Monday, May 20, 2013

Cards in Envy - Challege #4 Make Your Own Background

There's a new challenge at Cards in Envy.  This time we are challenged to create a card by making our own background.  I decided to create a starburst card following a tutorial from Operation Write Home. 

Starburst card - A2 = 5.5" x  4.25"
DP from DCWV Mainstreet Stack

To create this card:
  • Cut a piece of cardstock 5.25" x 4" to attach the starburst rays onto.  This piece will not be viewable when done.
  • Cut several coordinating cardstock pieces at 4.5" x 1.5".  I choose three different cardstocks from DCWV Mainstreet Stack.
  • Cut each of the 4.5" x 1.5" pieces in half on the diagonal.  Ink the edges of each with Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink.
  • Tape each diagonal cut around the 5.25" x 4" cardstock cut.  Trim off edges to create a clean looking starburst. 
  • Cut a 5.25" x 4" mat (green tweed).   Attach starburt to mat and attach to card base.
  • Punch a 1" circle (solid green).  Attach butterfly (from Martha Stewart punch).  Mount with foam tape where all starburst cuts come to a point.  White gel pen and Liquid Pearls used to create the antennae of butterfly.
Inside of Card

Inside of card:
  • Mat 1 (green tweed) = 5" x 3.75".  Paper from DCWV Mainstreet Stack.
  • Mat 2 (beige) = 4.75" x 3.5".
  • Butterflies = from Martha Stewart punch.


  1. Marilyn, those paper strips really draw your eye in! Love it! ~andrea

  2. Thanks for the tutorial on how to do this background! I love the bright and pretty papers you used!
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  3. Great take on the theme. I love how you created your own background from the paper rays. Lot's of work went into this and it shows. Great job. ♥ Denise

  4. This card is fabulous! I love the sun rays I'm too timid to try making those yet hehehe!

  5. I've always thought I wouldn't have the patience to do this technique, but your instructions make me think I can handle it. :) You did a great job on this challenge!

  6. I LOVE this card!! I wish I had the tutorial when I did mine a few weeks ago, I really struggled. You rocked this, great work.

  7. I love the design of your card and background Marilyn. The contrast of colors particularly from the red patterned paper is striking. Great Card! xx

  8. Beautiful, I'm a little intimidated to try myself, it looks stunning!