The blueprint series from Tim Holtz is a good way to get a masculine feel for a card. I paper pieced the balloon on kraft cardstock and used my Sakura stardust pen to add some glitz to it and the diamonds in the patterned paper. The patterned paper on either side adds some interest and I splattered a bit of black ink.
Entering this in the SSS birthday celebration challenge and hope to get another one in before the deadline. Time gets away from me - but it sure would be nice to win this week's $100 prize, wouldn't it?