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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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)

Here Comes the Sun: Technique Blog Hop

Welcome to our Here Comes the Sun blog hop! This month our team is going to show you a variety of ways to use Sunbursts on your paper crafting projects. 

Whether you are starting here or have come from Kim Loewen’s blog, you are in the right place.  When you are finished taking a look at how I used Cricut images to create a 4th of July Sunburst layout, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.


For Memorial Day, I created a set of military cards with some red, white, and blue backgrounds using our Sunburst Background die. I enjoyed the look of all those Stars & Sparklers patterns so much, that I decided to replicate the design on a scrapbook page.

The background for this page was created using a Cricut cut from the Artbooking collection. I used my Contour tool to remove the unwanted images and cut out each of the “sun rays” from my Stars & Sparklers patterns. Later in the week, I will be adding a video tutorial to my YouTube channel showing you how to create a sunburst background like this.

After designing and cutting out the background pieces, I added my photo to the page onto some layers of pattern paper and PML cards.

Around the photo, I added all sorts of iconic images to reflect my little firecrackers . Aren’t they just too funny?

To be honest, I struggled to get the photo to stand out on the page. With such a busy background, I wanted to make sure that I had a focal point. To prevent the photo from disappearing in the background, I made sure that the frames behind the photo were dark and bold and I placed the photo so that the sunburst pattern draws your eyes to the center of the page.

I also framed the photo with stickers using images to mimic items in the photo. This page has a firecracker theme, so many of the images look like they are exploding off the layout.

To create the title, I cut a 4th of July SVG image I uploaded into Cricut Design Space and layered the cardstock onto some star images from the sticker sheet. I also attached a small wooden arrow to match the other wooden elements on the page.

There will be a process video later this week showing you how to create this sunburst background and all the elements on the page. Make sure that you are subscribed to my channel so that you are notified when that video is added. 


I hope that this project inspired you and gave you a few new ideas for adding sunbursts to your projects. Now hop on over to Brenda Lapp’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Maker blogs to get some great crafting tips and other sunburst ideas. Don’t forget, a few of the products shown here will be retiring on June 30th. If you wish to recreate this design, stop by my website and grab yourself a few supplies before they are gone. 

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Into the Wild Layout for the Heart2Heart Design Challenge

It’s Into the Wild with Heart2Heart, and I can’t wait to show you what I created. Before I do, I wanted to remind you that these challenges are open to everyone throughout the entire month. To enter, simply link the design that you created with CTMH products to your blog or online gallery and link it back to this Heart2Heart challenge. It’s so easy.
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For the Into the Wild challenge, I decided to step outside the box a little bit.  I feel that there are times we won’t purchase a product because of the name, or, because of how we see it being used. Today, and I going to show you a few different ways that you can use some of our Close to My Heart products and maybe you will join me outside the box.

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Here is the layout I created using our Into the Wild products. As you can see below, the Into the Wild products “appear” to be designed for adventures and baby boy projects. Do you see any of those themes in my layout?

Of course not. I chose papers that would complement my photos.♥ The blue tones and star patterns were perfect for a patriotic, small town parade. I added the star die cuts, a cute saying sticker, and a portion of a title from the complements.  Not a single one being used as intended. Do you want to know what else I used “outside the box”?  Our Share the Joy Thin Cut die.

I carefully cut a solid border by placing my die onto the cutting plates in a way that the die would not cut through in the center and create a solid piece. This took a little time, but the outcome is adorable. I wanted the border to appear like a shaker element, but did not want all of the sequins to shake to the bottom of the page. I decided to glue the sequins in place so that they appeared to be randomly moving on the page. How fun is that?!

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So, here are my challenges to you, my friend. 

  1. Share one of your creations at the Heart2Heart blog or at least stop by and be inspired by some lovely artwork.
  2. Think outside the box a little. Just because the paper suite has a specific title or a die was used for cards, doesn’t mean you can use it some other way.

I hope that this layout inspires you to get your photos off your phone and onto a page. Record those memories and share your creations with us at the Heart2Heart blog.

♥ I can’t wait to see what you create!!

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