Handmade Card by Linda Fields

Imagine a beautifully aged copper door, covered in a gorgeous patina, pull inspiration from ancient pottery, or combine the two to create an amazing color palette! Welcome and enjoy my latest Persian inspired Birthday card!

AECP Level 2 Homework – Impressive Heat Embossing Course

The Urdu Language

Wikipedia Source: There are over 100 million native speakers of Urdu in India and Pakistan together – there were 50.8 million Urdu speakers in India (4.34% of the total population) as per the 2011 census; approximately 16 million in Pakistan in 2006. There are several hundred thousand in the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, United States, and Bangladesh. However, Hindustani, of which Urdu is one variety, is spoken much more widely, forming the third most commonly spoken language in the world, after Mandarin and English.


The Background

You could use any box or spray booth but I used the Tim Holtz Splatter Box to create my background. I sprayed many layers of colors and stood the paper at an angle so the stains would move and drip down. Warning! The paper you use for this is important. I would recommend using watercolor paper or something equally as thick. While my card stock did work, it took a very long time to dry.

Heat Embossing

After cutting down the backdrop to size, I lightly powdered the surface before stamping Persian Motif Flowers with sticky, clear Embossing ink. I used Altenew’s fine copper embossing powder and a heat gun for this entire project. The powder to metal transformation is magical! I used the embossing pad like a stamp to create copper edging on the card. Caution! When embossing parchment paper, get your tool hot prior to shorten the time needed to emboss. This will lower your risk of warping or melting the paper.

A Beautiful Jewel Finish

I thought the card was done but there was something missing – jewels! After putting the front on the card base with foam tape, I added royal blue gems to each flower because every birthday should be this special.