First, I stitched a couple of rows of cross stitches, doing half the stitch across the row and then reversing to finish each of the cross stitches. The different colors in the thread made that a busy pattern with no discernable colors. I pulled out those two rows and stitched a complete cross stitch before moving on to the next one. I like the way the colors have a random appearance but enough of the same color is together to make each one more effective.
Card: 4 ½ x 5 ¾ inches Gina K. Designs Turquoise Sea (card base)
Background: Paper Smooches Cross Stitch die DMC Coton Perlé Color Variations, size 5, #4030, Monets Garden
Focal Image: Rubbernecker Flower #7 die Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110-lb. cardstock (two layers)