I made this card for Ed's brother's birthday. Ed said to use a cat stamp on the card. I made him help me pick the patterned paper, and he chose the orange paper.
The green layers are green ink brayered over cream cardstock. I wanted the paper to be less solid-looking than solid cardstock, plus I wanted to keep the card base light in color instead of using a dark green card base. Green ink is less thick than applying another layer of cardstock.
The sentiment was embossed with vanilla embossing powder to make it show up on the dark background. The edges of the orange and focus panels were sponged to make them balanced. I made faux brads and instead of adding a ribbon across the card, I added faux stitching. The card is for a man, and stitching is more masculine than ribbon, but it still adds "texture". The balloon is paper-pieced.
Stamps: Cupcake Fluffles (Stampendous), sentiment from Papertreyink's Faux Ribbon set, sentiment inside is from SU's long-retired More Great Greetings
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Classic Cream, Orange patterned paper from Basicgrey "Offbeat" 6x6 pad, Brown patterned paper from Basicgrey "Mellow" 6x6 pad, Stampin Up Handsome Hunter (for faux brads)
Ink: Timber Brown Stazon, Colorbox Frost White, Stampin Up Handsome Hunter ink pad and marker, Stampin Up Chocolate chip ink (sponged), Prismacolor pencils
Other: Vanilla embossing powder, Crystal Effects paper glaze, 3/16 hole punch