This New Year’s Eve invitation was a lot of fun to create. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to incorporate some silver and gold into the design because you tend to see a lot of that in New Year’s decorations. I settled on blue for the rest of the invite because it was dark enough on a white background to be readable and it was nicely complemented by silver and gold accents.

The accents themselves went through a bit of trial and error, but I eventually decided to go with two common sights at New Years that incorporate gold and silver: golden champagne bubbles and silver disco ball sparkles.

The champagne glasses were easy enough to create, with the biggest difficulty being the actual color of the champagne and bubbles. A realistic color for the champagne proved to be too pale to stand out against the white background and dark blue; so I went with a darker, warm yellow.

The disco ball was a little trickier to make. I knew I wanted silver stars to accent the invitation along with the champagne bubbles, but the actual ball itself seemed hard to simplify into a vector form that still looked like a disco ball. Since I didn’t want to use actual stroke lines to form the disco ball’s grid, I decided to make the ball a two-tone silvery-grey and used the shape of the lighter colored panels to imply the grid texture of the ball’s surface.