The other day one of my friends told me about very cool technique she learned on Split Coast Stampers that is done with Cuttlebug embossing folders. You ink the folder before embossing for a really nice effect. You can find the complete instructions here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=333398
This birthday card for my oldest son is my first attempt:
I used handmade paper, which gave it a nice texture.