This was my original sketch (click on photos for larger image):
My son got a hold of it which is why it's all mangled. He just loves playing with paper but what nine-month-old doesn't? Heehee! I have BLOpen (remember those?!) marks all over it from the test strip. I completely forgot I had a cobble background stamp and was going to use this strip that looked like a sidewalk or gravel road. I also thought about going with the plain cardstock as the road as storyboarded here.
Then I worked on the placement of the trees which was difficult. Both scenarios looked good. Eventually I decided I liked them better all grouped together since the lone one would've been too close to the sun and also Lily's head. I just love how you can see the tree branches through the rice paper.
The last thing I did was use an exacto knife to cut out the white section between Lily & Billy's heads to show more of the hills in the background. It was scary because it required so much precision and control. One slip and I would've had to restamp and recolour the focal image! I was in luck and thankfully not my usual clumsy self. I don't think I'll ever use or give away this card because I love it so much!
Here's the final result:And some closeups:
Sources: DCWV (striped square), SBD (card), Staples (trees) and Halcraft cardstock (all white areas); Provo Craft paper; random Japanese rice paper (greenery on trees); Pink Cat Studio Lily & Billy Sweetheart stamp; Memories Black ink; Copic markers; sentiment of an unknown brand; SU! Taken With Teal ink; McGill square punch; Chapel Road Artstamps cobble background stamp; McGill circle punches; Kane wavy scissors; Marvy Uchida tree punch; random Japanese rice paper; Martha Stewart picket fence edge punch; Versafine Archival Smokey Gray instant dry pigment ink