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Holiday Design Class



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1 unit(s)

Product Description

  • This class is self-paced. If you purchase this class, all of the lessons will become available to you once the purchase has been confirmed.
  • The class includes three card projects and one lesson on printing
  • This class is available at all times.
  • Download the syllabus for this course here Holiday Card Design Class 
  • This class is filmed in Illustrator CS6. It is ideal for CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6, and Cloud.


If you have been dreaming of designing your own cards, this is the class for you! Learn how to turn your Illustrator and Photoshop knowledge into tangible products that you can make for yourself or even sell! Design beautiful Christmas, Halloween, and Easter cards to celebrate these holidays with friends and family! Learn how to manipulate the designs to create several different takes on the same card! This is a versatile class that allows you to develop your eye for design and hone your skills.



This is part of the Design As You Learn Class Series. This means that the course was structured to teach techniques as you complete a finished project that you can actually use. Each Design As You Learn Class is taught as a STAND ALONE class. This means you can take this class by itself or in conjunction with another Design As You Learn Class.You decide! In this course, we design three cards. Each card incorporates several techniques to help you discover multiple ways to design holiday cards. Each card design keys in on a brand-new technique or old technique with a new approach to help your design skills grow.

Because this course is Illustrator-heavy, I recommend you take Illustrator Basics CS6 Course 1 before you take this class.  However, all of the videos are step-by-step so you should not have any difficulty following along if you have not had much Illustrator experience. I do make the assumption that you have had some Illustrator training and we move QUICKLY through the steps.

Course Objectives
+ To be able to use layers to design efficiently 
+ To be able to create a mathmatically proportioned sunburst
+ To be able to use strokes and dashed strokes
+ To be able to clip photos and images into Illustrator
+ To be able to use compound paths
+ To be able to manipulate colors in Photoshop for use in Illustrator
+ To be able to convert and recolor preloaded patterns
+ To be able to build bracket shapes
+ To be able to prepare your files for printing at home, at a commercial printer, or online.

Course Schedule

We cover: dashed lines, mathmatically proportioned sunbursts,
clipping masks, smart layering, and the transform window.

We cover: compound paths, clipping masks, rethinking brushes, 
manipulation of colors in Photoshop for use in Illustrator, 
and warp effects

We cover: converting and recoloring preloaded patterns, 
building a bracket shape, clipping masks, and 
using patterns from the swatch palette.

We cover: how to prepare your cards for home printing
vs. commercial printing vs. online printing


Once you have purchased this course, you will receive a link to a zip download to all the coursework.


Carina Gardner has a Ph.D. in Design from the University of Minnesota. She also taught at the University of Minnesota Typography, Introduction to Graphic Design, Packaging Design, and Design Theory. Carina owns Carina Gardner, Inc, her design firm, and MiniLou, a kids toy company. She is the Creative Director of Carta Bella Paper Company. Carina also designs scrapbooking, home décor, fabric, diecutting, and digital scrapbooking products.

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