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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! 


  1. Just love the hint of colors!!

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

  3. Beautiful job designing that perfect doily!

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

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

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

    LOVE. IT.

  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!!

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

  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!! :)

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


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