Friday, April 25, 2014

Digital Fun with Geometrics

Recently, Karen wrote a blog about the new collection, Geometrics and some cool cards that she created. I really liked the clean and simple style that Karen used, so I thought it would be fun to recreate that look digitally. And it gave me a chance to make some nifty cards with Geometrics Digital!

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.
7. Create a new layer.

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.
10. Duplicate the layer with the 1/2 inch 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.
I hope you're inspired to try this out for yourself. It's quick, easy and the results are really cool!

Until next time, thanks for stopping by!



  1. Ron what a simple illusion to give those rounded squares that same look!! Genius! And these cards are wonderful, thanks for sharing.

  2. Very cool - love all the cards!

  3. Wow cool, even though I don't digi I love the cards, especially the last one!

  4. Ooh, Ron, I LOVE the middle card . . . I may have to CAS that right back! ;)

    1. Thanks, Karen! I was just playing around with design ideas and came up with this - so simple, but rather striking looking - I'm so gonna do this with paper, too!!! Quick and easy!!

    2. I like these cards - what kit did these greetings come from?

    3. Happy Birthday is from Hydrangeas, Peace is from Cape Cod, and By the Way is from Trees.

  5. Ron
    As you know I don't do digi, but these are great simple card sketches. I am going to use some of my vast stash of POPs to make QUICK cards that look like this!


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