A few years ago, I had the opportunity to go to Ireland for eleven days with my daughter and her high school choir. We spent all of our time in the north part of Ireland from Dublin to Galway, and then on up to Northern Ireland and the Belfast area. I wish I had known Bridget, Clare, and Sabrina then!
It was a wonderful trip. One of the highlights for everyone on the trip was the Belleek Pottery
tour. No one knew quite what to expect, but by the time we finished the tour we were all mesmerized and enchanted with what we had seen, and every person with the choir purchased something to bring home.
I was absolutely astounded at the careful, detailed work that is done there. If you are interested, you can see some of the other pictures I took here
Anyway, our challenge today is inspired by that pottery
(Growing up in Arizona, it's really more like china and porcelain than what I think of as "pottery."
We have had a Technique Challenge where we inked up our embossing folders for a negative effect: TLC160 Cuttlebug: The Negative Effect 3/17/08
, and this is similar, but there are some restrictions.
We want our backgrounds to look reminiscent of porcelain or bisque pottery/china, so we will be limited in what colors we can use.
I have also posted some thumbnails of Belleek Pottery I took to inspire you!
1. Use white or ivory cardstock only for your background.
2. Choose an embossing folder that has some negative space
. Ink up the front or top side (usually where the business logo is) with a light neutral dye ink
(you can use pigment, but the result will look different and not as subdued, plus it's harder to clean the embossing folder). Suggested ink colors: Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, and similar colors in other brands. Shadow inks would also work. I used my brayer for even coverage. My sample uses Sahara Sand. No dark or bright colors.
3. Place the white or ivory cardstock on the inside back side of the embossing folder (the non-inked side), close the folder, and emboss using your machine of choice. I used my Cuttlebug.
4. Open the folder, and voila! A nice, subdued, porcelain-look for your background!
5. Try to keep your design focused on the background, even though you will be adding other images and embellishments. In my sample, I stamped my sentiment in Sahara Sand, and kept my lamp image uncolored to not take away from the background.
I was going to make a tutorial for those visual people, like me(!), but then I found this awesome one that Diana Gibbs has done using this same technique HERE
Remember when uploading to use keyword TLC361
You can view the entire TLC361 gallery here.
Have fun!! (And check out their website - the pictures are really neat!)
By the way, the price tag for the third photo I posted was, in 2008, 2190 pounds (about $3500). It was called "Prince of Wales Ice Pail." I didn't buy that.