In this case, I actually fussy cut the image out because it was easier for what I wanted to do. I created a distress ink background with a bit of an ombre effect. To spice it up a little more, I used a die that cut out stars and embossed. I put this over a piece of yellow cardstock so the color could peek through the stars.
Once I added this, I trimmed it down a bit so it's a strip that runs across the card base. I added the sentiments on the top and bottom to finish off the card.