Create an Exciting "Lots of Dots" Birthday Greeting Card in Illustrator for Beginner to Intermediate

Sandra Hess, Sandra Rose Designs, Graphic Designer

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7 Videos (33m)
    • Intro to Lots of Dots Video

    • Lesson 1 Background

    • Lesson 2 Dots

    • Lesson 3 Changing the color of dots

    • Lesson 4 Adding Text Circle and Flower Final

    • Lesson 5 Print File Front and Inside

    • Lesson 6 Conclusion and Printing


About This Class

In this class, we will be making a greeting card from Template to Print-Ready Product. We will use lots of dots to create a fun birthday card. You will be able to use this idea for many other types of cards by changing the color, size, and layout of the dots to give each card a unique look! Whether you are a beginner in Illustrator, or a seasoned Illustrator user, this class will walk you through the steps I use to create the dots patterns, and many variations of the dots. You will use the Base Template and Print Templates provided. 


7 of 7 students recommendSee All

This is a good class - simple to follow and something I think I can do again with different colors and size dots for a completely different look! I look forward to more classes!
Nice video and nice greeting card!
Ching Yee Liau

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Great class. I love that as a "somewhat beginner" I understand and can walk through quickly. I enjoyed making the dots card. It will be good for several occasions, not just birthday!





Sandra Hess

Sandra Rose Designs, Graphic Designer

“Your 20 year old daughter MADE that card?” I asked my best friend. The card images and text were stamped and embellished with a well-placed rhinestone. A 3-D feel was created by layered focal points and a beautiful ribbon completed the look. She showed me several more cards that she received for her birthday and her recent wedding anniversary. I was in awe and felt so inspired as I saw card after card, each with its own unique charm! I couldn’t wait to learn to hand craft my own cards!

And so began my love affair with designing and creating greeting cards. That day was 16 years ago and my passion continues. I love good design. I love greeting cards. I love connecting with people and teaching what I have learned.

I started my career in the fine arts field of music as a registered music therapist. I switched to teaching private piano lessons while raising my 2 young children. Soon after they entered school, I taught general and choral music in grade school followed by high school. My music career spanned 20 years.

When my daughter was expecting her first child and my first grandchild, I closed the much loved chapter of my music career and turned my focus to a home based business of designing and selling greeting cards. The ongoing set schedule and external responsibilities of classes, student performances, concerts and music activities were replaced by flexible time, working from home, and being available for more consistent support to my growing family. 

My love of people and creativity now took a new outlet. Design classes at a local university fit nicely into my schedule. I developed my professional skills of design, typography, color theory, drawing, photography and so much more to help in my graphic design career. The sophisticated design software of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator became my tools of choice. As my design skills grew through the computer, my handcrafted cards turned digital and a new world of sales and marketing took hold.

My first sales outlets were small local shops where I sold my handcrafted cards. My sales grew to include larger regional stores, private label cards, and organization and industry specific collections. Online sales at Greeting Card Universe and my own online card shop, Cards by Sandra Rose, selling both wholesale to stores and retail to individuals, have allowed me to expand not only across the United States but in Europe as well. The online store Zazzle has allowed me to grow my business to include related collections of gift items featuring my designs. My line has now grown to more than 5,000 cards and I have sold well over 200,000 cards.

People share with me stories of how meaningful cards are in their lives. Stories of care and compassion and how a card has helped them touch a friend’s life who was diagnosed with cancer. Stories of the joy a card brings for just saying hello to a grandfather who lives in a nursing home. Stories of celebration as the “perfect” card scores a home run with a son or grandson on his birthday. Budding card designers reach out to me to learn how a home based career works, how to use the complicated design software, and how to make money online through graphic design.