One of the ways is to use patterned paper as your backdrop. As you can see from this card, the only stamping that I did was the quick greeting at the bottom right corner of the card.
I used Whisper White cardstock as my base and then layered a piece of patterned paper from the Welcome Neighbor pack of paper from the Sale-a-bration catalog.
The greeting comes from the Three Little Words set, which also is a freebie during Sale-a-bration, and was stamped with Basic Black ink.
To dress up my card a bit, I used the Beautiful Wings Embosslits die that is only available through the end of April in the Occasions Mini Catalog. I like to use this die for my cardstock scraps. I run a bunch of them through my Big Shot with this die and then put them into a plastic baggie to keep on hand for when I need a quick embellishment to use on a card, scrapbook page or gift project. I like to pop some of them up with Stampin' Dimensionals (aka: pop-dots) and then put others directly onto the card so that there's some dimension and it looks like some are closer and some are farther away. I used Regal Rose cardstock and a little scrap of Marigold Morning (which I'm still so sad that it retired).
One of the biggest reasons I hear for people not using their paper crafting supplies, or even *GASP* not getting into paper crafting in the first place, is that they don't have the time for it. Or that they don't have a ton of stuff to use to make a great card. A card like this one took very minimal supplies and it also took very minimal time to put together and it's FUN!
This card literally only took me about 5 minutes to put together! It just goes to show that you don't always have to have a big chunk of time set aside to make a beautiful card.
-Erika (Stampin' Mama)