Use Cricut Contour to Create a Sunburst Layout

This past week, I shared my Fourth of July sunburst layout with you for the Here Comes the Sun blog bop. This red, white, and blue layout looked like a firework exploding on the Fourth of July. Did you happen to wonder how I created that background? Well, today you are being blessed, because I am going to show you how to make a sunburst background of your own in Cricut Design Space.

To make this background, I used an image from the Artbooking collection and altered it with the Cricut Contour Tool. The Contour tool allows you to hide a portion of an image by removing any unwanted cut lines or contours. In Windows or Mac, the Contour Tool is located on the right side of the Canvas below the Layers Panel. In the Android and iOS app, you can find Contour under Actions.

Before you start to Contour an image, you will need to select it. For my project, I duplicated the image twice. One image will create the Kraft background and the other two images are going to be used to create the red and blue sunburst rays.

To create the first set of sunburst rays, I selected one of the images and clicked on the Contour Tool. When the tool is selected, a Hide Contour window opens with a close-up view of the contours, or cuts, on the image. You will see the contours in the image photo and as a list on the right side of the window.

When you click on the cut line you wish to hide or select the contour to be hidden from the menu at the right of the window, the hidden contour will change to a lighter shade. This indicates that the portion of the image chosen will no longer show as part of the image and will not cut.

On my project, I removed the background image and selected every other sunburst to create the red striped rays. I repeated this process with the second image to create the blue star pattern rays.

Once all the contours had been hidden, I could cut out my project from the pattern papers in the Stars & Sparklers collection. The rays fit perfectly into the background design and could easily be added to my project.

After assembling the Sunburst background, I added my photo, some stickers and Cricut cut stars, and a few star-shaped wooden images.

If you would like to learn more about using the Contour Tool and watch this layout come together, I have created a simple tutorial and process video for you.

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For those who missed out on my original post showing the layout, here are a few photos of the embellishment clusters. You can learn more about how it all came together, here on my blog, and check out some other artwork showing you how to use sunbursts.

I hope that today’s project inspired you and taught you a few new tricks in Cricut Design Space. If you are wanting to learn how to use your Cricut machine and would like to create some projects in Cricut Design Space, I invite you to join my Cricut Classroom.

Each week, I teach an hour-long Live class which is recorded and uploaded to a classroom website. You are also provided with free project links and downloadable notes for your Cricut Classroom Notebook.

Make sure to check out a few of my other Cricut tutorials, here on my blog and my YouTube channel. My hope is that you dust off that Cricut machine and create something new.

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Four Memorial Day Military Cards

Memorial Day is right around the corner and many of you will be remembering loved ones on this day. One way we can honor those whom we have lost is through supporting those who are currently serving. In my video tutorial, I share a few ways you can alter these cards to send to active military personnel, but many of you might know someone who is serving locally or someone who has recently served who would also enjoy these cards. I hope that you are inspired by these creations and show your support to those who are currently serving.

These four cards are being debuted for Memorial Day because I wanted to honor those who have been lost, but you could also recreate these for the Fourth of July or Veterans Day.

Did you know that Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day? Due to so many lives being lost during the Civil War, more lives than any war in U.S. history, there was a need to create our first national cemeteries. Decoration Day was a springtime tradition spent decorating fallen soldiers’ graves, reciting biblical scripture, and singing hymns.


All four of these cards were created using our Sunburst Background thin cut die and the Because of the Brave stamp set. The minute I saw that stamp set and the Stars & Sparklers papers, I knew that I wanted to create some cards I could send to our local base.

I created each card a little differently from the rest and made a few feminine cards for some amazing women who are currently serving. The card with the female officer was a very simple one to make.

After creating the background, I layered two circle shapes behind the stamped image, then completed the card with a floral sticker, gold thread, and a simple sentiment.

The floral card was inspired by so many cards I have seen with sunburst backgrounds. I just fell in love with that floral paper pattern in the Stars and Sparklers collection and wanted to compliment it with a simple red, white, and blue element.


Here is another little Memorial Day tid-bit for you. Did you know that one of the earliest commemorations was organized by newly freed African Americans? Over 250 of their fellow freed soldiers died in a prisoner camp in South Carolina and the bodies were hastily burred in a mass grave. In May, after the war ended, a new, proper burial site was created decorated with flowers and showered in hymns. This was considered one on of the first Memorial Day ceremonies of remembrance.


I am a bit partial to the red, white, and blue and these last two cards just scream Fourth of July and Memorial Day, don’t they? A friend of mine told me that one of the cards reminded her of a firecracker.

To create the multi-colored “Brave” sentiment with the Because of the Brave stamp set, I used a technique where I create a simple mask with a sticky note. It is very easy to do and creates amazing results.

In my video tutorial, I walk you through the process to create each of these cards. I share tips for designing a Sunburst background, show you how to create a masked stamped image, and share a few fun cardmaking tricks. I hope that this project inspires you to create a few red, white, and blue cards of your own.


For those who are remembering lost ones they love this Memorial Day, I send prayers of peace and gratefulness. For those who are currently serving, I want to send you blessings and thanks. May you remember those who have been lost, support those who currently serve, and honor those who have given so much for our country.

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** more information about Memorial Day can be found at https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history

Welcome to the New Product Blog Hop

Our new catalog has been out for a few weeks now, and our blog hop team has been working on some designs featuring products in this May June idea book. There are so many amazing items this season and we can’t wait to share a few of them with you. If you have not had a chance to see the new catalog, yet, you can view a walk-through video here

Our monthly blog hops are a wonderful way for you to gather a few ideas for future projects. Feel free to Pin these projects directly from each of our blogs and save them for later.  You may be just starting here or you may have come from Haley Dyer’s blog – either way, you are in the right place.  When you are finished viewing my Memorial Day Military Cards, click the link at the end of my post to “hop” on over to the next website. If you get lost along the way, you will find the list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


When I first opened the catalog, three new products caught my eye — the Stars & Sparklers papers, the Sunburst Thin Cut die, and the Military-themed stamp sets. I knew right away that I needed to create a series of cards for Memorial Day. This is just one of the cards I made for my upcoming video.

The background for the card was created using the new Sunburst Background thin cut. This metal die has been designed to help you easily create a starburst background without any extra measuring.

I love how simple it was to put the background together. If you choose to make a stack of these cards, as I did, I suggest you get yourself an organizer to place all the like-sized pieces into. I used a magnet board for mine, but my friend Jayma use a muffin tin and it worked great.

Since these cards are military-themed, I chose the Stars & Sparklers papers for my sunbursts along with some Sapphire and Kraft cardstocks.

I cut out all the pieces at once, organized them on my scrap’n easel, then started to arrange the patterns onto the cards. The designs on each card have colors, patterns, and images that repeat throughout the sunburst. This helps draw your eye to each of the images I added.

On this specific card, I chose to only use the patterns with stars and stripes with a kraft-colored background. I wanted it to replicate the flag and hero image I used on the project. I also duplicated the circle-shaped background with a stitched shaker circle frame. This not only draws your eye to the central images, but it adds a little texture to the card.

The stamped images were created using the Because of the Brave stamp & thin cut set. I am so glad we have some more military images I can use on cards and scrapbook pages. If you are in Canada, there is a set for you, too, called We Stand on Guard for Thee. There are a few images on this stamp set I would also like to use, so it is the next purchase on my wishlist.

I hope that this Memorial Day Hero card has inspired you to use a few products from the New Catalog. I will be posting a video tutorial on my YouTube channel later this week showing all four cards I created for Memorial Day with step-by-step instructions. 


Now head on over to Krista Hershberger’s blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all of the team blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas using products from the May June idea book. Remember, the items in our season catalogs are only available while supplies last. If there are any products currently on your wishlist, you might want to head on over to my site and grab them sooner than later.  

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