Ultimately, I decided to remove the velvet ribbon. I think this simpler version works better for me... so I thought I'd share it with you.I'm happier with this version. It's not an overly detailed card, but I think the central image can lend to a simple card.
To test this theory, I used the same CHF Irises on a simple Arturo notecard.
I stamped the image in Versamark and embossed with black detail. I watercolored the image with my crayons and highlighted with the white gel pen. I sponged light purple ink around the image, the notecard edge and around the sentiment (part of the Birthday Wishes sentiment also from CHF). I kept the purple velvet ribbon on this one... but I think it works.
Thanks for stopping by~