I finally found the card I've been wanting to post for a few days. I had moved my craft room and couldn't seem to remember where I had stashed it.
The background is done using glossy cardstock and alcohol inks. It's been so long since I did it I can't remember which colors I used. After you are done inking your glossy cardstock, choose a cuttlebug folder and emboss. Once that is completed use a sanding block and lightly sand the raised up area thereby removing the ink. The bird was stamped and embossed with black powder.
If this a try and see what results you get.
Need to keep the post short. Just a quick update on the personal side...still haven't made it out of the country for house hunting...hopefully tomorrow. Working on clearing customs and being granted the visa. Keep your fingers crossed.