I've used stamps from 2 of the fine quality stamps available @ MFP
Cracked Up is my background. I stamped with black stazon on top of cherry cobbler paper.
Pointsetta Blooms I stamped, fussy cut & colored with aqua painter. I stamped the sentiment (same stamp set) on crumb cake paper.
The tutorial was about distressing- my FAVORITE technique!
I used my scissors on the outside of my background paper. You scrub it (careful not to cut yourself!) Then I sponged some espresso distress ink around the edges.
I cut my circle of "light" and embossed with gold.
I used distress scissors to cut my sentiment out.