Here's another card featuring a background technique from the current Technique Junkies newsletter called Pearlized Gesso. The crosshatch pattern is shimmery in real life (what looks like yellow is actually gole) and yet is subtle enough not to scream "BLIIIING!!" The card is actually more muted in person.
For the main image panel, I inked the pear stamp (Hampton Art Stamps) with mustard ink, then rocked just the edges in the green pad to get a graduated tone. I inked the stem with the brown ink, and stamped the center pear on Stampin' Up!'s cream cardstock. I then masked this by stamping the pear on a Post-It, trimming closely, and placing over the stamped pear. I stamped the pear two more times, one on each side, before removing the mask. I stamped a mesh texture (All Night Media) in brown ink along the bottom, and over stamped this with the Pears text stamp (A Stamp in the Hand).
I sponged the bottom edge with the brown ink, and the top with the mustard. I layered the main image panel to dark brown, then over an openwork green woven fiber ribbon that was wrapped around the background panel. The photo tabs are antiqued gold, and the ribbon is tied with thin linen cord.
Thanks for looking!