I love By the Tide stamp set and it is perfect for making masculine cards. The background is embossed using the polka dot embossing folder which is the one I use more than any other. The coral is stamped using Soft Sky ink which gives a very subtle background behind the fish. I stamped the fish on Coastal Cabana cardstock with Island Indigo ink and then sponged some Old Olive ink lightly over it. Quick and easy. Done in about 10 minutes.
Stamps: By the Tide, Itty Bitty Banners
Ink: Soft Sky, Island Indigo, Old Olive
Paper: Island Indigo, White, Coastal Cabana, In Color DSP
Misc: Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Sponge, Dimensionals