Thursday, April 03, 2014

Flourished Cross Easter Card

I know that Easter is right around the corner.  For some reason, I haven't been in the card-making spirit very recently, but I know I need to make Easter cards for my family.  I decided to make a card using a technique that I have loved ever since seeing it online in many places, but haven't created it yet myself.  The sunburst/starburst technique.  I also try to make religious Easter cards to reflect the true meaning of Easter.

For my card, I decided to go with an understated elegant look.  I struggle with that sometimes since I love to embellish so much!  But for this card I didn't want to take away from the scene I created by adding too many embellishments.
The focal point of the card is a gorgeous flourished cross that is from SVG Attic.  As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for this card.  Plus the set of 3 flourished crosses is only $0.99, what an awesome deal!  I created a blackout shadow of it in my cutting software and cut them with the shadow being 3" tall.  For the sunburst background, I took random patterned papers in the yellow/orange/burgundy hues to mimic a sunrise.  If you are not familiar with how to make that, you can use THIS tutorial that I used.  To add to the background focal point, I hand cut a yellow semi-circle of cardstock to look like the sun.  I also inked the edges of my papers with brown chalk ink to add definition.
To finish it off, I added white rumpled ribbon, a stamped sentiment and three white enamel dots that I made myself out of mini pony beads.  I simply preheated my oven to 375 degrees, added parchment paper to a metal pan and placed the beads, hole facing up on the paper.  I baked them for 25 minutes and they turned out so perfect :)

If you want to see the religious Easter cards I made last year, click HERE.

I hope you have a wonderfully crafty day!

Entering here:
April 5 HIMCR
April 8 Whimsy Stamps
April 8 TTRCD
April 9 Word Art Wednesday
April 10 MFP Inspiration Challenge (I used colors from the first photo)
April 13 Craftin Desert Divas
April 14 Creative Cutting Challenge
April 16 Crafting with Dragonflies
April 30 Crafting by Designs
April 30 Crafty Hazelnut's patterned paper challenge
April 30 DL Art


  1. Hi Beth,
    This is such a beautiful religious card. I get a message of hope when I look at it.

    Thanks so much for sharing your card at Anything goes, Just keep on creating :),

  2. WOW!! I love it!! Beth. This is so pretty I love the rays of the sun shining from the cross -- So symbolic great colors and design.
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes April Linky Party. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

  3. A stunning card Beth which so beautifully sums up the true meaning of Easter. Hope you have a joyous season with those you love.

  4. I love the strong graphic style of this card, quite different to most Easter cards. Thanks for joining us at Handmade Harbour this week - good luck x

  5. A very pretty card. I love how you used the sun rays behind the cross and how it also looks like the fireworks in the sky of the inspiration picture. Great job. Thank you, for joining us for the Speedy TV Inspiration challenge.

  6. This is absolutely beautiful! LOVE the rays you created with the patterned paper--this looks amazing! :) HUGS and have a great rest of the week! Mynn xx

    PS: I'm your newest follower! I'd love for you to hop over to my blog (On a Stampage) because I have TWO giveaways going on right now! :)

  7. Very cool layout! I want to try to do something like this! Love the great cross too. Super card! Thanks for joining us in the MFPSpeedyTV Inspiration Challenge.

  8. Beth, beautiful creation! Love that starburst background! Goes very well! Thanks for playing this week at 613 Avenue Create!

  9. Very nice card. I love the cross and ray design. Thanks for joining us this week at Hiding In My Craft Room.
    Nancy, DT

  10. Absolutely Beautiful. I love it.
    Thank you, Beth, for joining us this week at SpeedyTV's Inspiration Challenge.
    Chris B.

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  12. Great card! I also love your enamel dots! For so many years, I had those little pony beads EVERYWHERE! I hope I can find some now to try this technique with!

  13. Absolutely fabulous - love the layout the background and the cross is perfect. All round a great Easter card with the true meaning of Easter. Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafting with Dragonflies. Ina.

  14. Lovely card, the colors and background look amazing! Thanks for joining our linky party over at Craftin Desert Diva's!

  15. It's beautiful Beth - and the sunburst technique looks fabulous here. Thanks for joining us this fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies for our Easter challenge!

  16. A beautiful card celebrating the true meaning of Easter. Thank you for joining us at The Handmade Harbour. Good Luck!

  17. Thank you so much for joining my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper April challenge with your super card - hope to see you again soon x

  18. Very pretty card Beth!
    Thanks for sharing on Papertake Weekly.

  19. I stopped by to visit my new DT sister's blog. I love this card -- it's so striking! I'm your newest follower!

  20. Gorgeous card!! Thanks for playing along with us at the Handmade Harbour blog!! :)

  21. Wow, such a beautiful and inspirational card! Thanks for joining us at SpeedyTV's Inspiration Challenge this week and hope to see you again soon!

  22. This card is so wonderful. Love the sunburst design and the DP's with awesome colors you chose is great. We are so blessed that you joined us at our Word Art Wednesday Challenge this week. Hope you join us again shortly in our new Challenge. Leaving you with God's Word in Psalm 29:11, "The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace."

    Hugs always,

    JO ANN

  23. What a beautiful card! I love the cross and the rays in the background are perfect! Thanks for joining in the Creative Cutting Challenge!
    Ruth - DT member CCC

  24. Great the papers you used in your sunburst. Thanks for joining us at Creative Cutting Challenge...hope to see you again!!
    DT Leader