As much as the clean and simple approach appeals to my eye, my hands always have other plans: I can't resist walking away from a layout with paint, mist, or ink on my fingers.
The proof's in the page.
Elle's Studio blog. I'm all for white backgrounds, but I have trouble letting them just "be." I had to bring the paint. I like the way the stamping both stands out and blends with the background all at once.
I can also show restraint at times and still walk away with splatters on my jeans.
Scraptastic Club blog, concentrating on adding patterns and pops of color to the letters. I also added a smidgin of white paint along the edges of the patterned paper for a more subdued effect.