Hmmm.. I had trouble with the stem, b/c as soon as I switched it over to b&w it became too dark. I couldnt even differentiate it from the black background, and it looked a bit too weird to lighten the stem... Feel free to play with it if you like; I might mess with the stem again tomorro.
Thanks for the comments! I really appreciate all of your help
Messed some more with the stem today, and I went two routes with this one... one adding a slightly lighter stem that just seems to blend into the background, and also darkening the bottom so that it seems to just fade to black.
i really like it floating, well done for getting that from the original, if i were to change anything it would be to have a little moe texture in the strong highlight but there is still loads of detail in it