Then I inked up my background stamp with a good layer of ink.
Lined it up with the edge of my guide (masked), and applied even pressure, rubbing the stamp back and forth without picking it up off the paper.
Now this is what my card looks like. You'll note that the background image doesn't go all the way to the bottom of the card, but that's fine since there will be a layer of patterned paper covering that section.
Here is the front of the card with the pattern paper in place
Next I stamped my sentiment and punched it out. I then inked the edges with the same color ink that I used to stamp my background.
Here is the completed inked sentiment.