Gold-dipped feathers are all the rage (or they were a few months ago, so I'm totally counting this as on trend).
My feathers are not exactly "dipped" so much as "sponged" because "dipped" looked so very "dippy" (read artificial) to me. But that gorgeous Delicata gold ink shimmers and shines perfectly! Add a few silver half beads, and you've really got something.
The feather punch is from Fiskars, and the faux shaft running down the feather was made with an embossing stylus free-hand.
I want credit for that, too. Because crafting is all about keeping score.
Well, alrighty then.
Speaking of "dippy," my grandfather, David Lee Willis, was the inspiration for this B-24 nose art during WWII.
He was the pilot of this plane, which went down over the Himalayas when it ran out of gas...as many B-24s flying "the Hump" did. Those were some terrifically long missions. Nearly 1,000 men and 600 planes were lost flying the Hump during the China-Burma-India campaign. Years ago, The National Museum of the United States Air Force had an outstanding--and deeply moving--exhibit on the Hump, with photos of all the men lost. I still remember it vividly.
Papa made sure his entire crew got out before he jumped. All the men survived that mission. Papa kept a piece of his parachute. It was the only time he ever jumped out of a plane. He said he didn't want to practice something he could only do once. Smart man.
Guess he wasn't so dippy after all.
stamps: Papertrey Birthday Basics
ink: Delicata golden glitz
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: sponge, dimensionals, embossing stylus, Fiskars feather punch, silver half beads