As Stamper Extraordinaire Laura Bassen calls it, "Smooshing" remains one of my favorite ways to create a background. It's easy, fun, and exciting because you never really know what you're going to get! Watch out for complimentary colors as you'll risk getting a muddy look – other than that simple caveat, terrific results are practically guaranteed . . .
Go light and cover just a part of your background with this watercolored look, or go extreme as I did and cover the entire background, or color any amount in between: your choice. You can Google "Laura Bassen smooshing" and get several instructional samples to look at . . . here's one of them, complete with video.
For this card above, I white-embossed the background image before smooshing with two shades of brown. The hanging grapes image was stamped and embossed in brown and watercolored with Peerless watercolors.
Cardstock: Strathmore #90 Watercolor paper
Stamps: Rubber Stampede Stained Glass Grapes, Stamp Zia Cheers!
Inks: ColorBox Frost White, Distress Walnut Stain, Brushed Corduroy
Emb Powder: Judikins Opaque White, Vippies Transcendence
Dies: Spellbinders Small Deckled Rectangles
Watercolors: Peerless Ecru, Burnt Umber, Olive Green, Heliotrope,
Doo Dads: Viva Pearl Pen Cream, Perfect Pearls Mist Gold