VERVE Peek: Filigree Fantasy

Today I'm sharing with you a card made with the Filigree Fantasy set that Verve will be releasing this Friday. I'm proud of all my sets, but something about designing this set made me feel like a "real" artist. Yes, I will admit, sometimes I feel like a pretend artist. Having never taken an art class or had any formal training in design, I just sort of wing it each time I sit down to design. I played the clarinet for years, and my band instructor used to get so annoyed with me that I wouldn't tap my toes and count the music. I just played when it felt right and that's kind of my approach to designing.

For my card I wanted an elegant french country feel, so I decided to go with a classic cream, black and soft sky color palette. I first cut a 3" square of black cardstock and placed it with repositionable adhesive in the center of my cream 5.25" square. I then stamped each corner with the flourish. I designed each of the open ended flourishes with a notch in the bottom so they could be lined up with corners, squares or rectangles without masking. Next I took a 2.75" square of cream and stamped the small open square from the set on the diagonal in the center on the top and bottom edges. Next I took a different flourish and stamped it coming out from opposite sides of the two stamped squares. In the center I stamped one of the quotes from the Floral Whimsy set we previewed yesterday.

For the corner accent, I used a stamp I designed to fit within the smallest of the corner punches from the SU! photo corner punch. I stamped it first, then punched out and matted it with the larger black punch. I originally colored the inside of the square and the circle with a Copic marker, but the color looked too different once I added the Soft Sky ribbon, so I paper pieced the inner square in soft sky and then just took a 1/8" circle punch of soft sky and layered it over the circle on the photo corner. The back panel is embossed with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder and then matted with black and Soft Sky. Finished card size is 5.5" square.

If you haven't already, be sure to check out the Verve Blog to see more previews of this set and enter for a chance to win!

24 comments

  1. This is stunning!! These new sets are so fabulous!!

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  2. So beautiful!!
    I love the flourishes!!!

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  3. So gorgeous!! You do design fabulous stamps, this one included! Keep them coming! :-)

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  4. HORRAY for the clarinet!! Played it for 8+ years!! WOW WOW WOW thanks for the sneak peak.....hmm....I may have to take my flourishes set back to J's and get yours instead.....good thing I haven't opened it yet!!

    squirrellyshirley

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  5. Absolutely beautiful!

    Many Blessings,
    M.

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  6. Absolutely beautiful Julee! And as for your comment regarding you being a fake artist because you've had no training? I say you're just a natural born artist just beginning to spread your wings!

    Love these flourishes!

    Linda

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  7. this card is beautiful. I can't wait to see more peeks!!!!

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  8. Wow Julee, GOJUS (yes I read JanTinks blog, lol!) Everything about this card is AMAZING! I love what you did with it!
    I would have never guessed you haven't been formally trained, your art (and stamps) are amazing! w00t!

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  9. Wow! So, so lovely. French country, all the way! And don't change a thing about your design process -- why fix what isn't broken, you know?! Whatever you do, it definitely WORKS!!! : )

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  10. Julee, this is beautiful, great job designing this set. I think you can "officially" consider yourself a certified, grade A artist girlfriend!

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  11. what? not a REAL artist? you need a reality check, my friend!! you are highly qualified in my book! i LOVE this, Julee!! haven't seen anyone use the little diamonds with the set that i recall. a very neat touch!! i made a card last night with a very similar layout (will upload it soon), so it was kind of funny to see this one this morning!!! gmta!!!

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  12. Good golly, good golly, good golly. Good golly. This card is so, so gorgeous! The colours, the design, the stamps all = fantastic job!

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  13. This is gorgeous! I love the embossed background and the flourishes are beautiful! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

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  14. This is so absolutely gorgeous! I love it!!

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  15. Wowzer, beauatiful card! I can't wait to see the whole set!

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  16. Okay, Julee, the thing about the clarinet just cracked me up! I was the one who just played when it felt right too. Just the cool parts. Wonder if that's why I never got first chair?!?!?! :-) Thank goodness there were a lot of others in the band who could play the whole song!! THanks for reminding me of a fun memory!

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  17. WOW Julee, this is just drop dead gorgeous! Love your colours and design..fabulous!

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  18. I am in awe! I LOVE this! I just love how you use flourishes!

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  19. This is absolutely breathtaking! I really love it! TFS...have a great weekend! :)

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  20. This is so amazing! Great colors and overall "feel." I just love how you used the Filigree Fantasy set here.

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  21. This is so ELEGANT! love those diamonds with swirls around the sentiment.

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