I understand your "so close but yet so far" feeling.
I'd made my sample for the challenge and taken several photos of it so I could choose the best one for uploading...
and realized I had only one solid color cardstock.
So I carefully separated the card base from the rest of the card, added in the black mat, and reassembled the card. Then I had to go through the photography process again.
And it's funny, because between the time I'd first finished the card and the time I realized it needed another solid, I kept having the nagging feeling it was missing something. Duh! LOL
Here's the link to the card:
HYCCT1216 - hoppy kangaroo by PH in VA