Saturday, February 1, 2014

One-Layer Simplicity #2: Can You Repeat That?

February's One-Layer Simplicity Challenge is hosted by the Master of Sponge-and-Masking, Heather Telford! Her sample card is simply amazing, so click on over and check it out.

The challenge focuses on a key design element: repetition. There are so many ways to use repetition in designs to add interest and movement and balance! I know y'all will have fun playing with this design concept, so get stamping!

I often focus on very, very tight, orderly repetition...grids and rows...because I'm so very, um, tidy. Yeah, I like that word better than some others that pop to mind. Anyway, today, I have a card that is very tidy but also has lots of movement. My design repeats a leaf from Papertrey's Ruby Reprise to create a single large flower in happy citrus shades.

Notice how the stamp itself--with its three thick and three thin curves--creates a sense of movement in a very static design. Also, the sentiment slightly overlaps the flower without committing the sin of trapped white space. This has the effect of stopping the eye's movement and drawing attention to a rather small sentiment. I really like the tension created by the "movement" of the flower and the stasis of the black rhinestone and sentiment.

I hope you do, too!

Now click on over to the One-Layer Simplicity Challenge blog, and put on your thinking caps! Let's see how you use repetition to make some one-layer awesomeness!!!

stamps: Papertrey Ruby Reprise, Birthday Basics
ink: VersaColor
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: black rhinestone


  1. Lovely and zesty, Susan ... love the movement ... I'm imagining it swirling as a paper windmill might! Anita :)

  2. The swirl in the leaves definitely conveys movement. It's subtle, but there. This is a brilliant design. I continue to marvel at your cards, Susan.

  3. I Love how you adapted a leaf into a petal print! You are so creative! Thanks for continually sharing your ideas here!

  4. Love this card, great colors, too!

  5. Lovely bright cheerful card and perfect repetitions :)

  6. Susan, I just love this bright flower! Gorgeous design! :-)

  7. It is really quite surprising how much movement you have created with those repeated leaves. Cool patterns where they overlap too.

    Thanks for being awesome and inspiring us all!
    Heather T


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