How about giving cork board a try!?!?!? So many possibilities...
Cut a piece and sent it through an embossing machine.
See, you get nice shapes!
Get out a woodburing tool and add a burnt edge.
See, lots of texture!
A close up. I was just playing around adding lines around the edges.
Pop a button to the center of a flower.
Same button, different flower.
Hope that helps you think out of the box a little! Go ahead and try something new!