Techniques on Tuesday: Starburst

Parisian Blooms Specialty DSP

This technique is a way to use up some of the hordes, and off-cuts of Designer Series Paper (DSP) we all have laying around.

Supplies that you will need: Designer Series Paper (DSP), paper trimmer, liquid glue, scissors, card stock and embellishments.

Garden Lane DSP

Step by Step Instructions

  • First work out which Starburst pattern you are going to use.
  • Next select you Designer Series Paper (DSP). You might want to use different patterns or one double sided piece and use both sides.
  • Now we are going to cut our DSP it is different for each of my samples so here are the two sets of measurements for you.
  • Parisian DSP: you will need 2 strips cut @ 1 1/2 inches x 12 inches
    • 1st strip: cut 2 @ 3 1/2 inches & 1 @ 5 inches
    • 2nd strip: cut 2 @ 2 1/2 inches, 1 @ 5 inches & 1 @ 2 inches.
    • cut each of these pieces in half from one corner on the diagonal to the opposite corner, forming triangles.
  • Garden Lane DSP: you will need 2 strips cut @ 1 inch x 12 inches
    • cut both strips into 3 x@ 4 inches
    • cut each of these pieces in half from one corner on the diagonal to the opposite corner, forming triangles.
  • NOTE: Decide which side of the DSP you will be using and make sure you cut the diagonal in the same direction for each of your pieces.
  • TIP: I like to start my cut from the middle so that the blade doesn’t catch on the the corner causing it to bunch up.
  • You will now need a backing piece of card stock. It can be a contrast piece or a neural piece. This is the base that you will be adhering our starburst pattern to. Again they are different for each of my samples so here are the two sets of measurements for you.
    • Parisian backing cut @ 14cm x 9.5cm
    • Garden Lane cut @ 14cm x 7cm. Note with this one I mark/scored at 7cm on the long side to indicate the centre.
  • Before adhering anything down you might like to play with your Triangles of DSP and create your pattern.
  • Cover your backing piece with glue and starting at the centre of your starburst adhering down your triangles of DSP making sure that they butt up against each other.
  • NOTE: As you work toward the outside corners make sure that you are covering the backing card completely with your DSP. This might mean using a longer triangle or moving it up to cover.
  • Once you have stuck all your DSP on and covered the backing piece of card stock, turn it over and trim off the overhanging bits of DSP.
  • Now your Starburst is ready to create with.

Variations for this technique

  • You can cut strips of card stock and emboss them to use with or instead of DSP.
  • Use a contrast colour for the backing card stock and leave a small gap between each Triangle of DSP.

Demonstration of Stamped Etching


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