I love doing backgrounds using the babywipe swipe technique. I swiped with Not Quite Navy and Baja Breeze here (and masked off the moon with a punched post-it first) to make a quick night sky backgound for my owl. To get this effect, just take a baby wipe and fold it so that it is a bit wider than your piece of cardstock (I used glossy white cardstock and find that it works best). Dab a few drops of re-inker along the folded edge of the baby wipe and then 'swipe' it across the piece of cardstock. You can go back and forth a couple of times if you want to. The result is a quick and easy background. You can usually get a few backgrounds out of the one baby wipe.
....I've obviously been spending too much time watching Dora with my 2-year-old nieces because at this point all I can think of is "Swiper! No Swiping!". My apologies to those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about!
BTW, the owl is from "Fox and Friends" and the branch is from "Cheep Talk"