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Invite cards for a sermon series on marriage. Printed on 16 pt business cards, with gold foil, spot gloss, and a silk finish. They wanted something small like a business card to hand out in the community. The look and feel were to be classy, and reminiscent of a wedding invitation.

Sermon Series Card Design

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Invite cards for “The I Do List” sermon series at LifePoint Church.

Business card size (3.5×2″)
Round corners
Spot gloss
Gold foil

Spotlight: Ghost (the Holy Spirit)

PFB: Ghost - final

CLIENT: Pomona First Baptist Church

This graphic was for their “Flood” college ministry. They did a series on the Holy Spirit (Ghost), called “Ghost”.

I wanted to play with the idea of exploring something completely different graphically to represent the Holy Spirit. Usually, the symbol is a dove, but I wanted to break out of the norm for this. The series was created to present a different side of the subject, so the art should do the same. I loved the idea of going a little bit toward the supernatural-ghost-horror flick type of graphic. I started with three ideas. Here are the three initials I sent over:


PFB: Ghost – Concept #1
My first thought was to use an image I had of an old church and make it look sort-of haunted.

PFB: Ghost – Concept #2
For something completely different, I also used this stock image of smoke with simple text. There is something mysterious about just the smoke and the empty space. [This was rejected for looking too much like cigarette smoke, which I believe that picture is…] But they liked the concept of the empty-ness with a bit of smoke or something.

PFB: Ghost – Concept #3
This was another variation of #1. I used two of my own stock photos, the church and the foggy plain, and added some smoke and subtle text. I love this concept and might reuse it for something else.

Here is the final result. They had really liked the font from #1, but it didn’t work on the black background, so we kept this one. I added a bit of the smoke to the text instead of having it to the side. The green tint adds a bit of a supernatural/mysterious look. They were really happy with the final concept, and so was I.

What do you think? How did it turn out?

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Gospel of Mark graphic


So, in my Youth Ministry, LIT Youth, we are going through the Gospel of Mark. I made this graphic for the series and for the podcast album cover.


Sex Drugs and Rock n Roll


This is another flyer done for my youth group. It’s for a series on purity, and we focused on purity in music and lyrics, drugs and alcohol, and sex and relationships. I say all of that to share the thoughts behind the design.

Knowing that this was the point allowed me to create the shocking title graphic (I say shocking because the church never talks about this stuff, so it can freak people out to have church flyers that say “sex”real big). To help illustrate the true theme of the series, I used the typography trick of having everything say purity and just overlaying the colored layers of the larger text. So, just like the messages in the sermons themselves, purity is running through the whole thing.

If you would like to do a similar series at your church or youth group, feel free to download the file: Click here for the PSD file, or here for the jpeg.  Do me a favor and let me know if you use them. I’d love to know about what you’re up to and how you’ve been able to use it!

If you would like to learn how to create your own version using this style, read below for my process and tutorial.




This image was built in Adobe Photoshop CS4.

I’m sure there are multiple ways of attacking this sort of design, but I chose to use clipping masks.

I started by making the gray text box that says “purity” over and over. I made the text box a little larger than my artboard, so I would have room to move it if needed. copy and paste goes a long way with something like this. And to get an even edge at all times, you have to use “justified” paragraph alignment.

Once I had my background text, I made my “big” words. I made each line a separate layer to make things as easy as possible. What I didn’t do was color my text. That comes in a bit.

So, next I copied the small “purity” text layer. And put it above the “sex” layer. Holding down ‘alt’ and clicking the mouse between the two layers creates a clipping mask. (You should see a different pointer logo that has a left-pointing arrow and two overlapping circles.) You can also right-click on the top layer, and select “create clipping mask”. For the moment, all that happens visually is that the word SEX will disappear. So I select the masked layer of “purity” and change the text color from dark grey to white.  Now I have the word SEX made out of a bunch of little white purity words.

I repeat the process with each line, alternating red and white for the layers, and that’s it. Make sure not to move the purity layers around when you do this or things won’t line up properly.

Feel free to share any links to your examples of this same or a similar process, I’d love to see your work!

Have you already done something like this? Was your process different?