Also on SplitCoastStampers I found a suggestion to do the stamp etching with color. I actually did the illustration in black and then added the color in stripes over it. I used two colors for the flower and two for the leaves.
I pulled colors from the illustration to make up the background, including a black stripe.
When I ran across the stamped sentiment I knew it would be perfect for this card. I then added black dots along the edges of the green background to echo that on the sentiment.
I added a faux stitching line to the illustration and popped the sentiment up on foam tape.