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Invitation Design Class



Maximum Purchase:

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 Invitation 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 invitations, 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 birthday, party, and baby shower invites to celebrate these occasions with friends and family! Learn new techniques to get your creative juices flowing! 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 and theory 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 invitations. Each card incorporates several techniques to help you discover multiple ways to design invitations. Each invitation design keys in on a technique (or several technqiues) 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 three different types of invitations
+ To be able to use layers to design efficiently 
+ To be able to change your keyboard increments
+ To be able to use clipping masks 
+ To be able to use the preloaded patterns
+ To be able to use compound masks 
+ To be able to use create brushes and manipulate the results
+ To be able to use the width tool
+ To be able to use the warp effects on type

Course Schedule

We cover: keyboard increments, using preloaded patterns, adding transparencies, clipping masks, and the pen tool

We cover: compound paths, brushes, clipping masks, warp effects, and layers

We cover: the width tool, reworking an invitaiton to get multiple looks, and using silhouettes from clipart


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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