Wednesday, April 5, 2023


I decided to use the Starburst Background Design Technique for today's card featuring this week's stamp set, Covered in Sunshine.  I have not made a card with this design technique in a very long time.  This is a fun technique to make an interesting background.

This background may look a little difficult, but as long as you have lots of designer series paper (DSP) scraps and a paper trimmer, it is actually very easy.  If you are a paper crafter, you know that having lots of paper scraps is never a problem.  In fact, having TOO MANY scraps may be the larger problem.

To make this Starburst pattern you want to pick DSP designs that coordinate and isn't it handy that this is exactly what Stampin' Up! products are all about--coordination!

So, before starting, I decided to look though my designer series paper stash and see which collections I wanted to use.  I found two different collections that were almost untouched. The first one was Like an Animal Specialty and the second was Dry Brushed Metallic Specialty.   Both are beautiful, foiled patterns, so I knew they would make a statement full of shimmer and shine.

My tutorial for today's card includes written directions on how to create a starburst design.  To download a FREE copy, please use this link.

Once I completed the starburst background, I knew I needed to mat it on cardstock that would be worthy of the beautiful gold, silver, blue and green foils.  So, I went back to my stash of foils, and I found the Distressed Gold Specialty Paper.  OK, I'll be honest, it is so pretty that I have been hording it!  But it was time to get over my hoarding and start using it.  So, I matted both the Starburst and my sentiment with it.

I embossed the sentiment with Gold Embossing Powder and after layering it on the Distressed Gold Paper, I added a few swirls of the gold cord from Simply Elegant trim and then adhered it to the center of my starburst with dimensionals.

If you are wondering what the pretty paper below the starburst is, it is called Brushstrokes.  This is another beautiful Specialty paper that I've been hoarding.  As we near the end of our current Annual Catalog sales period, I decided it was time to stop hoarding and start using these beautiful papers.   

The inside of the card was also dressed up with these pretty papers.

When creating the starburst for the front, there were many scraps leftover, so I used them to make a mini starburst in a corner on the inside.  I also matted the completed Basic White with the Distressed Gold paper before adhering it to the center of the Soft Succulent card base.  See the Tutorial to learn some tricks and tips to maximize the use of beautiful, but a little more costly Specialty paper.

For more information on any of the beautiful papers used on today's card, see the product list below.  Most of these will likely no longer be available once the January - April Mini and the Annual Catalog sales periods end.  We don't know, they could carry over into the new Annual Catalog, but that doesn't happen too often with Designer Series Paper, so if you love them, don't wait until it is too late!  Click on any of the images in the Product List to learn more.

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