January 10, 2016


Sometimes I get a hankering to try something "old" again. 

For this card, I used what is sometimes referred to as the sunburst technique, OR  the starburst technique. Whatever you call it, basically you are making a background using spear-shaped pieces of patterned paper. 

If you do a search on Pinterest for either sunburst technique or starburst technique, you will discover a plethora of examples. Most often, wider spears of paper are used to make up the pattern. 

For my card, however, I went a little crazy and used much thinner spear-shaped pieces of DSP. 

I ended up using a total of 54, yes FIFTY-FOUR, slivers of paper to create my design. 

You start with a punched-out circle adhered somewhere on a scrap of background paper, and having the narrowest end of each strip fall onto that circle. The base paper that you use can be any color because it will be completely covered with the strips.

When you finish adhering all your spears, you end up with something of a mess, especially when using such a vast amount of paper as I did. The sweet part of the technique is that you choose a sentiment or focal point that is larger than the mess you made. Once that is in place, it neatens up the whole thing completely. No one needs to know the disaster that is really under that sentiment!

Other than ending up with fingers that are a little gluey, and being a bit time-consuming, it is a really fun technique to try. When using thin thin pieces like I did, you will never know ahead of time exactly how it will turn out.

When you do your Pinterest search for sunburst or starburst, you will find that there are templates and samples available for doing full backgrounds as well as partial backgrounds. Check it out! https://www.pinterest.com/

It's really a crazy fun project that yields a truly eye-pleasing card.



  1. cute! I keep meaning to try this technique but never seem to remember when I sit down to make some cards.

  2. This is cute! I had never seen this project before, but it is so adorable! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. I love your card and the way you did the sunburst.

  4. SOOOOOOOOOOOO adorbs!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  5. The card is so beautiful! Lovely starburst technique.

  6. You made such a pretty card.
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

  7. This is so cute my girls scouts did this and their parents went gaga for it a few years back thanks for sharing on Thursday Favorite Things. Love the decorations on the card.

  8. Hi Linda! I absolutely LOVE this card. You are so talented, it's unreal. If you don't mind, I would love to feature this post in my Valentine round-up tomorrow.


  9. I've done strip quilting, which is a similar technique with fabric. I love how this comes out with paper. Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity. Please join us again next week.

  10. This is darling! I would love to get this card for Valentine's Day! <3 Pinning! Thanks for linking up to You're Gonna Love it!

  11. Beautiful design! I don't think I have the patience for 54 different slices of paper, but I can admire it for sure. Visiting from the #HomeMattersParty

  12. Your choice of papers are just stunning!!! Great card!!!