Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Belleek Pottery Technique

Today I noticed so many beautiful cards over at the Splitcoast gallery and they all had 1 thing in common-they were made using this week's Technique Lover Challenge(TLC361) technique- creating a card that looks like Belleek Pottery from Ireland.  I had not done a Technique Challenge before, but decided to give this one a try.  I combined it with the challenge over at Stampin' Sisters in Christ, which is to have a heart/hearts be the focus of the card AND I combined it with the MOJO Monday sketch challenge over at Verve.  Phew!  I have not combined multiple challenges before and it was just that- a challenge!
I really liked this technique-I inked the negative image of an embossing folder with Crumb Cake ink(we were required to use a subtle color to resemble pottery).  I then punched out embossed/Belleek squares and cut out fleur de lis rectangles with a spellbinder.  The hearts were punched with a Stampin' Up punch and inked with Chocolate Chip ink, followed by Regal Rose ink.  I added them to the squares and then re-embossed them.  The "With Love" square was stamped with the sentiment at the time the heart was added.  The rectangles and squares were popped up on dimensionals, adhesive pearls were added to the "With Love" square, and organza ribbon and SU Crumb Cake seam binding finished off the card.  I think I like how this turned out, although this may be version 1 of 2 versions!

Thanks for looking!  Constructive criticism is definitely welcome on this challenging card!!

Update-There IS a Version 2
Just by adding flowers, I think the look of this card changed significantly-for the better. What do you think?


  1. Thanks for explaining this technique so clearly. I saw the results on another blog, but the description left me wondering just how it was accomplished. I think it's very elegant.

  2. Lee Ann, I love this card. This technique is wonderful and your card is beautiful! Thank you for the nice comment on my blog.You ask about the vintage bicycle on my card and it was a free SVG cut out on my Cricut. If you want the link I will try to find it for you. TFS

  3. Hello Lee Ann - this is stunning - I love that technique and am going to have to check it out - a gorgeous card, so soft and elegant! Thank you for playing along with us at the Stampin' Sisters on Christ Challenge this week - we love to see you and see your beautiful work! {{{hugs}}}
    Linda SSIC Design Team

  4. Lee Ann, what a gorgeous card! I love your embossing technique! Way to go on the challenge combo! Blessings, Angie

  5. Hi LeeAnn: Your card is just gorgeous! I really love it, and wanted to let you know about Word Art Wednesday - the sister site to Stampin' Sisters in Christ. We would really love to have you join in our challenge and play along. Your work is great, and we'd be blessed to have you with us.
    Hope to see you soon!
    Karen L - Social Media Coordinator


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