Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday Focus : Filigree Metals

Welcome to another Friday Focus, it's Sue here hosting for today and the product under the spotlight are the gorgeous Filigree Metals.

I started this jumbo tag using the Tim Holtz marbled stains technique which you can find on page 46 of the Compendium of Curiosities volume II.

I decided to use shades of blue as I took my inspiration from tag no. 3 of Linda's 12 tags of Christmas.

There are so many gorgeous pieces in the Filigree metals collection and here are just some of them.

Once I'd done the marble technique, which I need more practice at!, I then took 2 of the Filigree snowflakes and pressed embossing ink on to them and covered them with white EP.

The snowflakes transform beautifully once the EP has melted. Just remember as these are metal they will still be hot for a while after you've used the EP, as I found out the hard way ! 

I then stuck white Claudine Hellmuth sticky back canvas to some Grunge Paper and cut the letters to make the word snow using the Wordplay die.

I then used a Dyan Reavely stencil and sponged white acrylic paint over it. This is the first stage in a technique called 'bumping' which I was very fortunate to have learnt at a recent workshop with the uber talented Lin Brown.

The second stage to this technique is to move the stencil slightly and then sponge more acrylic paint in a different colour over the top. What you're left with is a shadow around the second colour. I think you can just about see it on the below photograph.

I also stamped some snowflakes from an Artistic Outpost using white acrylic paint over the whole tag. The wire mesh has also been given the white EP treatment. The deer is cut from white canvas on Grunge Paper and the word is also stamped on the same thing.

Here are a couple more examples of using these gorgeous filigree metals.

The above card used the Filigree metal as a focal point of the card. I've used Crinoline as one of the layers which has been painted with watered down acrylic paint and then stamped with Coffee Archival ink.

The Filigree flower is great as an alternative to fabric or paper flowers and in the example above I've used it as the layer below a metal button.

Be sure to check out the Filigree Metals which, as the featured product, will have 15% off for one week. 


  1. These are all beautiful creations

  2. That tag is prize-worthy! I love all the little details...and the mesh laid across the top is so cool. Your work is right up my alley...I'm going to have to hunt down your blog! Thanks for the wonderful step by step!

  3. Wonderful art!! I love the Your Christmas tag is just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing how you created it.

  4. oh my, this is stunning Sue, luv the stenciling!

    enjoy *~*

  5. Great tags. Love how you put everything together. thanks as always for sharing.

  6. Magnificent creations, love all the fabulous elements and the background textures. Beautiful art works!

  7. Just got some white embossing powders and would never have thought of using them this way! Another stand out step by step Sue. You are always so inspirational. Hugs, Buttons x

  8. Love the Snow tag - thank you for sharing the embossing of the filigree snowflakes & using the canvas on letters - brilliant idea!
    Incredible tag!

  9. Beautiful as always, Sue! Love all texture and layers! Thanks for sharing!

  10. All of these projects are fantastic.

  11. I love your layouts and the intricate features of your designs! They are so delicate and unique.

  12. Love how you created the background on your tag, it looks so cool and wintery. Great idea to emboss the filigree snowflakes, it gives them a slightly modern feel but still vintage (ff that makes sense). All in all, a wonderful tag.

  13. What a gorgeous tag, and great step-by-step... so love the marbled stains technique, and your frosty blues are delicious! Great projects showing off those filigrees below too... thanks for sharing it all!
    Alison x

  14. Fabulous Sue, love all your ideas and techniques.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  15. Sue, it's fantastic! Love your bumping and love your makes! Filigree is one of my favorite design elements!

  16. This is really sensational, Sue. What a gorgeous tag and that bumping technique is way cool - thanks so much for demonstrating the bumping technique. Your tag is beautiful!