Friday, May 3, 2013

Starburst Tutorial

As promised, today I want to share with you a short tutorial on how I created this Starburst Card!

Please hang with me as my pictures are terrible! Poorly lit area, using a STONE AGE Mobile phone, and a very sleepy camera operator is an awful combination. If I made excuses then I'd get NOTHING accomplished so hopefully you can get past the poor quality make use of it any way. :) 

Let's Do It, Shall we?! :) 

This card is a typical A2 size (4.25" X 5.5") so my "soon-to-be-triangle" pieces were cut at 1.5" X 4" will need 8-10 depending on how you prefer to arrange them. I love that we can use scrap sized paper! (THRIFTY GIRL) 

After you have your pieces trimmed you will need to make a diagonal cut from corner to corner, giving you 2 triangles of the same size. 

I cut my face (you will use this as your base for the triangle pieces) at .25" smaller than my card base.  The black cardstock is 4" X 5.25" in size.  I used my chalk marker (love that is shows so well on the dark cardstock) to draw a "cheat" line about 1.25" from the bottom of the face.  This step isn't necessary but it's helpful for me so I keep my Pieces where they need to be. 

Next, cover the space above the chalk line with a strong "dry" adhesive like Tombow.   

Since I was half asleep while I was creating this card and taking these photos I put my adhesive on BEFORE I laid out my I'm cheating by using a 2nd face the same size to make sure I get them arranged the way I'd like before adhering. 

Okay, back on track! I placed them on the adhesive covered face, any pieces that are hanging below the chalk line should be trimmed to prevent them from showing later after further embellishment.

Flip your starburst covered face over then trim off the pieces hanging past the edge.  By putting your adhesive on the FACE instead of on the triangles you prevent sticking the triangles onto your work surface, prevent gumming up your scissors, and you are preserving your scraps for use later. (not easy to use scraps when they are covered in adhesive) THRIFTY GIRL!  :)

 Now, isn't that Darling?! :) Okay, so the photo quality is making me nauseous but the card is DARLING, right?! :)

The flowers I used were from the Close to my Heart Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. (One of MY FAVORITE THINGS EVER!!)

The Blue flowers were sized at 1.75", 1.5", and 1.25"
The Yellow and White flowers were sized at 1.5", 1.25", and 1"

I layered and attached them using a few glue dots after distressing the edges with a sponge and Cocoa Ink.  

I gave them a bit more dimension by folding up the petals (as shown here)

 I used some Black waxy Flax to thread through the buttons and adhered them with another glue dot. 

 I adhered a strip of the Silver Shimmer trim across the chalk line to cover the seam, attached the flowers, stamped my sentiment and attached it with 3-D foam tape

I hope you can see the dimension that the foam tape gives your banners when you place it "just right" :)

The inside is just as easy, cut your base to any size you desire, (I cut mine at 1.5" X 5.25") Cover in adhesive, arrange your triangles, and place them on the base.  

 Trim as you did on the front face....I bet you can do it blindfolded and one arm tied behind your back now. :)

 Adhere the base to the inside of your card...easy as can be!

Finished! :) That's all there is to it! Give one a try for yourself! :)  Tomorrow I'll share a project with you featuring yet another starburst card! In fact, I believe it was inspired by my own card (blushing), designed by my friend, Dawn.  Check back then! :) 

Thanks for hangin' with me, I promise to improve my photos for next time. :)

Blessings, Sus


  1. Your instructions are wonderful.

  2. For tutorial pic, Susan, they are totally fine! Chill! ;) Enough propane, already! I really could not resist that one...fabulous instructions!

    Amie Kiger (kigz)

  3. Thank you Ladies!!! LOL Amie on the Propane! HAHA!! Thank you girls!

  4. I'm so glad you wrote this blog on how you created these cards!! LOVE them!! Can't wait to make them & just shared it on my FB page. :)

  5. Thank you all! I am SO glad you enjoyed it!! and DENISE...I am thrilled I have a FACE to go with a NAME now! :) :) :) :)

  6. Awesome tutorial Susan! Off to try one for myself! (your work is stunning, btw!)

  7. OH my goodness! Thank you Melissa!! That just Blesses me!

  8. Amazing card!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

  9. Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial and all of your fabulous artwork! You are so talented!

  10. Love,love,love this card !! Thanks for the tutorial.I am going to do something similar with my class for Father's Day. Hope that is ok !!

  11. Easy to follow instructions! Love the card!

  12. Thanks so much for the tutorial! I love it. I had some left over scrapes and used it up. The perfect quick card.