People like to dry emboss backgrounds and then sand them so the core shows though. It gets the dry embossed image to really pop.
I did it here and really makes the background look like old bricks or worn cobblestone I'm not a big fan of sanding though. I swear I always feel as though I've coated my body and desk in grit afterward. Don't hold your breath expected me to invest a lot of money into scenic embossing folders. I'll let those other people do it.
The Fine Print: Embossing folder by Darice, Medallion 5 by Spellbinders and ribbon by DeNami Designs.