I opted for texture and dimension to add interest to the card - no fancy embellishments here!
I used two embossing folders - brick and wood. I added dome ink to both (Hero Arts Bold Ink in Carmel) to emphasise the texture with colour. For the brick background I just cut the paper to size, but for the wood I cut three 2cm strips and ran them through BigShot next to each other. I then ensured there were in correct order when mounting them on a card.
I cut out the sentiment and used 3 layers of copper embossing powder - this makes it look like it's actually made of metal.
I mounted everything on a craft foam to give it dimension and glued the sentiment across the three "boards".
I also added a little fun detail - fake screws on either side of the wooden strips. I used dimensional fabric paint in pure gold metallic (works great on paper as well!). And since it has some elasticity to it when dry I was able to use my craft knife to make dents in it so the little drops resemble screws.
And here it is - a Birthday card for a hard working man.
And incidentally Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge is all about Birthdays! have a look at the lovely creations and entries here.