So here is this year's birthday card. And it really does combine the oriental and traditional. I went out on a limb with the metallic copper paper, because he is not a big fan of browns, but I love it, so I went with it.
I picked three background papers from 'the Natural Stack' by Die Cuts With a View (DCWV). I have quite a few different 'stacks' by DCWV because they make high quality papers and I just really love the papers they put out. Then I added some copper sticker stripes along the borders of the papers so the transition from paper type to paper type didn't look so odd. The copper stripes are kind of like those transitional strips between carpet and hard flooring in your house! And all of these beautiful copper foil papers were really just a background for the tiger scene I got from the "Japanese Design" book and cd from DoverPictura. I printed out the tiger and then mounted it on the paper I used for the skinny stripe, which is very subdued. And for a little more bling, I added some orange crystals in the corners.