angie blogs at The Country Chic Cottage where you can find creative crafts, vintage finds, home decor, and DIY all with a little farmhouse flair. Angie has been blogging for several years and is married with three kids. Stop by her blog where you will find everything from small, quick crafts to major furniture and home makeovers.