I have a friend who makes fabulous cards using dies. She prefers a neutral palette most often using cream and tan. Her cards tend to be fairly simple but there is something about them that is always just so striking. She keeps them simple because of the amount of cards she sends each month.
She was bemoaning the other day that no one ever sends her birthday cards, which given the amount of mail she sends, I found to be rather shocking.
Above is my non-cream, black, tan, or brown die-less card that I sent her for her birthday. I confess that it isn't an original design but as soon as I ran across it I know it was worthy of my friend.
The Fine Print: Embossing folder and stamp set from Stampin' Up.