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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Smile & Wave!

Oh the fun I had with this page!  

The challenge this week at Gingersnap Creations is continuing with machinery and steampunk and is GC111 Trains and Planes.  Dezinaworld are very kindly sponsoring all the July challenges at Gingersnap and my airship image was donated by them.

A few months ago I bought two old volumes entitled 'General Knowledge Illustrated' from a secondhand book shop for £5.  They have lots of black and white image plates in them which I knew would come in useful for loads of projects and this fantastic background image is a prime example.

Once I had found it and decided to use the image of the couple on the 'airship' (can I call it that?!), so many funny conversations came to mind that that hardest part of creating my project was deciding that that couple would be saying to one another!

I studied the faces of my vintage couple.  The man is smoking on his pipe and waving, quite happy with his situation whilst his lady friend is looking rather more concerned at where they are.  By positioning them in a sky filled by a  plane being re-fuelled mid-air seemed the only appropriate course of action!!

I printed my image onto acetate and used an vintage typewriter (another recent purchase) to add the conversation which reads 

But suddenly taking to the sky in his marvellous flying machine seemed a little foolhardy ...

I used an embossing folder for the backing sheet and also for the cogs and I applied silver metallic rub-on to hightlight the texture.

One of my faster projects which I hope brings a smile to your face and encourages you to join us for the challenge. x


  1. Fantastic steampunk card...loved your sentiment too. LOL.take care, gerri

  2. Great take on the challenge! Love it!

  3. Absolutely amazing work. Love this piece its like a fantasy book cover.
    hugs June xxxxx


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