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5.13.2013

First Look: Filigree

Welcome back! I'm especially giddy about today's First Look of Filigree. When we first started Mama Elephant over a year ago, I had minimal knowledge of designing in the digital world. I knew my way around Photoshop, but that's about it. I was overflowing with ideas and most of the time, I passed on the difficult images to Angela to tackle since she's the pro. 

I'm so pleased to unveil Filigree to you. I've always wanted a doily design but always felt my skills were lacking. Well, they say practice makes perfect... :)

Filigree is, in my opinion, is a beautiful balance of complexity and delicateness. We've taken it a step further and made it a two-stepper kind of design. You can keep the inside of the doily hollow for the sentiments, or complete it in the same color or use a different color for added interest. filigree also comes with a matching lacey border! So many possibilities packed into one set!

  • Filigree will be available for purchase on May 15th. 
  • Filigree comes in a 4x6 clear acetate sheet and will retail for $15.00. 
  • Filigree contains 10 stamps - 7 sentiment stamps and 3 images. Approximate measurements: Large doily 3-1/2"; Lace border 3-3/4" x 11/16"

I had purchased distress markers some time ago and absolutely hated it. Hated it. Then I discovered I was doing it all wrong. I found it easier when I was not using the markers directly on my stamped image. Instead, use a piece of acetate or a craft sheet and pick up the colors using a waterbrush. You can control the intensity of the color by watering it down.  It has made a huge difference and now I love them! :) There are lots of YouTube instructional videos on how to use them if you're interested in learning more. 

So, here's my first card after I learned how to use them properly. I stamped the doily twice and stamped the inner in the same color. I wanted a full, complete doily for this design. 

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After I was done with stamping, I colored with the markers, picking up a bit of color here and there. I love the subtle amounts of color.

In my next card I show you the doily without the center. There are a number of sentiments included and they all fit in the hollow of the doily. 

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This card was really easy. Just emboss the image and sentiment in white. A few red touches and I called it complete! :) Nice and simple and the color combo red/white/black is always a classic! 

13 comments:

  1. Just love the hint of colors!!

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  2. Oh that is a BEAUTIFUL image! you've captured the look of fine crochet work perfectly!!

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  3. Beautiful job designing that perfect doily!

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  4. Love these pretty and delicate stamps and how you used them!

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  5. OH MY I'm swooning!! Filigree is a Must have...LOVE the crochet texture and how REAL it looks!

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  6. I agree with Laura Jane. Filigree is going to be a MUST HAVE for me. :)

    LOVE. IT.

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  7. First of all, I'm laughing at your story on distress markers 'cause I had the exact same experience. Now I love them, too! I'm impressed with the way you made the centres a separate stamp. I'm not a doily person at all but you make me want this set!!

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  8. I so want this set! Gorgeous! I use distress inks the same way you use the markers! :)

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  9. Both cards are just gorgeous!! Will be getting this stamp set for sure, just love it! And I have yet to master the distress markers, or any markers for that matter!! :)

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  10. Wow! This image is BEAUTIFUL!!! So much detail!!! Love your cards, too! Soooo pretty!!!

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