After attending a class at Steffens with Connie, I tried to make a background or two myself! Not sure if this is actually perfect, but it's my first try with some newspaper, Claudine Hellmuth acrylic paint and medium to make it more transparent.... The stamp is Paperbag studios.
Supplies: kraft cardstock (Bazzil), white Bazzil, newspaper, Hellmuth paint, medium (C.Hellmuth), Paperbag studios, brown StazOn, distress ink to paint the image. inked edges and some ink over the background.
Supplies: M.Stewart, Bazzil, Fiskars round punch, stamped image borrowed from a friend (I think it's Penny Black). Dymo. some border stamp (Stempelglede grunge collection) around the card, not very visible on the photo.