I finally got to have a play in the craft room at last (now it is nice and clean it seemed a shame not to).
I revisited an old technique I haven't played with for a couple of years but I was reminded of on Pinterest recently.
It is a fake letterpress technique and VERY easy to do.
You simply ink one side of your embossing plate (you can use a brayer but I just keep the ink pad as level as I can and smear it all over) and pass the plate and paper through your embosser and voila -
I quite like it in the brown as it looks like a henna tattoo.
This is the reverse side of the card (the uninked side).
Some of the embossing plates are deeper than others-this one was particularly deep.
Which was so deep it created almost a shadow when I coloured it.
Quick, easy and simple and now I have some backgrounds ready to play with.