Practice your paper-tearing skills by layering two torn patterned papers on the top of your card and overlap a large, fun image in that upper left corner.
This will leave the bottom of the background paper peeking out the bottom. This is a great place for a longer sentiment, or you can let the words on the paper itself be your sentiment.
I started with three patterned papers - no card stock today - each with its own colors and designs. I used the chalkboard as the very back layer, making sure I could read the whole phrase and see the apple in the bottom corner.
Then I tore the paper of the textured red and the large letters to layer on top of that. When you have a background image that you want to see, work from the back to the front. In other words, don't tear the paper until you know how much to tear off.
Then I matted the 3D book image on two layers of coordinating decorator paper and trimmed it to overlap the two torn papers.
For more great inspiration, visit my Etsy shop. You'll find hundreds of handmade Christian cards, journals and paper crafts there, and probably a gift idea or two.