I find making my own backgrounds is strangely satisfying. I can use whatever colors, patterns or images I desire and the end result is uniquely mine. I think that's kind of fun.
Anyway, here's a simple card that illustrates how easy it is to make your own patterned paper. I must add that this card is a CASE from the very talented Suzanne Russell at Beauty and Blessings. Go check out her blog. She's amazing!
The background image was stamped with Desert Sand by Memento, using the dandelion-like image from Botanical Silhouettes. The stems and flowers in the foreground are from the same set, and were stamped using Ocean Tides (PaperTrey) and Bamboo Leaves (Memento). A little yellow glitter in the flower centers, adhered using Glossy Accents so there's no rub off, completes the first layer.
A smaller dandelion image was stamped on a scrap of white as before, then the sentiment was stamped using more Ocean Tides, then die cut with PaperTrey's Half and Half die. A mat of Ocean Tides cardstock was trimmed to match, and the two were adhered to the first layer. I decided not to use dimensionals here to avoid too much bulk.
Everything was matted with a piece of Ocean Tides, and then mounted to a white card base, after rounding the corners for a bit of softness. I'm thinking rounding only the lower, or perhaps opposing, corners might have been more interesting, but it is what it is.
Go try making your own background paper, but be warned--it's addictive! (Yeah, like everything about this crazy hobby isn't, right?)