Thursday, 1 April 2021

Now what? - Arthur is sitting on suitcases and frowning

Now what? That's the question Arthur is struggling with right now. But don't worry, Arthur is a wise owl, he can figure out the answer. 

I have made this card for our current challenge over at the Country View Challenges. The theme is The birds and the bees and the lovely Sue will be your hostess in April.

For making this card, first I cut out the pieces of Arthur, then I started to paint the parts with Distress Pumice Stone paint. To the edges I blended Vintage Photo Archival ink. 

Then I added a little brown (Gathered Twigs) for the pieces I had to glue on the top. For edges of these pieces, I used Ground Espresso Archival ink. 

Then I spattered Arthur with Walnut Stain paint.

His eyes got Mowed Lawn colour, his beak Carved Pumpkin with a little brown. Here you can see all the paints and inks I used for colouring Mr. Cuteness.

For the background I took a watercolour paper and started to blend Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn ink. Then I made patterns on the paper with a stencil and Mowed Lawn Oxide ink. I spattered the background with Vintage Photo Spray Stain and inked the edges with Gathered Twigs.

Since I found the background too bold, I toned back the colour with diluted Picket Fence paint.

The suitcases were made earlier, you can see that post here.

What I used:

Sizzix Thinlits die, Colorize Arthur (664730)

Sizzix Thinlits die, The Gent (665202)

Sizzix Thinlits die, Alphanumeric Classic Upper (664223)

Sizzix Bigz die, Baggage Claim (664439)

Stampers Anonymous layering stencil, Linen (THS061)

Ranger Distress paints (Carved Pumpkin, Gathered Twigs, Mowed Lawn, Pumice Stone, Walnut Stain)

Ranger Distress ink pads (Gathered Twigs, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron)

Ranger Distress Oxide ink pads (Mowed Lawn)

Ranger Distress Archival ink pads (Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso)

If you have a project with birds or bees (or both), please don't hesitate to join our April challenge where a randomly selected winner can have a £20 voucher to spend in the Country View Crafts online shop.


  1. Arthur is fabulous ! Great card ! Have a lovely April, Monika ! xx

  2. Cool make Monika - I love Arthur! Hugs Rachel xx

  3. This is wonderful Monika, you are the queen of everything Tim Holtz! Take care and have a very happy Easter, Sue xx

  4. Wow, what a fabulous card! Arthur is one of my favourite Thinlits and you created him so beautifully, I love the colours and the addition of the hat and monocle - perfect 😀. Thanks so much for the inspiration and Happy April! Hugs, Jo

  5. The owl is so funny... I imagine he's been stuck at the airport when the country Arthur was travelling to was added to the Covid "red list"! Love how you coloured it Monika! Happy Easter x

  6. Such a cool, fun card Monika. Love it! Happy April, hugs xx

  7. It's great! Thanks for sharing this art process :)

  8. Fabulous card - I love this funky owl.

  9. Arthur makes me smile everytime I see him, what a character he is. You've created a fab and fun creation Monika we all know he's smiling and happy on the inside. I love it!!
    Creative wishes Tracey x

  10. Fabulous card, dear Monika! Love Mr. Arthur, he looks so fun!
    Happy April.
    Evelyn xxx

  11. That is so cute, I love it. Hugs Debs xx


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