When I make up a background like this one, I make at least ten of them, often more. Why? They are messy, they are addictive and I like to have them on hand. I am a lot more likely to use something like this if I have it on hand. This particular background is a time-consuming pain to make, but I really, really like the finished product.
I stamped the friends by Art Impressions in black pigment ink and used black fineline embossing powder.
The texture was created by dragging Distressed Ink pads across the paper and the flourishes where stamped using stamps from various companies. Then a light mist with water to create the faded vintage look. The edge of the card was sponged with medium brown ink followed by a very narrow edging of black ink, again sponged on.