I don't always know in the beginning how my cards will turn out. Many times I don't know what base cardstock i will use until i'm done with the layer. I had planned on either using Cranberry or Eucalyptus as my base but decided that i like the non-traditional Onyx (black) as the base. It really makes the colors pop.
On the inside I stamped a sentiment from Holiday Greetings Inside & Out also from a*muse | studio.
You can see some additional card backgrounds made with non-background cards here. I did these as a part of a blog hop.
Paper: Onyx, Winter Sky, Eucalyptus, Sugar (a*muse | studio)
Stamps: Nordic Noel, Holiday Greetings Inside & Out (a*muse | studio)
Ink: Winter Sky, Eucalyptus, Cranberry (a*muse | studio), Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Dies: 2"Circle Punch (Fiskars), Mat Stack 2 die ( PTI)
Ribbon: Black (unknown)