Next, I took to it with the brayer a second time, using the "Brayer like your life depended on it" technique (thanks for the terminology Linda!).
Gradually darkening the layers of ink to Riding hood red to bring out the embossed image.
The flower is now lighter than the background but still a rainbow of pinks and oranges and red.
I mounted the gloss cardstock on basic black then, prepared the base card by stamping the tres chic background stamp in versamark and clear embossing powder. It creates a great shiny texture ... very satisfying to do and play around with.
The "for you" sentiment is from the Fresh cuts stampset, punched out with the large oval punch and finished with black grosgrain ribbon and a clear rhinestone brad ... loving these little accents at the moment.