For this one, I tried a technique I saw in this video by Tim Holtz. Basically, you stamp on the embossing folder before embossing and then ink the raised parts. It gives a really interesting effect, even in monochrome. I was surprised that the Stampin Up inks blended well using circular motions just as I would with distressing inks; I've always used dabbing with SU before.
To make the flowers pop a bit, I decided to paint over them with glitter paint (Derivan) boosted with Dazzling Diamonds for a bit more sparkle. I think this provided contrast against the matte background. I made two cards, one of which is mounted on contrasting purple cardstock to match the purple heart brad as well as give a purple tinge to the sparkles.
cardstock: SU whisper white (yes I started with white), Pear Pizzazz, Concord Crush
stamps: SU Very vintage, Artistic Etchings
ink: SU Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive
Inspiration card by Mercy.