I'll start off by saying the color of the base of the card is chocolate chip brown. It's not showing so well against my black background.
The two background pieces were created used the cuttlebug and ink on the inside of the folder.
I started with a very light yellowish/orange color cardstock. Then inking up my brayer with Wild Honey (Tim Holtz ink) I rolled ink over the debossed side. The side that would be flat. Next place your cardstock between the folder and close. Emboss it with your cuttlebug. When turning the handle of the cuttlebug do it slowly as it allow more time for the ink to soak into the cardstock. I also run it through a couple of times.
Because the ink was on the flat side of the folder the ink transfers to the paper and makes the background darker, thus leaving the embossed or raised area with no ink. If you were to do it on the other side of the folder and ink only the raised areas it would create a much different look.
Can you do this if you don't have a brayer....yes but it is a different look again. If you look closely at the second photo you can see the background still has an airy look to it. Like it's been sponged. I tried this technique by rubbing my ink pad over the inside of the cuttlebug folder but it was much harder to control consistency on the amount of ink applies and it has a more opaque look.
The flower was stamped with versamark and gold embossed on watercolor paper. I like to use watercolor paper when working with watercolor pencils/crayons or H2O's for two reasons. The paper doesn't warp and I can rework the same area many times without effecting the paper.
Coloring in this image I used the H2O's. If you're not familiar with them, they come in a small round container and the paint is hard like a child's paintbox. You simply wet your paintbrush with water and rub over the product. H2o"s tend to give everything a shimmery look as well.
We had a very stormy day here. I left just before noon to go to my Wednesday stamping group. I only made it about 8 miles from home before I asked myself why am I driving in this rain. The windshield wipers couldn't keep the windows clear. I think it is the first time I've ever had the good sense to turn around. I'll be looking forward to next Wednesday even more now!