For this card, I layered the vase with the sentiment. I stamped the solid vase with Versamark and embossed with Stampendous garnet embossing powder (a great deep dark red shade). I then used Versamark for the flowers and embossed with Zing Gold embossing powder.
Lastly I added the Mat Stack 1 sentiment and embossed with Zing White embossing powder. As long as you don't heat it for too long, it doesn't bleed at all. What a fun technique, right?
I used a Smokey Shadow card base and added my light grey layer with some foam dots and a little blingy ribbon. Since the card is so dark, the sparkly pink ribbon shows up really well and the light grey layer is more prominent.
When I make dark card bases, instead of making an insert I often use a white gel pen to write my message. It contrasts nicely with the cardstock and is easy to read. What do you do for dark card bases?
Paper: PTI Smokey Shadow, Staples light grey
Stamps: PTI Gracious Vases, Mat Stack 1 collection
Misc: Zing embossing powder - white, gold; Stampendous garnet embossing powder, foam dots; pink sparkly ribbon from stash