Monday, 23 January 2012

Belleek for Mum

 The Technique Challenge  at Splitcoaststampers today is to make a card with the faux porcelain look - Judy (stampingQueenJAR) was inspired by the gorgeous porcelain produced at the Belleek factory when she visited Ireland and Northern Ireland.  Well, since we live only a few hours from the factory, I had to give this a try!  When my parents come to stay from the U.S. my Mom loves to visit the factory and has picked up some beautiful pieces over the years.  Belleek now produces some modern and minimalist lines but my Mom loves the traditional pieces including the ones with flowers and shamrocks.  I created this card for her for Mother's Day, and this Waltzingmouse sentiment seemed perfect - because of it's meaning and because Waltzingmouse stamps are from Northern Ireland!
The technique involves inking up one side of the embossing folder with a color such as Ranger Distress Antique Linen or SU's Crumb Cake.  I went a step further and added several layers of clear embossing powder to give the shiny effect of porcelain.  I also used a few layers of clear embossing on the flourish and flower.  The flower is punched with Martha Stewarts hydrangea punches.
I kept the card clean and simple for the CAS Challenge to use the color combo pink, celery and white...strictly speaking this isn't white, it's off-white!
Supplies include:
Waltzingmouse Roses in Bloom (sentiment)
Craft Concepts Budding Vine embossing folder
Versafine Black Onyx ink
Ranger Distress Antique Linen ink
Martha Stewart hydrangea punches
Cheery Lynn Designs Fanciful Flourish

6 comments:

Bonnie said...

This looks just like porcelain! Just beautiful!

Judy Rozema said...

Just perfect in every way!

Wanda Cullen said...

LOVE the pastel yellow you used...stunning card, Bridget! I just finished a card using this technique and really love it! I won't post it until Saturday, but know I'll use this technique over and over again!

Sandee said...

This is really beautiful Bridget! It does look like porcelain! And I love the sentiment!

Auntie Em said...

This is sooo beautiful! It really does look like porcelain and the glazed flowers and vine dress it so nicely.
Thank you for sharing! :)

Susie said...

Just saw this. I agree with everyone - it does look like porcelain! It's so, so pretty. You did an excellent job of inking the embossing folder. Gosh, it's beautiful. I would never have guessed the rose was out of paper! Love the vine too. I'll bet your mom was thrilled with this card. Lovely, Bridget.