I like dry embossing but when using paper (especially white) the results are sometimes very hard to see. So I started looking around for other materials, including more masculine ones. I ended up embossing some of my 36 gage Amoco Copper tooling foil and here are the results.
The first card uses a simple band of embossed copper (Darice edge embossing folder) which was aged by coloring the entire strip with a black Sharpie pen and then rubbing as much ink off as possible from the raised surfaces. To add some interest I added faux gems from Stampendous to the center of some of the flowers. I then layered the embossed strip on a white strip of paper,which I edged with gold line stickers from Mrs. Grossman's when I adhered the strip to the card. The final touch was the addition of a tag from Martha Stewart/E.K. Success and a sticker text from Momenta. This card has a distinctive masculine look to it.
The second card uses the same design ideas as the first card, except that I colored the embossing (Darice edge embossing folder) with a variety of colored Sharpie markers and added small 3D sticker flowers from Jolee's/E.K. Success before attaching it to the card and adding a more flowery tag decorated with more of the small 3D sticker flowers. This card has a more feminine characteristic look to it.
The third card and final card is strictly masculine and used a watch themed embossing folder from Darice, which was again colored completely with a black Sharpie marker and then cleaned off as much as possible but still leaving a darker background. The watch is a 3D resin sticker from Jolee's/E.K. Success.