I am trying to recreate a logo in Illustrator that I made in Photoshop. I am not very experienced with Illustrator. In Photoshop, I used masking to mask out the shape of the treble clef and outline the text in the paint blob shape so those areas are actually transparent. Here is my image from Photoshop.
However I'm having trouble achieving the same effect in Illustrator. I have my paint blob, text and treble clef shapes. But I can't figure out how to create the transparent areas. Pathfinding is not working - when I create a compound shape I lose the three separate colours and end up with the entire blob in a single shape and colour.
Any ideas for how to go about this? Also, I can't figure out how to expand the text to get the perfect border like I could in Photoshop (in PS I simply selected the text and used Expand Selection).