I didn't have printing ink in white to lighten up the very intense magenta, so I used white acrylic, and it worked! This is the first printing using the soft cut plate--I almost didn't want to cut into the plate anymore, but I'm glad I did.
Here are the prints after the second cut, I can still use the plate if I want just an outline of the rose--as seen on the left, (the white test paper)---my mat board is on the right.
This reminds me of...what? of Old fashion adds in Mademoiselle magazines?
I'm Ready to frame.
This is very close to what I was looking for--the actual framing is another thing! This is a thrift store frame--came with scratched up plexiglass--needed gold spray paint and new thin glass, and a way of putting it together so it wouldn't be too heavy for the delicate metal edging.