Here's a wonderful Sweet Pea stamp from artist Teresa Sherman called Fern the Forest Fairy (Plate #222). If you check out her image on the Sweet Pea site, you can see how different my image looks due to the coloring. Once I colored this image, I initially left it with a white background, then contemplated a sky blue or darker (say night time blue) background. After looking at the image for a while, I actually ended up coloring the background in a Copic Warm Grey as shown in the card. Turned out great and it really makes a difference in how the final image looks. I wish I had scanned in the image prior to adding the background color so you could see it.
So, next time you are coloring something up, think about not just your image, but also the background color that will really make your image stand out. I tend to use cool greys or light blues, but sometimes a warmer colored grey looks so much better. I added a great sentiment to this card "Yesterday is already a dream and tomorrow is only a vision, but today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope."