This is a card I sent to my family for Thanksgiving last year. Simply made, it appears to be more complicated.
Basically, all you do to get this highly-textured, rich effect is to stamp your images on a piece of Sahara Sand card stock, and THEN run it through the Big Shot inside the Square Lattice Embossing Folder. To add a bit to the distressed look, I ripped, bent and curled the edges of this layer, in addition to sponging the distressed edges and here and there across the image with Sahara Sand ink.
Here is a closer view of the textured surface:
Quite loverly, huh?