One of my favorite inky background techniques is to smudge ink onto already-existing patterned paper to enhance the pattern's designs. Here I did that with some Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass and Mustard Seed Distress ink. Then I added the trellis piece, the components of which I also inked around. I love, love, LOVE the versatility of Tim Holtz's Found Relatives set, too, and gave one girl a little bit of added oomph with some fabric scraps.
Here's a list of the fab supplies I used that you can buy from Simon Says Stamp...except for Tim's new flashcards, which we will just have to be patient for (patience is SO not my forte)!
I can't wait to see all the inky loveliness you create for the backgrounds of your projects. Don't forget to upload your creations to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win a $50 voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store!