I had a layout published in Scrapbooking Memories magazine, Volume 18, No 3. This one had an interesting technique which you might find useful.
Do you have any old tubes of photo glue in your stash? I used to use these all the time and I sometimes still pull them out as they have some unique properties.
To make the pattern in the red paint, I first rubbed photo glue through a stencil with my finger. I removed the stencil and cleaned it straight away. I then swiped red paint over the stencilled area. When the glue was completely dry, I rubbed it off with my finger which left the white paper showing through underneath. It's pretty cool I think!
I also used a stamp through a diamond stencil to create another interesting feature. I then traced around the diamonds with a pen.