I quite like the look of coloured embossed backgrounds, but these ones (a Cuttlebug folder and a Couture Creations design), initially coloured with some cheap marker pens were a bit too bright for my liking. Also some of the areas where I'd overcoloured the pen stood out from the rest. A thinnish layer of white gesso saved them from the bin. It toned the colours down nicely and disguised the "dodgy" bits. Unfortunately as I didn't think this would work very well I didn't do a "before and after" scan for comparison, so you'll have to take my word for it! All in all a technique I'll use again - maybe even deliberately next time!!