In the end I used one of the little leafy things in one of my new Hero Arts sets - Truly Appreciated.
I used my simple masking trick to create the two strips above and below the sentiment and coloured them with Prismacolor pencils. I stamped the sentiment before colouring the leaves as I didn't want to spend ages colouring something that would end up in the scrap heap due to a crooked sentiment.
I was trolling through some of the blogs I subscribe to when I chanced upon CAStastic challenges. The challenge this week is to use the sentiment as the main focus of the card. It was fate!
Size of card: 4" square
Card/paper - Quill white cardstock, scrap paper (for masking)
Stamps - Hero Arts "Truly Appreciated" (CL380)
Ink - Versafine "Black Onyx"
Extras - Prismacolor pencils in "Limepeel", "Apple Green" and "Pink"
Tools - Fiskars paper trimmer, Marbig poster tack (repositionable)
Challenges: OLW#7 and CWC006
Thanks for looking!
Edited to add: This card got into the top 5 for this week's CAS-tastic challenge!