Hallmark Cards’ Mark Makers team is taking part in the Million Makers project. This national entrepreneurial challenge is aimed at raising funds for The Prince’s Trust, a UK charity that helps vulnerable young people get their lives on track.

To support this fantastic cause, the Mark Makers have organised a series of creative workshops led by our inhouse experts. Open to all experience levels, these courses will be held at The Greenhouse Studio at Bradford College.

Room with yellow sofas and wooden table
The stylish Greenhouse Studio

With a variety of courses available – including calligraphy and embroidery – you’re sure to find a craft that inspires your creativity.

Along with learning a new skill, these workshops are a great way to boost your mental wellbeing. A study by Otaga University showed that after engaging in crafty activities, people felt happier, calmer and had more energy the following day. Taking a break to focus on a different activity can also improve your long-term productivity.

Blue, black and white necklace
Creative activities such as jewellery making can boost your mental wellbeing

For more information about the courses, visit the Eventbrite page or check out the programme below. If you have any questions, please contact Phil Pearmain.

Happy crafting!

Friday 25 October
£40 / 3hrs x 2 (9-12am + 1-4pm) Ages 18+

Make a beautiful wall hanging for your home or as a thoughtful gift. You’ll create your own pattern design using 100% cotton cord, which will hang from a wooden dowel.

The course leader will help you create a pattern and teach you quick and easy knotting techniques. This is a beginner’s workshop so no experience is necessary. All materials will be provided.

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Monday 28 October
£25 / 3hrs x 2 (9-12am & 1-4pm) / Ages 18+

People sat around wooden tables

This workshop is designed to challenge and broaden your perceptions of drawing – a fundamental skill for learning and thinking.

You’ll shake off any preconceptions about drawing and use exploratory techniques to satisfy your visual curiosity.

The course is suitable for all artists, no matter your ability. Get your pens and pencils ready…it’s time to get creative!

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Tuesday 29 October
£30 / 3hrs x 2 (9-12am & 1-4pm) / Ages 18+

This session will cover various embroidery stitches and techniques, ranging from the basic to the more advanced, and how these can be combined to create decorative patterns.

Suitable for beginners or anyone who wants to top up their learning, you’ll create a bank of embroidery skills which you can apply to future projects.

All materials will be provided and at the end of the session you’ll have a fabric ‘sampler’ which you can take home with you!

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Wednesday 30 October
£35 / 3hrs x 2 (9-12am & 1-4pm) / Ages 18+

Large colourful earrings

Create earrings or necklaces using polymer clay.

In the first half of the workshop you’ll plan your jewellery design and experiment with patterns and colour combinations. Then you’ll get to bake the the clay and piece it together once set.

The bespoke accessory will be the perfect gift – for someone special or yourself!

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Thursday 31 October
£30 / 3hrs x 2 (9-12am & 1-4pm) / Ages 18+

Learn how to write beautifully using brush calligraphy pens. You’ll start by working on exercises to practice making shapes and strokes, then move on to letter forms.

By the end of the workshop you’ll have created joined-up words in your own style. There’ll be plenty of time to practise and one-to-one help.

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Friday 1 November
£30 / 3hrs x 2 (9-12am & 1-4pm) / Ages 18+

Rows of paint and a stack of card

An introduction to lino printing, including carving and printing techniques. You’ll create beautiful one-colour prints to take away and enjoy.

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Learn more about the Million Makers competition here.