The two easiest and most effective principles of design – in my humble opinion – are repetition and unity. You don’t have to have a working knowledge of design to know that “repetition” means repeating things, and “unity” means grouping things by theme or idea.
In this card I used a few different types of repetition. The simplest was choosing a background paper with a flower pattern and a card with a scallop at the bottom – both of these provided me with repetition that I didn’t have to create myself. I took inspiration from the polk-a-dotted lining in the envelope and decided to carry on using rounded shapes in my design. I die cut and punched my papers with circles and scallops, which tied back to the dots and the card’s decorative edge. And finally, since my round sentiment sticker already had a dotted border I decided to repeat that detail around the larger circle with a marker to unite my two main embellishments. This card came together very quickly because my main focus was on creating repetition and unity in my design.
Supplies | Card Base & Envelope: Doodlebug Design. Cardstock: Core’dinations (Yellow Glitter, Green), The Paper Company (White). Patterned Paper: Doodlebug Design. Stickers: Doodlebug Design (flower), SRM Stickers (sentiment). Pearls: Doodlebug Design. Twine (Hemptique). Marker: Pentel (Black).
Designer: Britt Bass
Britt Bass has been papercrafting since the age of ten when she was given her first scrapbook for Christmas, 1995. Her love of cardmaking is only a few years old, but she has taken to the craft with passion and enthusiasm. She loves many different styles and is particularly partial to tools of every shape, size, and function. She currently serves as a design team member for DCWV, Hampton Art, Craftwork Cards (USA), and Heartstring Designs and her work can be seen in the pages of several issues of Designed to Color. Britt is a crafty social media junky with active, craft dedicated pages on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. If you want to see more of Britt’s work, she posts card inspiration and design team projects on her blog, Pink Paper Crowns.