Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Mad Hatter Cupcake Toppers


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When I was preparing my Mad Tea Party, I just knew I wanted some meringues on the table, because they remind me of childhood. You should have tasted my mom's meringue - they were made with love and sweeter than the best cake in town. In order to fit into the Mad Hatter theme, I needed to make personalized toppers which would rise to the occasion. It goes without saying that the hat is a great symbol to our character and I love hats! So I made these little DIY stamps for the cake toppers:




I had so much fun making the stamps, that in the end there were three different designs. The more, the merrier, isn't it? And because of the tea party color scheme in red and aqua, I used red ink to make the little toppers. Also, these are DISAPPEARING cupcake toppers, because of the Cheshire Cat who had this annoying habit of disappearing all the time in such an abrupt manner. So the topper sticks are part wood and part white, looking like they are invisible from the bottom down. At least, that was the idea :)







I'm gonna break the tutoral into two easy parts, the DIY stamps and the cupcake toppers. You can use the stamps tutorial to make stamps fpr a bunch of different applications. Stamps are great for card-making, gift tags, personalised wrapping paper and anything else you can think of.
1. Draw your design on the eraser with a sharpie. The eraser must be good quality because you don't want your stamp to crumble because of a bad rubber texture.
2. Use a stamp cutter and trace all the outlines of the design. Work slowly and use a steady hand.
3. Get rid of all the rubber surplus on the inside and on the edges of the eraser. You need to have a clean cut and the final shape should stand up from the rubber base. This way, the ink will only adhere to the design.
4. Press the stamp on an ink pad and then onto your paper or cardboard. Work gently in order to avoid any ink mess and apply a steady pressure for a few seconds.





Phew, that was easy! Now let's continue with the cupcake topper steps:
1. Take a toothpick and dip it in white paint. The paint should cover half of the toothpick length (for the disappearing effect). Repeat with all the other ones. I dipped them directly into the paint jar, as you can see.
2. Let the toothpicks dry completely for half an hour. Remove the ones with imperfections.
3. Fold the stamped piece of paper in half, apply glue and insert the wooden tip of the toothpick inside. Press firmly. The toothpick should be now attached to the paper like a flag.
4. Cut the free side of the flag in order to make a "V" shape. The cupcake topper is now complete.





So here they are. The disappearing Mad Hatter meringue toppers for my Mad Tea Party:




UPDATE: The Mad Hatter Toppers have been featured at Confetti Diaries. Thank you so much :)

39 comments:

  1. Love these! And love that you made your own stamp to make them!!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie, the stamp making is by far the best part of it all!

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  2. Meeha, I wish I have words for this; this is superb! Fabolous idea! And the outcome!
    I really really loved your tea party!

    You rock, girl ;)

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    1. Thank you, Ana, I miss the tea party, also! Sometimes I wish my whole blog could be the tea party :D

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  3. Oh those teeny stamps are so cute - just love your designs! And the tea party looks just delightful - wish I'd been there. Thanks for the fabulous inspiration.

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    1. Thank you so much, Ann, I'm glad you like the little stamps :)

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  4. These are awesome~ Love the little stamps you made.. what a great addition to the Mad Hatter Tea Party!
    Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!
    xoxo
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

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    1. Thank you so much for making time to visit, Amie :)

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  5. So cute! And you have so much patience making that stamp. I'm in awe!

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    1. Thank you, Tiffany! You should try your hand at stamp making, too - it's a lot easier than it seems (and lots of fun!)

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  6. Now these are cool. Love these toppers!

    Katie
    www.funhomethings.com

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    1. Thank you so much for the visit, Katie!

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  7. So cute!! Thanks for linking up at Take it on Tuesday.

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    1. Thank you so much for making time to visit, Betsy!

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  8. These are beautiful cupcake toppers! I am currently reading Alice and Wonderland (the board book) with my daughter and I've been thinking about designing a Mad Hatter themed party. I might have to add these cupcake toppers to the list.

    I wanted to invite you to share them on my blog's link party. We love great party inspiration and I know my reader's would really enjoy learning about this project.

    http://confettidiaries.com/2012/09/wednesdays-goodies-link-party-1/

    Thanks again for sharing!

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  9. Love the stamps!! Thank you for sharing them at the Tuesday To Do Party!
    Smiles!
    Jami
    www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much for making time to visit, Jami!

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  10. Mad Hatter parties are our favorite!!! This is a fabulous blog post! Everything is stunning!!!! We did a Mad Hatter party a year ago for my daughter and her friends, everyone dressed up, sooooo fun!!! I did a blog post about our journey through Wonderland, or a couple of posts, tee hee hee! Thank you for sharing! I am a new follower of your blog and invite you to join mine as well, would love to see you there! http://flourishwithavintageflair.blogspot.com/

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  11. thank you so much for this...I just bought some carving rubber blocks to make my own stamps...this gives me some more inspiration...xo

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  12. Very cute! And your meringues are just perfect! Liz

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  13. Too darn ADORABLE! I love the stamp you made and these are just darling!

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    1. Thank you so much for making time to visit, Holly!

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  14. Love love love this - I am slightly addicted to Once upon a time!

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    1. I'm so happy that you like the little Mad toppers, Mel :)

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  15. Those came out great! I have to try to make my own stamps. Looks like it could be fun. Thank you for sharing at our Pinteresting Party!

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    1. Thank you for making time to visit the link-ups - stamp making is much easier than I thought, too!

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  16. these turned out darling! i've never made my own stamp, but you've got me thinking about it :) thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday.

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    1. Andie, thank you so much for making time to visit! I used to think stamp making is hard to do, but you should definitely give it a try, because with a little patience its tons of fun!

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  17. These are adorable! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

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  18. What a terrific idea. Very creative. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you link up again this week. The party will be live tonight. http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

    And don’t forget to “like” my Facebook page if you haven’t already. http://www.facebook.com/TheMandatoryMooch

    Thanks, Nichi

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  19. Great little toppers!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting, Jill, your words mean the world to me :)

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  20. So smart! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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    1. Thank you so much for making time to visit the link-ups, Sherry!

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  21. Wow, you made your own stamp!? Cool! Thank you so much for sharing this on Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust.

    Warmly, Michelle

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    1. Yup, it's pretty easy to make your own stamp - you should try it too, Michelle!

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  22. SUPER Cute! Thanks for sharing at my party! XO, Aimee

    it's overflowing | simply inspired home living

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