Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Vintage Speed

Perception of speed is a relative thing.
To the lethargic sloth, a snail no doubt seems almost manic in it's movements,

while to the swift cheetah, a race horse is probably just out for a lazy stroll!

Our perception of speed has changed over the years as well!  Travelling by bicycle must have seemed speedy transportation to those accustomed to travelling by foot or cart horse.

When the motor car first made its appearance, twelve miles per hour was considered a "reckless speed!" The steam locomotive, meanwhile was reaching speeds only the brave would risk riding - 60 miles per hour!

And now, rockets travel at a minimum of 17,000 mph,  distances undreamed of just a scant 200 years ago. And I just read of a proposed Vacuum Tube Train, which without friction from air restricting it, could travel 4000 to 5000 mph, allowing you to travel from New York to Beijing in a little under 2 hours!  That seems frightening to me, but if it becomes reality, it wouldn't take long for our perceptions to change, I'm sure!

As I considered the sketch this week for The Paper Players Challenge #160, speed was what came to mind first.

But I was not thinking modern speed!  I wanted to use my Timeless Talk stamp set, which I've had for a while now but has not seen any ink!  This was what I came up with:

  • As soon as I saw the diagonal lines on the sketch, I immediately thought of Gorgeous Grunge (again!!)  The scratch lines always make me think of motion lines or speed lines in drawings. 
  • And while I was at it, I added a couple of splatter marks using the same stamp set.
  • I originally used Old Olive for the penny-farthing bicycle, but it needed a bit more "pop" to keep it the focal point, so I inked it up again in Real Red, cut it out and was very happy with that choice of colour.
  • I kept the Old Olive for the speech bubble!

  • The little chevrons are courtesy of the Circle Card Thinlits set which has been working overtime in my Craft Cave of late.
  • The Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine accentuates the diagonal lines.  If we had Real Red I would have used it, but the little accents on the twine are not large enough to create a major colour mismatch.
Thanks for dropping by my blog today!  Go out and enjoy your day, and if you're in your car at some point, don't speed.  Remember, you could have been riding a penny farthing bike or a cart horse and it would have seemed plenty fast!

Stamps:  Timeless Talk (w126605; c126607); Gorgeous Grunge (w130514; c130517)
Paper:  Very Vanilla (101650) and Pool Party (122924) cardstock
Ink:  Classic Stampin' Pads in Real Red (126949), Crushed Curry (131173), Pool Party (126982) and Old Olive (126953)
Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine (123125)
Tools:  Circle Card Thinlits (133480); Paper Snips (103579)
Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set

Timeless Talk Stamp Set
Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine

Circle Card Thinlits

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