Colour blocking or layering showcases embossed pieces well. Or you could use the embossed background as a mat for your photos, leaving a nice big border, or borders. How about using one to create a Polaroid-style shape? Or cut/punch flower petal shapes and then emboss each layer, for an unusual look. Cut before you emboss for the easiest results. Try inking your folder before you put the paper into it, and you'll get a lovely rich, multi-tone effect.
Those are off the top of my head. I remember Gwynn's article being full of ideas too - off to have another look and refresh myself!
Oh great ideas! I was just thinking I need to emboss more for my LOs and not just cards. I have embossed letters for titles and added strips of embossed paper before but really need to do it more often.
I emboss some of my layered pieces on a page, or my embellishments, strips of paper to use as a border etc....
Here are some examples....
I embossed a square and added it as part of my design (birthday embossing folder) Birthday By Kiyawinn
On this one I embossed the paper layer under my photo and then I ran some chalk ink over it to make it stand out.... Fall Walk By Kiyawinn