The images "melt" into the background after burnishing it with the flat side of a bone folder.
No mess as with rubber stamps - but I love rubber stamps and use them together.
For this image, I created 2 backgrounds with wax. I mounted him to the smaller and used Glue Dots so this image is raised (can't see it here). You can see the texture and color through his face! Just like the first image above, the woman's face, the paper pattern shows through.