Thursday, 22 September 2011

Icarus and Brunel - it's steampunk time again!

Icarus and Brunel, a bit of a weird combination you might think, but not if its steampunk!

"Flying High"

For anyone who doesn't know, Icarus flew too close to the Sun. The heat melted the wax holding the feathers to his wings and he fell to Earth. OK, so "binocular man" isn't exactly Icarus, but you get the idea :) These feathers were kindly donated by our Road Island Red hens (hubby wants me to make it clear I collected them from the nest boxes after they were moulted and don't go around chasing the hens to pluck their feathers out!!).

"Baby Icarus"

I thought some baby "Icari" might be fun :) As usual, the free images are from the Graphics Fairy. They were sized, cut and layered. Any colouring was with promarkers to match the dress fabric.

"Adage ticket"

Just had to use an adage ticket, attached with a gold safety pin, in keeping with the Tim Holtz dress form & background paper.

What about Brunel??


Well, he isn't exactly Brunel, but I do think that the top hat man from this Creative Expressions stamp set makes a good Railway Engineer. The stamping and masking was done onto a page about Railways from an old Almanac.

"Gear embellishments"

These gear embellishments were made from shrink plastic, die-cut from Sizzix' Tim Holtz' Gadget Gears die, coloured with gold promarker, shrunk, then heat embossed with Cosmic Shimmer gold embossing powder. I purposefully left some areas without too much ink so the gears took on a more "used" appearance.

Entered for the Simon Says Stamp challenge


  1. Love, Love, Love, these Maddy. I was going to get Icarus tattooed over my scar on my back but it would have covered way too much of my back so I went for something else, heehee. Ohhhh, giving away my secrets. I got it done last year....what a rebel! Really love these, I will have to get that stamp set. Lee x

  2. Fabulous cards, so creative! x

  3. Super FUN cards!! Love them both!! Fabulous! Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!


  4. Very clever cards! Just leapblogging by, have a lovely weekend :-) Elaine-xxx-

  5. Super cards - I'm from NI too -Portadown

  6. Just hopping in on the leapblog to see your great cards. xx Jill B

  7. I'm just on a wander from the DC Blog Hop... Your cards are very unusual and very fascinating.. I love altered art but never really have the courage to give it a go! You may have just inspired me!
    Christine x

  8. Fabulous Steampunk card. Love all the images. Debs xx

  9. I do like this style. Love the cards. xx

  10. Fantastic card, brilliant design and composition. I have had a wander round your blog and I think I have been inspired. Thank you.

  11. What a great idea to use a page about railways for the background - fabulous!


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