I am trying to create a template for a dead card game. My end goal is to generate a vector template that I can use to create new cards for personal use. I've toyed around with using an image trace, but that doesn't work particularly well for gradients.
Ignoring the box in the bottom-right corner (which appears to be a flat shape with an implied shadow surrounding it on the top and left), the border seems to be trying to communicate a metallic border with an inner peak, with some lighting effects. Pragmatically, how would this be implemented in Illustrator? Two shapes, and inner border and an outer border (and possibly a middle track for the peak? Is the "metallic" look just a couple of gradients, or is this a surface with shading effects? If a gradient is applied, what degree rotation is being used, here?