Starburst Christmas Card Tutorial

I think starburst cards have such a happy, retro feel, don’t you?  They’re pretty popular right now (on Pinterest and the papercrafting sites I frequent). I thought I would copy a card from the latest Stampin’ Success magazine and show you how simple the technique really is. Of course, I changed up the colors a bit and used a different sentiment stamp, but the basic layout came from Stampin’ Up!…see, the benefits of being a demonstrator?

Anyway…on with the card making, after a peek at the finished card, that is. 1113 Starburst Card TItle

1. Cut a piece of scrap cardstock to the size of your finished card. Mine is a standard 4-1/4”x5-1/2”. Draw lines on it, intersecting wherever you want the focal point piece to go on the finished card. Label the section by number and a letter for each pattern you’re using. I used two double-sided pieces from the Season of Style Designer Paper Stack, so I had four different patterns, A,B,C, and D.


2. Cut your labeled pattern into pieces and sort according to the letters. Using the pattern pieces (make sure they’re writing side up, so it all fits together at the end!), cut pieces from your designer paper, laying each onto the cardstock, topped with its pattern piece.Starburst-Cut-ChaosServedDa

Above you can see the designer paper peeking out from the cardstock pattern.

Below, I’ve pulled a few cardstock pattern pieces away so you can see how the pattern is coming together.Starburst-Assemble-ChaosSer

3. When everything is cut, make sure your edges are all square, and adhere it using adhesive runner. Don’t worry if the center points aren’t stuck really well…they’ll be covered by your sentiment piece, which will both hide and adhere them.


4. Make a fabulous sentiment focal point and adhere it. I used the new Christmas Messages stamp set, Cherry Cobbler and Gumball Green Markers, white cardstock, some GUmball Green ribbon, and a Big Shot Framelit from the Chalk Talk set. Oh, and one of the fun new Candy Dots in Cherry Cobbler, to mimic the look of a colored brad. But it’s just paper, y’all!

Starburst-Tag-ChaosServedDa I’ll admit, this card took a little time to make, but I really enjoyed making the “puzzle” fit together. I can’t wait to use this starburst technique on birthday and other happy occasion cards!


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