I came across a new technique on the Penny Black blog recently - gesso resist. Using an unmounted stamp (for easy cleaning) you stamp with gesso. After it dries, you apply distress ink. The gesso resists the ink a bit, but not as much as an embossing powder resist, and you can see the brush strokes in the gesso. Head over to the Penny Black blog for a video!
Stamp by Lazerworks