One of my favorite techniques for applying background colors is to simply smoosh two or three ink pads onto my craft sheet, mist with water, and lay the cardstock down on top of it . . .
. . . then I dry with my heat gun, and re-dip the cardstock in order to pick up more droplets and texture. The white freshens things up a bit but next time I'll use less. A few vellum-covered butterflies for balance and this layout is done! There are few arrangements that can't be improved by the addition of some sort of flying creature, right?
Cardstock: Marcos Jute, Stampin’ Up Vellum White
Stamps: CC Rubber Stamps Fibers, Hero Newspaper Background
Inks: Liquitex Gesso White, Distress Pine Needles, Dusty Concord,
Stormy Sky, BIC marker Forever Green, VersMark
Emb Powder: WOW White Puff
Dies: Savvy Hello, Mama Elephant Peek A Frame, Memory Box
Cascadia Butterfly Trio
Impr Plate: Cheery Lynn Burble
Doo Dads: Tulip Hot Fix Jewels