Hi there stampers!  For today’s card I am using the ink smooshing technique along with a new bundle from the 2016-2017 SU Annual Catalog called Weather Together.  This set has adorable umbrellas with all kinds of different options to decorate them along with matching dies.  There are different rain drop options from normal rain drops to heart rain drops.  So cute!

I stared with a piece of watercolor paper and a scrap piece of acetate.  I actually used the backing sheet to the stamp set for this technique.  I used distress inks for the coloring and smooshing in the following colors: cracked pistachio, mustard seed, and abandoned coral.  For the technique, you just smoosh your ink pad directly onto the acetate sheet, add a squirt or two of water, and then smoosh the ink onto the watercolor paper.  This technique allows more control over the color as opposed to creating a wash background.  I did this using all three colors allowing them to blend together between colors.  I dried this completely and then added another layer of color using the same technique.  After the second layer dried, I applied some ink splatters using a paint brush in the same three ink colors.
Next I stamped the umbrellas and umbrella handles onto some watercolor paper with Versamark ink and heat set those images with white embossing powder.  I used the same distress inks to color the images and then cut them out using the coordinating framelits called Umbrella Weather.  I adhered the umbrellas to the card front using some foam adhesive.  I then used the same framlit set to cut out two clouds from vellum and then the heart shaped rain drops.  I adhered those to the card front using Ranger Multi Matte Medium and that worked out great because you can’t see it behind the vellum.  I stamped the sentiment from the Weather Together stamp set in Archival Basic Black ink.  The entire card front was adhered to a landscape fold A2 card base made from crumb cake.  
This was my second attempt at creating this card.  I attempted to do a ink blended background and it just didn’t give me the look I was going for.  I am still not sure I am loving this card…what do you think?

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