I think male cards are so tough, because traditionally they don't get as much embellishment as the girly ones. So to combat my feelings that the card is too plain - I created backgrounds on both the card base in a tone on tone pattern, and stamped repeated happy birthdays in versamark and clear embossed them on the white panel. It's subtle texture, but it gives more interest. I am quite happy with this man card!
Paper - Stampin Up, and unknown scraps
String - DMC Floss
Inks - Hero Arts Soft Granite, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Stamps - Hero Arts Square Background, Stampin Up Big Day
Die - Stampin Up Chalk Talk Framelits