Lets look at the process:
I used 140# Canson Cold Press water color paper. I did not try other brands, so your result may very.
To finished the card, I matted it in red, added embellishments and finally attached to an A2 Card base in Desert Storm by Neenah.
The embellishments were darkened with the same ink as the background a glued down with Glossy Accents as was the Brass Crab.