Paper Lace With Fiskars Punches: Sunburst Punch

Handmade Sepia & Brown Greeting Cards With Paper Lace made using the Fiskars Sunburst Border Punch

Fiskars Sunburst Punch

Paper Laces Made Using Fiskars Punches

Photo #1 shows some handmade greeting card designs that incorporate paper lace made using the Fiskar's "Sunburst" border punch. Photo #2 shows a close up of just the paper laces.

Here is a photo of the Fiskars Sunburst Punch:

The Fiskars Sunburst Border Punch, Which I Use To Make Paper Lace

Where To Buy a Fiskars Sunburst Border Punch: If you don't already have one of these punches, you can buy them at the following places:
  • Scrapbook.com.
  • They are also available for sale at Createforless.com.
  • It is also possible that you might find a good deal on one of these at ebay. However, if you are thinking of buying from someone on ebay, please be sure to check feedback and buy from a trustworthy seller.

Making Paper Lace With The Fiskars Sunburst Punch:

One of the topics explored by paperlaces.com is "Making your own paper lace". There are so many ways that this can be done, but one of the easiest ways to do it involves using Fiskars punches. Fiskars manufactures a variety of punches, including border punches, embossing punches, corner punches, and circle border punches. In some cases, creating your paper lace is as easy as choosing a paper, choosing a punch, and punching. Simple! Yet the results are gorgeous.

Here's How to Make These Paper Lace Borders:

  • I started with a plain sheet of neutral brown/ kraft cardstock . (These paper laces were all made from the same sheet of kraft cardstock; they do appear to be different colors, but that's because of all the different colored inks I applied to them in the last step.)
  • I used my Fiskars border punch in the sunburst pattern to punch the die-cut, scalloped lacy pattern. Fiskars border punches are wonderful to punch with, because they have guides that help you to align your pattern. This helps you to avoid making mistakes when you punch.
  • I cut the lower edge using the orange-handled pair of Fiskars Paper Edgers, otherwise known as the "mini scallop" pattern. Now, I know a lot of scrapbookers who make fun of decorative scissors. Yes, they are kind of "old school", but I use them ALL THE TIME when making my own handmade paper lace. And the "mini scallop" pair of scissors is the pair that I use the most often. They are really versatile and they add a nice finishing touch to just about any paper lace you'd want to make. You could actually use just about any pair of paper edgers to finish the edge of this paper lace though.
  • I inked the paper laces with various inks: Tim Holz Distress Inks and Fluid Chalks. (The inking is optional, but it really adds a nice touch to your finished paper lace.)

You probably already have some ideas for how you could use these paper lace borders in your paper crafting projects. You could use them in lots of different ways: decorate your scrapbooking layouts, your handmade greeting cards, your altered art and altered books, your art trading cards and ACEOs, or just about any other paper project where you'd want a hint of lace. But, in case you're drawing a blank on what to do and make with these paper laces, I've come up with lots of free project ideas to share with you.

Greeting Cards Incorporating Paper Lace Made Using Fiskars Paper Punches

Group of Greeting Cards Made With Paper Lace in the Fiskars Sunburst Design

Basic Cardmaking Instructions For All The Greeting Cards Shown:

Use Strathmore White Bristol Board as the basis of the card. I prefer smooth finish Bristol board, but vellum finish or any other finish would work fine. Actually any heavy paper or heavyweight cardstock would probably work OK. I recommend bristol board because it is hefty enough to withstand being painted on, inked, chalked, glued, collaged, and layered. The cards shown here have lots of layers and inking. In my experience, Bristol board stands up to abuse a lot better than cardstock does.

Cut the bristol board into greeting card sized pieces and fold them in half using your bone folder. These will become the actual card. You will add papers and embellishments on top of this part.

  • If your pad is 8.5"x11", cut the bristol board in half so that you have two 5.5" x 8.5" pieces of bristol board.
  • If your pad is 11" x 14", make one cut at 8.5" so that you will have an 8.5"x11" piece and a 5.5" x 11" piece. Then cut the 8.5"x11" piece in half as above.

Golden Bella Flora and Wild Saffron Card With Scalloped Paper Lace

Handmade Greeting Card With Sunburst Pape Lace From Fiskars Punch Here's a handmade card that incorporates some of the paper lace shown above. The paper lace in this particular card was made from kraft cardstock as shown, but the paper lace was not inked. You could definitely ink your paper lace if you prefer. In this case I was going for a "clean" look, but I think maybe I'd like it better if it were a little "inkier" and "grungier". Inked edges would definitely make the paper lace stand out more.

The theme of this card is floral, and the focal point is the layered stamped flower in the center. I love the warm colors used in this card: sepias and browns and yellows, with a touch of grayish blue, a touch of orange and a touch of pink. The card incorporates lots of lovely lacy effects: scalloped edges galore, and even a ready made paper lace label.

Tools & Supplies Used:

  • Papers:
    • Basic Grey Perhaps East of the Sun
    • Basic Grey Perhaps Snow Queen
    • Basic Grey Perhaps Deirdre (I purchased all three of the patterned papers listed above as part of the Basic Grey Perhaps 6"x6" pad. I do recommend getting the 6 x 6 pad for use in cardmaking projects such as this one, but the BasicGrey Perhaps papers are also available in other sizes and as single sheets if you prefer that.)
    • Kraft Cardstock
    • Strathmore White Bristol Board.
  • paper edgers:
    • Mini Scallop by Fiskars. (used on the paper lace.)
    • Clouds by Fiskars (this is the larger scalloped design.)
  • Bone Folder
  • Adhesive of your choice.
  • Punch: Fiskars Border Punch in the Sunburst design. (used to make the paper lace.)
  • Stamps:
    • Bella Flora Mini Stamp Set by Inque Boutique

Instructions For Making This Greeting Card:

  • Using the kraft cardstock and the Fiskars Sunburst punch, make the paper lace as shown above, and set it aside.
  • Follow the instructions shown above under "basic cardmaking instructions" for making the card using bristol board.
  • Cut a 4.25" x 5.5" piece of Basic Grey's "East of the Sun" paper, ink the edges if you like, and adhere it to the base of the card.
  • Using your Fiskars "Cloud" paper edgers, cut a strip of Basic Grey's "Deirdre" paper. The strip should be approx 2.5" wide (the scalloped part) by 5.5" (the straight edge.) Adhere it on top of the card.
  • Attach the Yellow Lace Eyelet Wild Saffron label on top of that.
  • Attach the handmade kraft paper lace on top of that.
  • Ink the Inque Boutique "Great Shapes Journaling" stamp around the edges, but avoid inking the lines in the center of the stamp. (Well, unless you want the lines to appear. It's your choice.) If ink does get on the lines, you can wipe it off with a tissue or q-tip. Stamp on Basic Grey Perhaps Snow Queen paper. Cut around the stamp with the Fiskars mini scallop paper edgers. Adhere to the card.
  • Stamp 3 different sizes of the flowers from the Bella Flora stamp set using different colors of ink. Use gel pens to emphasize the edges of the flowers where necessary. Cut around the edges of the flowers with Fiskars mini scallop scissors. Layer the flowers together and fasten them in the center with the Hot off the Press brad. Adhere to the card.
  • Add your own personalized greeting inside, send and enjoy.

Motifica & Wild Saffron Paper Lace Greeting Card

Cardmaking Project: Sepia Card, Paper Lace, Fiskars Punches, Bella Flora Stamps by Inque Boutique, Basic Grey PapersI love how this warm yellow and sepia toned card turned out. The torn paper and distressing create a casual, informal effect and the paper laces add feminine flair.

Tools & Supplies Used:

  • Fiskars Sunburst Border Punch
  • Patterned papers from BasicGrey's Motifica collection (Good luck finding them! This paper has been discontinued.) I used 3 different patterned papers from the 8 x 8 pad. Feel free to substitute other similar papers if you don't have these.
  • Kraft Cardstock (used for making the paper lace)
  • Inks- Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain
  • Vintage metal buttons. I used 2 floral metal buttons nested inside each other. Again, feel free to substitute with whatever buttons you have in your stash, because I doubt you are going to find the exact same buttons I used.
  • Bella Flora Mini Stamp Setby Inque Boutique
  • by Inque Boutique
  • Yellow Paper Lace Tag is From the Wild Saffron Collection by K & Company
  • Mini Scallop Paper Edgers by Fiskars
  • Adhesive of your choice.

Instructions For Creating This Greeting Card:

  • Using the kraft cardstock and the Fiskars Sunburst punch, make the paper lace as shown above, ink with Tim Holz Distress Inks, and set it aside.
  • Follow the instructions shown above under "cardmaking basics" for making the card using bristol board.
  • Cut a piece of BasicGrey paper to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" & attach to front of card.
  • Tear a piece of BasicGrey paper & attach to front of card
  • Attach a yellow paper lace label/ tag from K & Company's Wild Saffron collection to the front of the card.
  • Next, adhere 2 pieces of your handmade paper lace made from the Fiskars Sunburst Punch onto the front of the card.
  • Ink the round journaling stamp from the Great Shapes Mini Stamp Set by Inque Boutique. Try not to get ink on the journaling lines in the center, but if you do, wipe the excess ink off with a tissue.
  • Stamp the image onto BasicGrey paper. (See photo below for positioning.)
  • Ink the larger flower stamp from the Bella Flora mini stamp set by Inque Boutique. Stamp it into the center of the previously-stamped circle from the Great Shapes Journaling stamp. Please take a look at the photo below to get a better idea of how I positioned the stamps on the paper. You don't have to do it exactly like I did it, but I'm showing you how I did it just in case you do want to duplicate this effect exactly.BasicGrey Motifica Paper Stamped With Bella Flora and Great Shapes Journaling Stamps.
  • Cut around the round stamped image with Fiskars Mini Scallop Paper Edgers Scissors.
  • Sew the button(s) into the center of the stamped flower using sewing thread and a needle.
  • Adhere the entire round stamped image with button(s) onto the front of the card.
  • Personalize the greeting on the inside of the card using either sentiments stamps or your own handwriting.
  • Send and enjoy!

Purple Bella Flora Greeting Card With Paper Lace:

Purple Handmade Greeting Card With Paper Lace

Here’s another handmade card that incorporates the same basic paper lace design shown above; only the color is different. The paper lace in this particular card was made from pink cardstock, and then the paper lace was inked with bright fuschia, magenta and purple inks. My camera didn't really pick up the subtle variations in color tone; the paper lace looks like a solid color in the photos. Of course, if you like the solid look, you could always just use a purple or magenta cardstock to start with, instead of starting with a solid pink cardstock and then inking. That would save you a step.

The theme of this card is floral, and the focal point is the stamped flower. The card also incorporates many rich design elements, including flourishes, scrollwork and damask-style medallion motifs. These rich purples are some of my favorite colors. The touches of paper lace finish it off and add a bit of pizazz.

Tools & Supplies Used:

Instructions For Making This Greeting Card:

  • Using pink cardstock and the Fiskars Sunburst punch, make the paper lace as shown above. Ink the paper lace with a variety of brightly colored pink and purple inks for a subtle variegated effect. Set the paper lace aside to be used later.
  • Follow the instructions shown above under "cardmaking basics" for making the card using bristol board.
  • Cut a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of the Making Memories Boho Chic Lauren purple paper.
  • Stamp in the lower right corner using purple ink plus the larger corner flourish stamp from the Bella Flora stamp set by Inque Boutique.
  • Adhere the stamped Boho Chic paper onto the front of the card
  • Adhere the paper lace onto the front of the card overtop of the stamped Boho Chic paper
  • Stick the Creative Imaginations Sonnets sticker onto the front of the greeting card; it will be stuck overtop of the paper lace and part of the stamped image on the paper.
  • If you were able to find the same garlic wrapper at Trader Joe's, cut out a part of it and attach that overtop of the Sonnets sticker. If you weren't able to find the garlic wrapper, choose a piece of purple printed paper (either floral or paisley would be great, but you could use pretty much any patterned paper you like.) Cut a scrap of it and attach that overtop of the Sonnets sticker.
  • Stamp the larger flower stamp from the Bella Flora stamp set by Inque boutique. I stamped it onto a scrap of Boho Chic purple paper. It doesn't matter too much which paper you use, most papers would work fine. I stamped the flower using a vibrant fuschia/ pink-ish purple ink.
  • Outline around the edges of the stamped flower using glitter gel pen.
  • Cut out the flower using the Fiskars Mini Scallop Paper Edgers Scissors.
  • Attach the pink brad in the center of the flower.
  • Trace around the brad with a glitter gel pen if desired. (I did this for additional emphasis on the flower center.)
  • Attach the flower to the front of the greeting card.
  • Send and enjoy!

Pink "Bella Flora" & "Perhaps" Greeting Card With Paper Lace From Fiskars Sunburst Punch

Pink Boho Greeting Card With Paper Lace Made Using Fiskars Punches

This lovely handmade greeting card combines several dramatic design elements. It's a delightfully feminine design. Like the card shown above, the theme of this card is also floral, and the focal point is the "Bella Flora" stamped flower.

Tools & Supplies Used:

Instructions For This Cardmaking Project With Paper Lace:

  • Follow the instructions shown above under "cardmaking basics" for making the card using bristol board.
  • Cut a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of the pink distressed "Dancing Shoes" paper from the "Perhaps" 6 x 6 pad by Basic Grey. Adhere to the front of the card.
  • Punch the paper lace using your bright pink cardstock and your Fiskars Sunburst Punch. Set aside.
  • Using Fiskars Mini Scallop Paper Edgers or scalloped decorative scissors, cut out a piece of BasicGrey's Sari paper slightly smaller than 3 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches. Attach to the front of the card on top of the "Dancing Shoes" patterned paper.
  • Adhere the hand punched paper laces (sunburst design) on top of the patterned papers as shown.
  • Cut a diagonal strip of the Making Memories Boho Chic purple paper, using the medallion motifs as a guide.
  • Ink the larger floral stamp from the Inque Boutique Bella Flora Mini Stamp Set. I used a fuschia / magenta / hot pink ink.
  • Stamp onto the diagonal cut strip of purple Boho chic paper.
  • Outline the edges of the stamped flower with gel pen. Doodle a scalloped edging around the outside edge of the flower.
  • Attach the pink brad to the center of the flower.
  • Outline the pink brad with gel pen to make it stand out.
  • Adhere the entire cut strip of boho chic paper, flower and all, to the front of the card at an angle as shown. Trim off the excess.
  • Personalize the inside of the card with sentiments stamps and/ or a handwritten greeting to the recipient.
  • Send and enjoy!

Pink Bohemian Gypsy Paper Lace Greeting Card

Pink Gypsy Paper Lace Greeting Card

This card combines floral motifs with Bohemian chic, Gypsy motifs and distressed elements for an eclectic but pretty finished project. The finished card is sure to delight both the hippie chic and the shabby chic lovers among us!

Tools & Supplies Used:

  • Pink Cardstock
  • Patterned papers from the 6 x 6 Perhaps pad by BasicGrey
  • from the Romani / Gypsy line by BasicGrey
  • Mini Scallop Paper Edgers by Fiskars
  • Dye Inks by Rubber Stampede
  • Colorbox Fluid Chalk
  • Adhesive of your choice.
  • Fiskars Border Punch in the Sunburst design (for making the paper lace)
  • Epoxy Sticker is by Creative Imaginations / Sharon Soneff. From the "Urban Gypsy" Collection.
  • by Inque Boutique.
  • Plus Glitter Gel Pens
  • And Adhesive of your choice.

Instructions For Making This Pink Bohemian Greeting Card With Paper Lace:

Cardmaking Project in Progress: Pink Bohemian Gypsy Greeting Card With Fiskars Sunburst Paper Lace
  • Follow the instructions shown above under "cardmaking basics" for making the card using bristol board.
  • Using your Fiskars Sunburst punch, make the paper lace using the instructions above and pink cardstock. Ink the paper lace with your choice of pastel colored inks. Fluid chalks recommended.
  • Cut a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of the pink distressed paper from the "Perhaps" 6 x 6 pad by Basic Grey. Adhere to the front of the card.
  • Tear a strip from a floral patterned piece of paper taken from the Perhaps 6 x 6 pad by BasicGrey. Adhere the torn strip of paper to the front of the card.
  • Attach the paper lace to the front of the card overtop of the torn strip of paper.
  • Ink the round journaling block stamp from the "Great Shapes Journaling Mini Stamp Set" by Inque Boutique. I used a purple colored fluid chalk for this.
  • Stamp onto floral patterned paper from the "Perhaps" 6x6 pad by BasicGrey.
  • Cut around the round stamped shape with the Fiskars Mini Scallop Paper Edgers.
  • Take a good look at the Dali patterned paper from the Romani / Gypsy collection by BasicGrey. Notice that there are 4-pointed shapes that are in the design. Cut out one of these shapes. (This cutout will be placed directly under the epoxy sticker on the front of the card, so take a look at that for an idea of the shape you are looking for.)
  • Take your epoxy sticker and stick it onto the shape you cut out in the step above.
  • Attach the sticker and cutout shape onto the Great Shapes journaling block cutout.
  • Outline the epoxy sticker with glitter gel pen to make it stand out. (I used glitter gel pen with purple ink.) Doodle scallops all around if desired, if you want to make the card look exactly like mine. In retrospect I'm thinking I might skip the doodles if I were going to do this card over again, but that's up to you.
  • Adhere the Great Shapes journaling block cutout and epoxy sticker combo onto the front of the card.
  • Outline around the outsides of the paper lace to make it stand out.
  • Personalize the inside of the greeting card with stamps and a handwritten message to the recipient.
  • Send and enjoy!

Project credits: These projects are all original designs by Amy Solovay.

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I hope you enjoy these free paper lace and cardmaking projects and ideas. Please be sure to check back often for updates, because I will be adding more projects frequently. Thanks for taking a look!

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