Happy, Happy Birthday Card Challenge: No. 7

The designer who created the No. 7 design on the Happy, Happy Birthday Card Challenge Countdown is quickly becoming a familiar name. Since entering in her first design challenge in February 2010, Ann Gardner has established a reputation as a versatile and talented illustrator with a penchant for creating handsome designs that encompass a broad range of styles – from bold and typographic to illustrative. Her design, The Manly Type, takes home the 7th Place prize of $100.

Ann referenced vintage cigar labels in the layout and typography of this design.  Keeping her potential customer in mind, Ann prominently incorporated the name of the recipient to make customization simple. The design’s discreet flourishes and message to “have some cake” add humor and whimsy, meanwhile maintaining the elegance of the overall design. Congrats Ann!

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  1. Maria Estigoy

    Yay Ann! Congrats. Loved how you pulled all those colors together.

  2. Hailey M.

    hooray! Love this one. Congrats!

  3. Meg G.

    yay ann! this was one of my faves!

  4. Yolanda

    Congratulations Ann… beautiful design 🙂

  5. Anng

    Thanks, y’all! I’m honored to be in such talented company!

  6. Paige

    Congratulations Ann! Well done!

  7. Brooke

    Congrats, Ann!

  8. Sydney

    Yay, Ann!!

  9. sharon/crimsonlane

    Congratulations Ann! This is a really nice card!

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