I made a series of guy cards and experimented with both white and tan cardstocks which I have pictured here. I wanted a masculine textured background for the card front, and while I love a really deep embossed impression, this is sometimes rough on the cardstock and can weaken it so much that it tears . . .
Tim Holtz offered one excellent way around this: place a piece of his Grunge Paper (not Grunge Board) in the embossing folder along with your cardstock. You'll still get a deep impression but without savaging the cardstock.
I discovered another happy solution with this card: I embossed my much-loved #90 watercolor paper! It took the pattern beautifully and there was no damage or thin spots to be found. If ivory-colored cardstock works for your design, you might wish to try this!
The wonderful word across the bottom is "Celebrate" and is perfectly legible IRL but not so much as far as the camera is concerned . . .
Cardstock (card base): Strathmore Ivory OR Strathmore #90 Watercolor paper OR Neenah Desert Storm, OR Marcos Jute
Cardstock (colored layer): Bazzill Ocean, Kachina, Jacaranda, Generic Textured Teal, Sky Blue; Chipboard/Jacaranda
Stamps: Hampton Art Sparkling Birthday Cake, CC Rubber Stamps
Inks: Distress Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Brushed Corduroy,
Frayed Burlap, VersaMark
Emb Powder: Vippies Transcendence, Bear Rubber Melded Metallic
Dies: Papertrey Ink Tag Sale #3, Lil Inkers Stitched Mats:
Rectangles, Spellbinders Rectangles Two, Tim Holtz
Emb Folder: Die-sire Embossalicious Gun Metal
Stencil: Tim Holtz Burlap
Doo Dads: Jute fibers, ¼" ribbon