I've created this card to enter three challenges. Yes, three! The first is a sketch challenge and, even though the sketch is simple, it allows so many possibilities:
The second is a colour challenge but instead of suggesting several colours, this challenge is simply for a Monochromatic theme:
The third challenge is for "anything goes" with the proviso that there be a 3-D element on the card and/or a background stamp:
I had already decided to use the bird from the new An Open Heart stamp set, burlap, and a base of Early Espresso. To go along with the Monochromatic theme, I stayed within the Neutrals, adding some Very Vanilla and Baked Brown Sugar to the colours. To take some of the starkness away from the Very Vanilla, I used the Hardwood background stamp and stamped the cardstock with Baked Brown Sugar ink after off-stamping once. I also stamped the sentiment in Baked Brown Sugar but did not off-stamp.
For the 3-D aspect I used Dimensionals to adhere the Early Espresso layer to the Burlap Ribbon (which already had dimension to it anyway) and then also on the banners and on the bird (cutting the Dimensionals into skinny enough pieces for the beak and the feet was a challenge in itself).
I think this card could easily be for either a masculine birthday or occasion (with a change of sentiment) or even for a general-style card. It's pretty unisex, overall.