Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Starburst card tutorial and scrappy tips

The majority of my scraps are used for making cards, like this one (see below for the tutorial):

Not sure about you, but when I first started to scrap I saved everything...I mean everything...well as I soon found out, that was overwhelming...I still save scraps, but there is a method now to my madness...It took me a little time to get this organized like this, but once I did, it's definitely a breeze in finding something that I could use...No scrappy time was taken for this, as I accomplished this feat while watching TV...
I normally do not save anything smaller than 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches...When I have a scrap, that is just a little bigger than the size mentioned, I tend to cut it down to size right then and there, instead of putting it in the scrap pile...to me it saves time...
If I have left over scraps from a kit, I put those all in a baggie...this way, I'm not looking for matching items when making a card...
My PP scraps go in a separate folder...A little harder to organize, but at least they are together...
My CS scraps go in individual folders...Green, Brown, Orange, Red, etc...
Believe it or not, I do find stuff in my stash that  I now think is UGLY...Those go in a baggie that I then take to the IRL crops with me and they go on the freebie table or PIF table...
Have fun...

1. Card base - I use kraft cardstock - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" folded in half - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".
2. Rectangle pieces - 1 1/2" x 4" - Cut 4 of these - using a different patterned paper for each one.>
3. You will now take your rectangle pieces and cut them at an angle on your cutter. Opposite corner to opposite corner - you will then have 8 triangles - 2 of each design.
4. You now need a scrap piece of paper cut to 5 1/2" x 3".
Find the middle of the card which would be at 2 1/2". Lightly put a dot at that point just to be safe. It's your guide to arranging your triangles.
I put tape all over on this scrap piece of paper. To me it was easier than putting tape on each triangle.
5. Now working from the dot out each way.place a triangle on the dot to the right and then on the dot to the left. Next ahdere your next triangle to the right and then to the left of the previous triangle. Repeat 2 more times.
Pieces will go over the edges on your card and that's ok. It's also ok if you are not perfectly precise in lining up the pieces. Some pieces may show a little more of each other than others. Just remember to cover all parts of that scrap piece of paper.
6/7. Once you have all your triangle glued down, turn the card over and trim off the excess of those triangles.
8. I then cut a piece of solid cardstock to cover the bottom of the card. 1 1/2" x 5 1/2". I realized that by adding the 1/4" gave me some play in how I placed that piece on the triangles.
I then stamped my sentiment on the solid cardstock.
9. You are now ready to adhere the starburst section and your sentiment piece to the actual card. Add the starbust first from the top and then your sentiment piece from the bottom up. They will overlap slightly.
Sounds difficult, but once you do one card, you will say wow, that was easy peasey! Great way to use up those scraps...

There's a couple of other things that you might want to do to your card: where the triangles meet the solid cardstock, you may choose to put a piece of ribbon on that. If that's the case you do that prior to adhering the base card to the actual card itself, so you can wrap your ribbon around. You may choose to use such as twine, buttons, flowers, and the list goes on. 
I tend to stamp my sentiment prior to taping that piece down, because I'm not a great stamper and usually end up with some over stamping mess. This way it's easier for me to just flip it over and try again, as opposed to trying to lift up a glued piece and ruining the rest of the card...
The directions, tips, and techniques are things that worked for me. Anxious to see your creations... There are many different ways to make a starburst card: this way just happens to be the way I was taught... I really hope that I've covered all aspects of making this card as simple as possible. Have fun, enjoy, and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me!

   June Geraci
    Creative Team Member of SCRAP YOUR SCRAPS 

Using your scraps to make cards is a great idea.  I often do that, too.  It's like creating mini layouts only you give them away.  June's post inspired me to use some of my scraps to make these sunburst cards.

I just love the colors and the way they turned out.  Most of all, I love the fact that I was able to create them using scraps from my stash.  I look forward to making many more cards.  My family loves getting them.  My dad even looks on the back of my cards to see if I've stamped and signed them!

  Sandi Chromey
  Creative Team Member of SCRAP YOUR SCRAPS 

Here is my take on June's starburst card.  I just grabbed some scraps I had leftover and handy from my May kit from 3 Scrappy Boys and did a simple take on June's tutorial.  Then I added a banner sticker for my greeting and a flower that was also part of my kit.  Easy peasy!

  Nicole Bingaman
   Creative Team Member of SCRAP YOUR SCRAPS


I love starburst designs, but I didn't know this technique... My own technique was really time consuming, while June's tutorial is so quick and easy! I can see lots of starburst cards in my future... And my scraps boxes will love that.
Here is the card I made:

I thought it was such a great way to use scraps that I also decided to try it on a layout. 
I remembered a video tutorial from Melissa Philips for PapertreyInk that I've pinned some time ago, without taking time to watch it. But the starburst heart looked so pretty! I finally watched it, and it's about making cute pocket cards with starburst design.

   Creative Team Member of SCRAP YOUR SCRAPS


  1. I keep everything. I always find a way to use my scraps. I'm looking forward you publish new articles. By the way what is a PIF table ?

  2. June, your tutorial is great! You all have created amazing projects! Wonderful :)

  3. Great tutorial, my way is much more time consuming, so will be trying this for sure!


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