Let's start by making that square with just two rounded corners:
Note: There are several ways to make that shape - I'm just showing you one way that's pretty easy to create.
1. Open a new document in your digital layout program of choice (I'm using Photoshop CC). Give it a white background to make it easier to see what you're doing!
2. Create a new layer.
3. Change your foreground color to Black on the tool palette.
4. Click and hold on the Rectangle Tool and select 'Rounded Rectangle Tool' from the fly-out menu.
5. Edit the Radius to 80 pixels in the rounded rectangle settings located in the tool status bar.
6. Draw a square about two inches wide. Holding down the Shift key while drawing the square will constrain the shape so that it remains a square.
8. Click and hold on the Rounded Rectangle Tool and select 'Rectangle Tool' from the fly-out menu.
9. Draw a square about 1/2 inch wide. Holding down the Shift key while drawing the square will constrain the shape so that it is a perfect square.
11. Use the Move tool to move each of the squares so they line up at two opposing corners. It may be helpful to magnify your view so you can get more precise positioning.
|Position the first square|
|Then position the second square in the opposite corner|
12. Merge the three layers together.
Okay, that's your basic shape or mask - yup, we've created a mask! It wasn't that hard, right? You can duplicate that layer as needed and/or resize it to achieve the look you want. For a refresher on using masks, check out my blog on multi-colored stamping HERE.
Here are a few cards I made with this neat mask shape:
|For this one, I used the mask like a "punch" to remove the shape from each layer.|
Until next time, thanks for stopping by!