I used a black card base then chose pieces that would fit each part. The card is so easy to make. The card base is a piece of card stock cut 5 1/2" x 11" and scored at 3" and 7 1/4". The card stock is folded with the two side panels folded over each other. I chose to have the smaller 3" panel on top. All of top pieces (layers) are cut 1/8" smaller than the measurements of the panel. I like the very small borders -- about 1/16". I think the smaller borders accent the beauty of the paper, especially when the card base is black.
The flowers were made using the Cheery Lynn Designs tea rose dies. I used Soft Sky card stock and sponged the edges with a distress ink.