The technique is distressed embossing. It is a quick and effective technique that gives a terrific finish. I have used Basic Gray as my base however you can use any base colour, just experiment until you find the colour combination that you like. Gold on Basic Black is quite stunning.
Step 2 - Put the gold embossed piece of Basic Gray into the Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder and put through the Bigshot.
Step 4 - Make your card. I used a Basic Gray A2 card base, a Basic Black mat 9.5cm x 13.8cm and Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon (this is retired from the Stampin' Up Catalogue but I still have a little left in my stash and it went perfectly with my card). The sentiment is from the Petite Pairs stamp set, stamped with Basic Gray on Naturals White then punched out using the Large Oval and matted on a Basic Black Scalloped Oval.