How to create a starburst card

Follow our simple step-by-step guide to find out how to make a sunburst card! This is a great way of using up leftover strips of patterned papers to create incredibly trendy, contemporary and stylish cards.

How to make a starburst card

The starburst, or sunburst, technique uses triangular sections of paper, radiating out from a central point, to create beautiful backgrounds for cards.You can have great fun mixing and matching lots of different patterns and colours to create these bright and cheerful designs.

If you’re unsure about measuring and cutting different strips of paper, take a look at the clever trick Kat Waskett has used to create the effect on this card.

The end result is wonderfully eye-catching!

What you need to make this starburst card:

  • Patterned papers
  • Sentiment stamps
  • Star dies
  • Distress Ink
  • Kraft card
  • Oval dies
  • Baker’s twine
  • Star charm

Step 1


Cut a 14.5×14.5cm white top-fold card base and cover the front with kraft card. Add brown ink to the edges of a slightly smaller piece of orange paper and layer it on top.

Step 2


Take the yellow-and-white patterned paper and cut along the lines of the pattern to create eight sections with three rays each, and two sections with two rays each.

Step 3


Cut a piece of kraft card to 11.5×11.5cm then carefully measure and mark the centre point, which is where all your patterned paper strips will radiate out from.

Step 4


Lay out the patterned pieces of paper with the tips at the marked centre point. Arrange the pieces until happy with the design.

Step 5


Glue each of the pieces down in turn, leaving a small gap between them, so the kraft card shows through. Leave the largest piece until the end and, if needed, trim it to fit the gap.

Step 6


Trim all the sunburst sections that are overhanging the edge of the kraft square then ink the outer edges of the rays. Mount onto a slightly larger piece of kraft card.

Step 7

How to make a starburst card step 7

Stamp the sentiment in black ink, cut into an oval shape and add Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to the edges. Layer this onto a slightly larger kraft oval and add sticky foam pads on the back.

Step 8

How to make a starburst card step 8

Affix the starburst panel centrally onto the card, using sticky foam pads. Wrap with three lengths of twine and add the sentiment on top. Add die-cut stars in kraft card and finish with a star charm.