Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cupcakes On A Stick

I created these cupcake sticks for my friend's birthday. I thought they'd be cute with little chalkboard signs on the front. I also thought about filling the tops with seasonal d├ęcor, but I'll leave those little details up to her… since she's the one who has a table at Farmer's market every week.

This is my favorite cupcake liner, of the three. I used a paintbrush to dab water onto the chipboard, then I rubbed away at it until it looked a little worn. Once it dried, I painted it with a wash, then outlined it with white puffy paint.

This cupcake top was created using textured papers. I covered a piece of watercolor paper with a light weight plaster and allowed it to dry. Then I used acrylic paint to add color. Once dried, I cut the colored, textured pieces up into scraps and glued them on top of a piece of chipboard. Then I used DecorArt's Snow Tex to add a little more texture.

This cupcake top was created using watercolor papers that were stained with coffee and food coloring. You could use watercolors, but I wanted to dry the papers quickly in my oven so I wanted something more organic.

How To Create Cupcakes On A Stick

To create the actual cupcakes, I sketched a cupcake on top of a piece of blank chipboard, then cut out the chipboard. I then used Aleene's Super Thick Tacky Glue to adhere the pieces of paper to the chipboard.

Once the cupcakes were assembled, I covered them with a brush-on acrylic sealer. On two of the cupcakes, I added a bit of shine with Mod Podge's Dimensional Magic.

After they dried, I used E-6000 to glue the cupcakes onto a flat, 12" stick.

While they were drying, I painted the cans and sealed them with acrylic sealer. After the cans dried, I stuffed them with shredded paper, then I inserted the cupcakes on a stick and topped the paper off with Elmer's Glue. Next, I grabbed some fake dirt and placed it on top of the shredded paper.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Let's Eat Cupcakes

My friend started a bakery business in California and can't stop showing me all the yummy treats she's making. Sure makes a girl hungry for cupcakes!

After making more cupcakes than a girl on a diet should eat, I opted for creating cupcake art projects, instead.

You probably remember me sharing a few tips on painting with paper scraps and acrylic paints, back in August—which also featured cupcakes. I just applied the lessons I learned there and expanded them a bit.

I created this piece using a 12" x 12" piece of heavyweight scrapbook paper, painted scraps of textured paper, risers, chipboard, chipboard letters, acrylic paints, glitter, Mod Podge® Dimensional Magic, and Super Thick Tacky Glue.

1. I started out by creating the individual cupcakes.

I drew a cupcake on a piece of chipboard and cut it out. Then I painted the chipboard. Once painted, I sprinkled glitter on the bottom of the first cupcake, and used puffy paint to create dots on the second cupcake. After the paint dried, I covered the cupcakes with the dimensional magic.

2. Once dried, I glued the first cupcake down on the paper. Then I adhered risers to the second cupcake and layered in on top of the first cupcake.

3. Next, I glued small pieces of painted scraps around the cupcakes and adhered the chipboard letters.

The only thing I wish I would've done... was adhere the 12" x 12" piece of heavyweight scrapbook paper to a solid surface, like a wood panel or canvas. That way, there wouldn't be the slight buckle you see at the top left corner of the piece.

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