OK, let's talk about color. What papers do you want to use? What "icon" will you use? Start thinking about color choices when picking paper.
For the base, I will show you another techniques to get a similiar effect to the distress ink. I will also show you some options to do the distress ink technique but with inks you have on hand, and if you don't have a craft mat.
So get your paper ready, include a relatively blank base like white or cream carstock, and a supply of inks or paints in colors that complement your color selections.