My first step was to heat emboss the bird image onto a watercolor background, to simulate dawn as the beautiful words reference. I used detail black embossing powder. Can I tell you a story about the background? I was stamping with friends a few weeks ago and we were all trying our hand at the watercolor technique. One of the ladies, Carol, was frustrated and thought that hers did not turn out well. She threw it away. Well, being as frugal as I am, I fished it out of the trash can and said, at least some flowers or leaves could be punched from it.
Anyway, it sat on my craft table a few weeks. Part of it had very nice color -- and the faith bird image is not that large -- so I used it! I love how it turned out. And I did use the sections where the color was not as nice to punch the accent leaves! So the moral is, never throw anything away, LOL!
I then used my oval die cut to cut the image. On a quarter sheet of moss green card stock, I used the Darice Leafy Branch embossing folder for more background texture. (Have you seen all embossing folders that Crafter's Companion carries now? They have some amazing square sizes too!) The oval image was adhered to the moss green background, and then on to a black mat, and finally on to a folded A2 cream card base. You may have noticed that I use black mats a lot -- I think they really give great contrast and set off a design.
The final touch was to punch leaves from the watercolored 'discard' paper and arrange them in a gently falling pattern. The hardest part of this card was getting those random falling leaves "just so"! Hope you enjoyed this, and see you next week.