Here’s the 2nd in my series of Beginner’s Basic Design tutorials.
Today I’m showing how to make a Quatrefoil design using the drawing tools in the Silhouette Studio Software. There’s lots of possibilities – once you’ve made the basic solid shape you can adapt it to make it longer, shorter or wider by varying the shapes you draw, as well as turning it into a frame or nesting it with smaller shapes of the same design.
Quatrefoil shapes are versatile, use them in paper craft & scrap booking projects as tags, labels, frames or in card making as overlays or decorative elements, or cut them from Vinyl or HTV as stickers, labels and decoration. It’s a lovely shape to pop a monogram in too.
- Select the Rounded Rectangle Tool, hold down shift on your keyboard and Draw a square. Slide the little red dots at the corner of the shape to adjust the roundness of the shape’s corners.
- Select the Rectangle Tool, hold down Shift and draw a square roughly the same size as the rounded square.
- Select both shapes and click on the align Tool and select Centre. Select just the rounded Square, click on the rotate tool and rotate 45 degrees.
- Now, with both shapes selected click on the Modify Tool and select weld. (or you can select both shapes and Right click and select Weld)
- To make a frame use the internal offset tool to make a smaller shape inside the original, select both shapes, right click and Make into a compound path.
- Now you have the basic shape you can Resize, fill with colour, rotate, add a hole to make a tag or Offset to make a contrast background.
- In this tute I’ve used even sized squares but if you experiment with different sizes of rectangles (don’t hold down shift!) you can get some different effects.
Hope this comes in handy….This coming Friday, I’ll be sharing an overlay pattern I’ve made with my Quatrefoil Shapes.