Do you like to try new techniques?  At my team meeting this past weekend the theme for our swap was to try a technique that was featured in one of the past Stampin’ Success magazines (that is the magazine that all Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators receive).  I decided to try one called the Starburst technique that I had seen a few months ago.


It just so happened that I already had a spritzer bottle filled with Crushed Curry ink (and alcohol) so I thought I would play with that to begin with.  And that made me think of sunrays and being happy which made me think of the phrase Cheer Up buttercup in the Geometrical stamp set.  Now I feel like I’m tell the “when you give a pig a pancake” story….. well maybe not.

starburst-swapI was pleased with how it turned out.  So let me tell you how I made it.

  • Create a starburst mask.  I used a piece of the cardboard that comes in the back of our Designer Paper.  First I cut it to be slightly larger than my white card stock.  I found something on my table that was round and traced it.  Then used a ruler and drew lines through the circle.  Then I cut out every other wedge up to my circle.  Here is what my mask looks like – starburst-template
  • I laid the mask on top of my Whisper White card stock and then spritzed it with the Crushed Curry in my spritzer bottle.  I aimed towards the center because I wanted it darker near the center and light out near the edges like a starburst/sunray.
  • While the mask was still on I stamped the dots on there using the Gold Encore ink.  The dots are from the Happy Watercolor stamp set.  Then I moved the mask.
  • I stamped the greeting “Cheer up Buttercup” also in the Gold Encore ink.
  • I tied a piece of Whisper White Baker’s Twine around the White layer before adding it onto a Crushed Curry card base.
  • To finish I added a punched Butterfly.  It’s the Elegant Butterfly punch and the Eastern Elegance designer paper.  I added a Vintage Faceted button that I tied with some of the gold thread that I pulled off the Gold Baker’s Twine.
  • It’s bright and cheerful!


Thanks for stopping by today.  Oh and I got to look in on my bluebird today.  I thought she had laid 5 eggs and when I checked today – there are 6!!  It’s going to be one crowded nest box with 6 babies in there.  I have  a picture on my Facebook page.