Sunburst Paper Piecing Technique for First Holy Communion Card

Green sunburst backgroud

Two of my husband’s adorable nephews both received their first Holy Communion in May. They are close buddies and even though they made their communion on the same day in different places, they had a big party together. It was a lovely day and the sun was shining, which was perfect for the cards I created for them. I know these aren’t your typical muted colours used for religious cards, but these two dudes are full of life and I thought that while there is quite a bit of colour, I didn’t go too mad with bright colours and kept it fairly low key (as far as colour goes!)

To make the sunburst background, I picked out four different patterned papers and cut them into rectangles measuring 12 x 6cm. You will need two rectangles of each colour, then cut each rectangle on the diagonal to give you a total of 16 triangles. Then, you can lay them out of the card where you want them. You can have the “center” of the sunburst in the middle, or you can move it left, right, up or down to give you a different layout.

Close up of sunburst desgin

For the topper, I simply used a cross die on coordinating cardstock and layered it onto a die cut circle of Centura Pearl card. For the sentiment, I used fonts that were on my computer and printed out a test sheet with each font on regular copy paper to make sure the size worked for the card. Once I was happy with the font size and colour, I printed off each sentiment on the same Centural Pearl cardstock, then cut and rounded the corners to fit the front of the card.

For a finishing touch, I added a bit of Wink of Stella to the cross on the green card and Stickles to the blue card.

Materials Used:

Stamps: sentiment created on computer

Inks: n/a

Dies: Paper Smooches Crosses, Tattered Lace Circles die set

Paper: Stampin’ UP! Cherry on Top 6×6 paper stack; Hunkydory Centura Pearl Cardstock Sorbet pack

Other: Wink of Stella clear, Stickles in Icicle


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