Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Confirmation Announcements

I haven't posted much in the last 4 days and what I have posted has been very quick and simple.  I am finally done with a big project that I have been working on and thought I would share.

Next month, our church's 8th graders are being confirmed.  This occurs after three years of Wednesday night classes, social events, worship services and service events.  The confirmation service is a public affirmation of their baptism and, in our church, is a very big deal.

The evening before Confirmation Sunday we are holding an Evening of Honor for our confirmands - a sit-down dinner, followed by a shower of honors, gifts and blessings.  My job was to create the formal invitations for this event.

This is the main invitation. It's a large 5x7 card done in the event's colors of blue and silver.


The Bible verse is the theme verse for the evening - I did it on the computer.  The insides of all of the cards are personalized in a very formal graduation card type format.

Here is a close-up of the texture.  These cards were my perfect excuse for purchasing Our Daily Bread's Fish Embossing Plate.



Inserted into each main card are two smaller (standard-sized) cards and envelopes that the confirmand can send to their extended family and friends to invite them to this special evening.


These are obviously modeled on the main card - just down-sized.  Each of these is also personalized.

Finally, we have included RSVP cards and envelopes.  Obviously the actual cards have real names on them!




Have you done the crosses that are on each card?  They are very simple to do, but require Stampin' Up's Sizzix Lattice die.  It cuts a square lattice that makes great quilt-look cards, but with a few snips, it can become a cross.  Here's a picture of a cross on top of the full diecut.  The bigger crosses that I used on the bigger cards just go down on scallop further.



These cards became a real group effort in my family.  My 15-year old son spent 2 1/2 hours on Sunday cutting out the crosses and embossing the backgrounds.  (He owes me money!)  My husband and I spent yesterday evening and all of this morning glueing everything together.  I cannot believe I did not get a picture of him hunched over my craft table, with his reading glasses, very carefully lining up everything he glued...and he calls me anal!!

  • Stamps: "You're Invited" comes from Papertrey Ink Round & Round (an anniversary set)
  • Ink: Adirondack Denim (only for You're Invited - everything else is computer printed)
  • Paper: Blue and Silver Bazzill purchased in bulk at Michaels - I didn't check the color names
  • Accessories: Martha Stewart border punch (on the main card), Stampin' Up Scallop Border Punch, Our Daily Bread Fish Embossing Plate, Stampin' Up Lattice Die, 1 1/2" circle punch, gems from Michaels

8 comments:

Jen W. said...

These are stunning, Kim! What a big project and the cards will make wonderful keepsakes for this important day.
Next time you must share a picture of the boys working hard! LOL! :)

Ann Schach said...

These are very classy and elegant! Great job, Kim!

Chrisd said...

Those confirmation cards and announcements are stunning. I am working on creating cards for our confirmation class but I am still in the planning stages. Thanks for sharing your inspiration to honor the special young people on their important day.

Melissa said...

Wow! I see why you've been busy! The card you created for this is so pretty! That's pretty impressive that you got your husband to help! :) Your description of him hunched over, being so careful made me smile! The things we get our husbands to do...LOL!

For Eyes and Hearts said...

Wow, what a pretty card. It`s so simple but so elegant.

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

What a fabulous job you have done of these invitations etc, Kim! I can tell how important this event is to you ... with all the attention to detail.
Sorry haven't popped by recently ... but my dad had a heart attack 2 weeks ago ... it is school holidays ... my son turned 13 yesterday ... and my eldest daughter is in labour as I type! I am excited about my 1st grandchild ... but it is a long hard labour and I am a bit distracted.
Take care ... and thanks for popping by! Hugs xxaxx

Christine said...

Your cards are stunning! I love how you constructed the cross on this one! And it's confirmation weekend here at my church...so this caught my eye even more :) I am linking this up on Practical Scrappers!

H2 :) said...

What beautiful keepsakes for such an important occasion! Your design is stunning Kim & the extra invitations inside is a wonderful inclusion.
It's lovely that these cards became a family project for you all.