In this post, you’ll be shown how to make a DIY Confirmation Invitation that looks way more expensive than it costs.
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confirmation invitation that looks expensive (but isn’t)
Life gets so expensive. Looking expensive though and feeling the expenses are two totally different things. When it comes to invitations, communicating information about an event is only half the purpose. The other half is to IMPRESS the invited guests.
Yup! It’s a pride and show-off thing. (Thank goodness for Pinterest, right!). So YES, we want expensive looking beautiful invitation sets. But NO, we don’t want to pay the cost of ordering luxurious sets from a custom catalog. Especially when we can DIY them!
Here is a step-by-step guide to making a gorgeous and expensive (looking) Confirmation Invitation. You can use the same concept for any religious event or (really) any party. Just adapt the text and colors for your taste and situation!
Take our concept and run with it
Did you find inspiration in the Confirmation invitation shown but want to tweak it a bit? Sound good! Take a look at these guides for help getting started.
The first shows how to set up a bleed to make your text to go right off the page (even if your printer requires a margin).
The next is an overall size chart that will help you as long as you stick with an A7 size. Adjust as needed for your design.
Confirmation invitation 1-2-3
- Cricut Maker
- Paper Cutter
- Xyron 900 Creativity Station (optional)
- Advanced Tape Glider
- Clear Ruler
- 2" Circle Paper Punch (not needed if you have Cricut Maker)
- 1.75" Circle Paper Punch (not needed if you have a Cricut Maker)
- 1.5" Cross Paper Punch (not needed if you have Cricut Maker)
- Address Labeling Guides (optional)
- Gather tools and materials as listed. You will have extras to use for future projects due to the quantities included in the packs of paper and envelopes. More projects! Yay!!
- Design your text using any software including Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, Adobe Illustrator, etc.
- If you want your text to run off the edge (like in the example) then print the invitation layer as large as the base layer with the "tails" of the text going off the edge and then trim it back.
- Print and cut layers using this size guide as a reference:
- Make a sticker out of your paper for the cross embellishments using the Xyron 900 Creativity Station. For help on this step, take a look at our post that shows how. If you don't have the Xyron 900 (you should!) then you can use glue dots. Cut your embellishments using the paper punchers or your Cricut Maker. If using the Cricut Maker, use delicate surface painters tape to tape the edges of the paper to your cutting mat. Otherwise it will slip around during the cutting process.
- With all of your pieces in printed and cut, it's time to start assembling. Start with taping all four edges of the back of the invitation layer using the ATG tape gun.
- Adhere to front of backing layer using clear ruler to make sure it's lining up properly. In the example shown, there is a 1/4" margin around the invitation layer. The ruler will help you make this a piece of cake to get perfect.
- Wrap your cut ribbon around the invitation layers meeting in front. Adhere end to end using a glue dot to hold together.
- Run a line of tape along the middle of the back of the embellishment using your ATG tape gun. Then adhere to the front of the ribbon.
- Adhere embellishments using ATG (tape gun).
- Cut out and adhere envelope liners. Refer to blog post for directions if you're unsure how to do this step. You can use the cast off crosses from making the embellishments to adorn the front of the envelopes for a special extra touch.
- Finally it's time to address the envelopes. An easy way to line up the addresses is to use an address guide stencil. For a pretty touch, use a calligraphy pen. Guess it's time to practice your handwriting!
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Want a little more input on how to make your invitations a manageable project? Take a look at these to posts.
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