I stenciled the burlap for my background with Ranger Tea Dye. I cut the "happy birthday" words from the contrasting colors and laid them aside. After I placed the dies on my stenciled piece and cut them out, I pulled the words from the dies but left the little spaces (in the a's, p's, d's, y's and the b) remain in the dies. I taped across the openings in the panel with Scotch tape and laid the words into the open spaces. Then I laid the dies (with the little spaces still in them) on top of the words and pushed them out with a paper piercer. They were exactly over the empty spaced and filled them up quite easily. To make sure my brads would match the colors, I just punched out six circles with a hand-held punch, adhered the circles to the card, and put a little Glossy Accents over top.
I also have another Copic-colored ballerina from Friday's Copic coloring class. I wanted to try to do a darker skin tone on this one.
I found a color combination for black hair, which I really liked -- B41, C5, C7, and 100. I'm going to have to remember that one!