Emma Plays All Day -Sunburst Tutorial

Hi there! Welcome to another Tutorial Tuesday! Generally I share stamping tutorials with you guys, but today I am mixing things up! Today’s tutorial is how to make a sunburst background. I have a scrapbook tutorial that could also be scaled down to work on a card.

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Let’s begin!

First I decided on my foreground items so I knew where the center of the sunburst would be.

I decided to make my focal point these adorable little photos of Emma when she was a puppy. This was way back in 2009. I used one of our brand new Happy Moments Polaroid Die Tools. These are ‘da BOMB! I flipping love them so much! So I went with 4 Polaroid die cuts and added photos to 3. I wanted one that was different so I made 3 using glitter paper and one using plain white cardstock.  I cut out the medium heart from our new Nesting Hearts Die Tools set and used it in the center of the white frame.

The orange paper I used frames the Polariod die shapes.

So using a pen, mark about where you want the center of the sunburst to be on the white background cardstock and set the other elements aside. The mark you make will be covered up with your elements later.

I decided for my sunburst to alternate between the yellow patterned paper and yellow cardstock. You can really pick any papers you want for this part. I have seen all sorts of sunburst patterns using lots of different colors.

I used my cutter to cut both papers into skinny wedge pieces. I ended up with a bunch of wedges. You will need a lot of these!

Then just start alternating the wedge pieces and have them point towards the center that you had previously marked. I left a bit of space between each wedge so that the white would show through.

Keep alternating and going around your entire page until you finish the entire sunburst.

When you are done, carefully cut the excess pieces away so that you are left with even edges at the edge of your 12×12 (or card front, whatever you are creating your sunburst on!).

Stick on your front elements and decorate the rest of the page (or card).

My layout used patterned papers from the SP Monthly Kit for April, which included the Big Build a Banner 2 and A Perfect Summer collection.

I also used some of the A Perfect Summer decorative brads, and a layered sticker element.

The alphas are actually NEW too! These were cut using our Fancy Alphabet Die Tools sets (there’s an uppercase and a lowercase). Love these!

I really liked how the sunburst turned out. I have been wanting to try this technique out for a while. I may use it again soon.  Have you tried it?


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