I made one card for my dad's upcoming birthday. I love these stamps (I have 4 or 5 of them). I stamped it once on water color paper and once on a tan cs. I cut out the center, colored it all and then layered the tan cs over the stamped image from the water color paper. Looks like a piece of art IRL (in real life).
Then I made a birthday card for a friend in England... The cranes are embossed with clear EP. Everything else is just stamped, except the "land" which I use a post it note to border off the bottom right hand corner, then pounced on some tan inks. The water and sky are stippled. Inside I printed out "Happy Birthday, Florida Style."
The third card, is yet another birthday card, this time for a little girl who is turning two years old! The balloons are from my Sizzix die, the "2" is a stamp cut out from chipboard, then put on 5 coats of clear EP. Adhered it with pop dots to make it stand out and tied the balloon ribbons to it. The bottom left decorative photo corner is a new die I bought today. I like how the balloons are off the top of the card. I had to do it that way or else my overall card would have been huge.