One of my best friend's boyfriend celebrated his birthday yesterday.. I wanted to make a masculine card but not a traditionally 'blokey' card with hammers, cars etc... well, (just for something new) I used the presents stamp from the SAB set to make his card.. simple but I thought effective. Just for a little pizzaz (and largely because I'm addicted to embossing lately) I actually embossed all the presents on the front - just used my stamp-a-ma-jig and did them all at once which was suprisingly easy - even for me!!!
I ended up just using black cardstock, with SU Kraft overlay that I pierced along the top and bottom (HINT: SU's Matt pack made this almost idiot proof!) I then matted the whisper white embossed image onto black cardstock and popped it up on some dimensionals. (I also discovered they're much more forgiving if your edges are slightly off!)
What I also discovered was that it was also a template which became easily modifyable if you were after a brighter version!
(This could also look lovely with simple patterned paper, just to break the expansiveness of the colour).
Just pick your favourite cardstock colour and away you go! This one is on SU Kraft cardstock matted with SU Ruby Red and black . "Easy Peasy" as my nephews would say!