How is it Monday again? It feels like there’s altogether too many Mondays in a week. Still today is a better Monday than most as it’s also Chocolate Cupcake Day. Yep apparently that’s a thing, and who am I to argue? Now all I need to do is find a chocolate cupcake. I’m not much of a baker, unlike my daughter and especially my son-in-law, but I can stamp. So here’s my contribution to this special day…
CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE & FROSTING
I’ve been having a lot of fun with the Sweets & Treats Stamp Set, and today it was the cupcake I needed.
I began by stamping it onto a scrap of Thick Very Vanilla Card using Early Espresso ink. Then I had to find the right browns from my Stampin’ Blends alcohol marker collection.
TIP – keep some scraps of the same card you’re working on close by and scribble your colours onto that. This will help you see exactly what the colour will look like before you add it to your image. It’s also a great place to try layering different colours to make new ones!
In the end I coloured the sponge part with dark Cinnamon Cider and then went over it with Bronze. For the frosting I used the light Cinnamon Cider to add a line at the top of each swirl. Then I blended that out using Ivory.
For the cake liner I needed something that really contrasted well and for that I chose Bermuda Bay. First I drew a line up each of the vertical lines on the image using the dark marker. Then I added more of the dark shade at the bottom and flicked the pen up a little so it didn’t create a perfectly straight line. Then I went over the whole of the cake liner with the light Bermuda Bay.
With the colouring complete I cut out the image using Paper Snips and set it aside.
A LITTLE GINGHAM
Moving on, I found a lovely grey gingham pattern in the Peaceful Place 12″ x 12″ Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. I cut a 2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of the DSP, along with a piece of Smoky Slate Card the same size. Then I fixed the two strips together using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
Next, using more liquid glue I attached the cupcake image to the gingham piece. Then above that I stamped “A tasty treat for someone sweet” from the Sweets & Treats Stamp Set using Early Espresso ink.
To turn the assembled piece into a bookmark I used the Detailed Trio Punch to add an oval hole at one end. Then I threaded some Gray Granite 1/4″ Shimmer Ribbon through the hole and tied it in a knot. Job done.
Now this is the kind of cupcake I can make, and it’s entirely calorie free which is a bonus. Enjoy!
For more projects using the Sweets & Treats Stamp Set see these earlier blog posts:
- First outing for Sweets & Treats
- Sweets & Treats for a simple project
- Sweets & Treats – cupcake edition