I'll post each card separately, as I used various styles and different stamp sets to make cards.
For the background of this card, I used the following blendabilities on shiny cardstock (I have yet to try it on photopaper): Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, and Old Olive. I used the dark shades of each of the colours with the exception of Crumb Cake.
Please note that it was hard to take pictures of these cards because the lights caused "flashes" on the card.
Here's how the card turned out:
Using Black Stazon, the image of the Sandpipers from the stamp set: "Wetlands" was stamped twice near the bottom where it appeared there was a brownish area.
I used no ribbons or embellishments letting the background be the focal point.
The basic card is Crumb Cake cardstock, layered with Bermuda Bay, and then layered with the blendabilities layer.
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In addition I used Glossy Cardstock.