I've had a play with my Lavinia Stamps today, creating this autumnal card.
I started by stamping the "Red Leaves" sentiment, using Versafine Clair "Morning Mist" grey ink, so that I had the placement for the branches in the top left corner.
Using the same ink, I stamped the "Gip" in second generation stamping, as I didn't want it to be prominent.
Next, I stamped the "Oak Leaf Branch" using Versafine Clair "Acorn" brown ink, again in second generation stamping. This allowed me go in with "Golden Meadow" and then "Tulip Red" Versafine Clair inks for the leaves. I used the same process for the floating leaves, which are part of the "Foliage Set 2" stamp set.
I then used two shades of Distress Oxide Ink: Peeled Paint and Aged Mahogany very lightly across the surface of the card, to give a little colour, to remove the starkness of the white card. I then sprinkled water droplets from a fan shaped paint brush to add a little texture, by dabbing off the surplas water from the surface of the card to create a bleached look where the droplets had been.
I wasn't totally happy as the area still looked a little empty, so I used the same inks through the Lavinia Stamps "Splendour Stencil", only using the ink that remained on the blending brushes, which provided a very subtle background.