Friday, August 02, 2013

Belleek Christmas Ornament

Hi everyone.  Today's card is very CAS ... but it has the added texture from the Belleek technique ... and by leaving it very CAS, the Belleek ornament really stands out.  Here's how to do this technique ... you ink the inside of an embossing folder with a very light color, place white card stock into the folder and then run it through your machine (in my case, Big Shot).  The ink transfers onto the back of the design, and the raised portion remains white ... love this technique and don't use it enough!!  I believe it is also called Faux Letterpress ... but the Belleek version is special in that you use very light colors so that it looks like china.

This card is for a few challenges.  First, this week the Queen for the Day challenge is the card-makers choice ... to CASE (copy and share everything) from a previous Queen with the Initials J - L.  I choose to honor Charlene Merrick (LilLuvsStampin on SCS).  I met Charlene while on the CAS design team at SCS back in 2011.  She is so talented and I love her style of cards.  Here's the card that inspired me today.  I made it even more CAS than Charlene's version by leaving off the frame.

This card is also for two more of the Dare To Get Dirty Challenges from this week (DTGD13Kittie747B - Belleek; and DTGD13bfinlay - CAS green).

Here's a close-up:

Stamps:  Handy Christmas Greetings (Amy R); Tree Trimmings (SU!)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Whisper White (SU!)
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz (SU!); silver
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Musical Flourish embossing folder (Cuttlebug), Rubber Brayer (Speedball), Ornament punch (SU!), Stamp-a-ma-jig, adhesives, glue and dimensionals

I punched out three layers of the ornament (one with Belleek technique, two plain white) and glued them together to form a thick embellishment for the card.

There are lots more former QFTD that I'd like to honor ... so hopefully you'll be seeing many more cards from me in the next while that are inspired by some of the very talented crafters from SCS.


Bonnie said...

Another keepsake ornament! This card is perfectly CAS! Love it! I love this technique, but have trouble getting the paper to ink evenly! Punching ornaments will be a good way to use the botched pieces.

Barb Ghig said...

Gorgeous card! Thanks for the reminder about this technique...your ornament looks so elegant!

MaryH said...

Spectacularly lovely. I didn't know this was called Belleek technique. It is so elegant, whomever receives it will keep as a treasured keepsake. TFS & turning me on to yet another fab technique! I learn so much here (and at Bonnie's too!)

Unknown said...

Pretty card Loll, I love this technique, especially with pastel colors. But I love how this looks too, wonderfully done!!
Hope all is well with you, been quiet on my end, have not been doing much in my crafting room, hope to get back to it maybe tomorrow some.
Take care,

Danielle Vincent said...

I love this technique Loll. Your card is very elegant. Might just have to CASE you soon :o) Hope all is well. D

Karen M said...

I love this beautiful card - simple yet so stunning! hugs xx

shirley-bee said...

This is so elegant, Loll! When I finally get round to making Christmas cards (probably November!) I'm determined to make some with this technique.

Unknown said...

This is gorgeous Loll. I love this technique and it really does look like Belleek china.

Karen x

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous Belleck ornament card Loll. TFS and reminding us of that beautiful technique.

Jacynthe said...

Perfect sentiment with this punched ornament! Thanks for sharing!!!

Darnell said...

Wow, Lolly, just when I think you cannot amaze me any more, you come up with something like this! OMG, I am so in love with this! Thank you with big kisses for sharing the how-to!! xxoo Dolly

Susie said...

Okay, this was sheer genius! I can't believe it ~ what a smashing idea to use a little Belleek on the Christmas ornament. That is just pure artistic genius in my humble opinion. I sometimes think we ladies try to over think things. We need to un-clutter our minds (she smiles). This is a fabulous Christmas card done in CAS fashion as only you can. Thank you.

Susie ~