Putdowns step-by-step: girl line
I never merge the line layer with the color layer. Never! Even if the line will be the same color as the color layer underneath. I just never do it. I've learned my lesson throughout all the years I've done this.
As you can see, I ended up adding a pinecone in the girl's hand (I drew and scanned this hand with pinecone separately) after re-reading the story and realizing that the girl ended up throwing a pinecone at the main character while she was climbing up the playhouse.