Okay, I had to show off my meager efforts. I played with layers and effects such as stroke and color range, plus worked with the selecting tools.
Here I played with layered effects.
And this is an attempt to do something on a transparent background.
Addenda: Which apparently didn't work so well. I suppose I could've put it on a brown background to match the background here, but I really want to figure out how to make the background not appear at all so the page color comes through. hmmmmm.... Back to the drawing board, I guess.