The other preparatory steps were to do some basic paper casting. Super easy and a great way of adding texture that's lightweight to any project. Grab these supplies:
Stamping using paint is easy enough but application is key. I found it easiest using a foam applicator (some inexpensive makeup sponges) and pouncing gently onto the stamp. A good even coat and an even pressure onto the fabric will give great results.
I found incorporating the paper cast flowers really challenging. I needed some colour to contrast them against but equally they seemed too plain to not add colour to them too. I dry brushed some of the colours, carefully blending those that would mix to nice new colours and then added some Stardust in the opposite direction, having a tartan style in my head. The grey knocked back the 'brights' a little too. Adding black embossing powder helped with the textural combination.