I just finished stitching this tonight. The scan really does not do it justice. I don't know what it is about rayon thread, but it does not scan well. The thread has a nice gloss to it and the colors are much richer in real life.
I used a chain stitch for the stem. This is the first time I have chain stitched on paper. I like it, but I don't think it was the right stitch for this pattern. The leaves have two layers of green stitching and are outlined with gold.
I will be posting the pattern and instructions as well as the finished card this weekend IF I get my homework done!