Creating a Dynamic Two-Toned Birthday Card in Illustrator: Add Fun With Color, Layout, Typography | Sandra Hess | Skillshare

Creating a Dynamic Two-Toned Birthday Card in Illustrator: Add Fun With Color, Layout, Typography

Sandra Hess, Sandra Rose Designs, Graphic Designer

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7 Videos (28m)
    • INTRO Two Toned Birthday Card

    • Video 1 Setting Up BASE Card Template

    • Video 2 Choosing Background Colors

    • VIDEO 3 Adding Text

    • VIDEO 4 Secondary Text Wishing You a

    • VIDEO 5 Inside Text

    • VIDEO 6 Final Print Set Up


About This Class



Have you ever wondered how two tone text is created in Illustrator? Let's create a greeting card from template to finished card, ready for printing! Using the word BIRTHDAY, we will use two fun colors and give a bright, fun wow factor to your card. Your choice of font and colors determines the final look and feel of your card. You will see examples of different card occasions where you can use this technique for a very effective card.

This is geared to both people with limited knowledge in Illustrator, and if you are advanced, you will learn some new tips and tricks that can be used on any design project. I will walk you step by step through the process so if you are a beginner, you will still be able to do the project. 

Join me as we work from template to finished card ready to send! I love to see students' work, and how little differences in color, size and variation can make a big difference in the final project! I can't wait to see what you made, so be sure and upload it to the gallery so I can comment!


Introduction - What you will learn and some examples of other cards with this technique.

Video 1)  Make a 5 x 7 card template. If you just want to learn the design portion, you can skip this video.

Video 2) Choose two colors and set up the background. 

Video 3) Add the main text word and create the two-toned effect. Skill: Clipping Mask 

Video 4) Add the additional wording on the front to compliment the main word. 

Video 5)  Create the inside message. 

Video 6) BONUS - if you want to print the card, download the PRINT template. 

  • TEMPLATE DOWNLOADS - Download from Class Project Area

Font: Smitten - Free Download Here 

Adobe Acrobat Pro Windows Free Download 

Adobe Acrobat Pro Mac Free Download 





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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!


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