DIY Color Burst Cupcake Toppers

Posted by Natalie Wright
Dress up your dessert with Color Burst Cupcake Toppers. Learn how to use this trendy mixed media powder pigments in a whole new way!

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Hello, creative friends! If you love mixed media as much as I do, you are going to love what I made with my new Ken Oliver Color Burst powder pigments. They are traditionally intended for mixed media projects, but I just knew they would be perfect for a handmade paper party too!

I was playing around making my own patterned paper, and I just love how it turned out. When you have such pretty paper, why not celebrate, right? Here's what you need to re-create these:

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  • Ken Oliver Color Burst Powder Earth Tones
  • Strathmore Watercolor Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape Runner
  • Sucker Sticks
  • Water Spritzer
  • Paper Towels

To get started, first cut cupcake liners and pennants from your watercolor paper. You can cut them by hand, or use your electronic die cutting machine. You will need one cupcake wrapper, and one pennant for each cupcake.

Next, using your Color Burst powder pigment, lightly spray each cut paper piece. The Ken Oliver pigments kind of poof out of the bottle. It helps if you tip it on it's side, and don't squeeze too hard. A little goes a really long way! You can also build the layers on your paper, so start small and work up to the coverage you want.

Next, use your water spritzer to add water to your paper. Spray all the areas covered by the pigments. You can spray lightly and see the color kind of burst around the page. It definitely has some wow factor! The more water your use, the more you will see the pigment spread. If you are unsure how much to use, practice first on some scrap paper.

When you are done adding water, allow your cut paper pieces to completely dry. Then assemble them together by adhering the cupcake wrappers, and glueing sucker sticks to the pennant flags.

Insert the sucker sticks into your cupcakes, and you are ready to celebrate!

You could easily make more party projects, like a banner or even tags for goodie bags. The Color Burst bottles go a really long ways, so use as much as you need to make the perfect party.

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Happy crafting!