Remember that arts & crafts project you did in grade school? Making a pencil holder for your Mom or Dad by covering a can with masking tape and using shoe polish to turn it brown. How about upgrading it and giving a more grown up polished look. There are quite a few tutorials on the web, just google faux leather & masking tape.
For my pieces I covered my masking tape with 3 colors of Colorbox Chalk browns. The backgrounds were so versatile. I made cards, ATCs, tags and even some thrinchies for a swap.