I tried a few embossing folders before I was happy with the background. Basically you take a piece of wax paper, crumple it up, smooth it out and run it through an embossing folder. Then you sandwich the wax paper between two pieces of cardstock and iron it to transfer the wax. Then you sponge ink over the background to reveal the pattern.
I stamped the cake image onto a die cut and matted it with a black scalloped oval. I attached this to the background with some foam squares, made a bow and attached it with a mini glue dot. I layered the background onto a piece of cardstock and attached it to a white card base.
Gina K. Designs: Happy Birthday to You stamp set; Lipstick ink; Lipstick and White cardstock; die cut shapes from a grab bag
VersaFine Onyx Black ink
Alora Couture creations Circle Leaves embossing folder
Scrapbook Adhesives Black foam squares
Mini Glue Dot
ribbon from my stash