Hi there stampers and happy Monday to you!  I am excited to say I finally decided on my order from the new annual catalog and hope to get it this week so that I can share all my goodies with you.  I am considering also making a catalog review video so be on the look out for that.

For today’s card I used a stamp set I have had for a while but also carried over to the new catalog called Barnyard Babies.  I just love all the sweet little critters in this set and wanted to create a watercolor background using all the different images.  

I first stamped all the animal images using Archival Basic Black ink all over a piece of watercolor paper.  I then filled in the black spaces with the smaller images – the ribbon, chick, and the shooting star like image.  I am not really sure what that is supposed to be but used it as a filler anyway.  
After stamping all the images, I pulled out my distress inks and got to watercoloring.  I started by coloring in all the animals first with a variety of distress ink colors.  I applied the ink directly to the animal images using a paint brush instead of applying water to the image first.  I added more ink after the initial wash of color was laid down to give a few shadows on some of the animals.  
I then colored the entire background with very watered down salty ocean ink.  I then added some black ink spatters using my irRESISTible tuxedo black texture spray.  I cut down the watercolored piece and layered this onto an A2 card base made from basic black cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set onto some basic black cardstock using Versamark ink and heat set this with white embossing powder.  I cut the sentiment into a banner and adhered that onto the card front using foam adhesive.  I thought about adding sequins but kept the card simple with the focus being on the watercolored animals.
I can’t wait to get my new toys from Stampin Up so that I can create with all the amazing new projects.  The new fox builder punch is adorable and I want to see how many different animals I can make with it.  

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