I began with a piece of 140# water color paper. I use this type of paper quite often since I'm going to soak it with inks and distress it in other ways so I need a piece of paper that can stand up to this kind of treatment without falling apart. I cut the paper to measure 5" by 7" so it will fit on the face of a blank white card. I stamped my image, a Stampers Anonymous post card stamp, with embossing ink and followed it with Detail White embossing powder. Then I watched the powder melt under the heat of my heat gun.
I stamped Pondering Petunia on a separate piece of lovely (translates "pricey") Hot Press Finish 140# water color paper using StazOn Jet Black ink. I stamped the word phrase from Dyan's Dylusions "Say It How It Is" on the same sheet of water color paper and then trimmed them out.
I wanted to give her funky hair so I turned the octopus from Dyan's "Under the Sea" collection upside down, stamped it and then trimmed off the part that didn't fit on her head. Since I had such lovely paper to work on I decided to use my DERWENT watercolour pencils. They don't get out to play near often enough and they were perfect for this little lady; the colors stayed very intense.
I used the pencils to color the word phrase, too, and then cut it into sections to break it up and spread it out on the page. I glued everything in place with a strong adhesive, Beacon 3-in-1 works well for me when using heavy papers.
After I inked the edges of the panel with Jet Black ink I adhered it to a blank white 5" by 7" card.