I started my card base by inking up the Falling Rain background stamp with Versamark ink and heat embossing it in clear on gray cardstock. I used an ink blending tool along with Black Soot and Hickory Smoke distress inks to blend dark ink down from the top of the card and gradually lightening as it got closer to the bottom. It created this fantastic effect where the raindrops look lighter at the top and darker at the bottom as well. That's the type of effect that I just couldn't predict happening. It's absolutely gorgeous when it catches the light!
On to the rest of the card... I cut a wonky stitched square out of black cardstock and heat embossed my sentiment in white. (I actually cut the stamp because I just wanted the last part of the sentiment. Don't worry, it doesn't hurt the stamp!) I adhered the black piece to a jumbo fishtail banner cut from vellum and then adhered the whole piece to the card base. I thought it looked a little bland, so I cut and colored an umbrella from Abby's Spring Showers to brighten it up a little. I ended up really liking that pop of yellow! I added a few drops of glossy accents to the umbrella to mimic the rain in the background. I just love how this whole piece turned out!