I started with a piece of watercolor paper and used the ink smooshing technique to apply three colors of distress inks to the background. If you aren't familiar with this technique, it is fairly simple to do. You take a piece of acetate and smoosh your ink pad onto the acetate and then spritz with water. You then smoosh the acetate with the watered down ink onto watercolor paper. By applying ink this way you have more control over where the ink goes and how much it blends between colors as opposed to using a paintbrush to drop in color.
After applying several layers of the colors, I added some water and ink splatters to the background. I then stamped the bird and branch image onto some scrap watercolor paper with Versamark ink and heat set the images with gold embossing powder. I then used the same colors of distress inks to color in the bird and used some brown and green tones for the branch. I used the coordinating thinlit dies to cut both images out.
I stamped the sentiment in Archival Basic Black ink from Stampin Up using my MISTI so I could stamp several times to get a crisp result. I then made an A2 landscape folding card base from watermelon wonder cardstock. I used the Diagonal Stripe background stamp from Stampin Up to stamp the striped pattern onto the watermelon wonder card base in watermelon wonder ink. I then added the watercolor piece onto the card front with some foam adhesive. For a final touch I added a few sequins from Simon Says Stamp.