It is time for the second challenge for the month of February over at Christmas Card Throwdown. This time we have a technique challenge happening inside the usual Christmas card theme. This time around we are featuring a ‘starburst’ technique.
For me, this was a bit of a challenge. I don’t do a lot of paper piecing, after all, I have no talent for it. Honestly I wasn’t even sure what it was…so I googled the technique. Apparently in its truest form it is taking paper and trimming it down to triangles and then laying the paper out to make a starburst pattern on the card. Okay…paper piecing it is.
I snagged six different coordinating Christmas papers and started trimming them up into the shapes needed. (If you are wondering I trimmed them down to 4.25×1.5, 4×1.5, (2) 3×1/5, and (2) 2×1.5. I don’t these were the right dimensions in the end, because I was really struggling getting the whole thing covered. I punched out a hole in the corner of some dark blue textured card stock, and started laying out the pieces…I gave up on a whole card starburst in the end, and left a section empty. I added back the punched out circle to the design to cover up the uneven triangles. I then stamped out a Penny Black snowman and colored him with my copics. I trimmed out the image and adhered it to the card. I added a bunch of white now flakes in the empty spaces and and finally stamped out a sentiment from the same stamp pack. I don’t know if this really qualifies as a true starburst, but it is me.
That’s it for me for today, but I can’t wait to see how you constructed your starburst technique. I know you who love paper pieces are going to blow my socks off with your designs.