The background is my go-to mixed media layer: scrap paper glued onto scrap card. A layer of gesso, embossing through the stencil, sprays, stamping... That's it, always works for me :) The stamps I used are from Rubber Dance.
The sentiment was heat embossed onto vellum and sewed over the card. I sewed all the way around a couple of times, after which I realized the piece was too big for an A6 card and too small (on it's own) for 5x7. I mounted it on purple (or perhaps burgundy) smooth card from DCVW.