DIY Tim Holtz Bird Crazy Cupcake Toppers

Posted by Lori Williams
Use Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamps & dies to create adorable cupcake toppers for any party that you want to add a little fun to!

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Today's tutorial I'll walk you through step by step how to create these fun and bright cupcake decorations for any festive party using Tim Holtz's Crazy Bird collection. We'll do a little watercolor, die cutting, pleating and paper piecing...heck let's go crazy. These cuties are sure to put a smile on any face.


  • Tim Holtz Bird Crazy Stamp set
  • Tim Holtz Bird Crazy Dies
  • Tim Holtz Rosette Decorative Strip
  • Spectrum Aqua Markers: Marine, Blossom, Orchid, Moss, Kingfisher, Sunset, Purple and Gold
  • Water Color Paper
  • Black Embossing Powder
  • Foam Tape
  • Water Color Brush Set
  • Versa Mark Ink
  • Coredinations White Card Stock
  • Embossing Heat Gun
  • Ken Oliver Best Ever Craft Mat
  • Circle Die
  • Prima Chalk Ink: Blossom Tree
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Wood Skewer

Stamp your bird images with Versa Mark ink on the watercolor paper or any other heavy weight card stock.

Cover the stamped images with embossing powder, remove excess powder and then set.

Place the coordinating dies over the top of the heat set birds and tack down with tape. This will ensure the dies don't wiggle or move during the cutting process. Cut with your die cutting machine of choice.

Now the fun part, the coloring. Using the Spectrum Aquas, paintbrush and a little water color in the birds. I dilute my color from the pens with a little water, just be sure to always add to the color and not directly to the pen. To do this I like to use my Ken Oliver Craft Mat and color a bit of color down on the mat, then add water, then pick up the color with the brush. If you add water directly to the pens it will ruin them.

You can see I've added color to all the outside of the bird with the most diluted portion going towards his belly and the intense ink on the edges.

Now add a complimenting color to the tummy of the bird and blend. Here's another little tip, when you're working with Spectrum Aquas keep a paper towel handy. When you pick up the color from the mat, touch your brush to a paper towel to soak up excess water...this is going to help so you don't flood your project and have more control with the color.

Stamp another set of matching birds and cut out the beaks and eyes of each of the birds with the coordinating dies. You can color the beaks too. Then add the eyes and the beaks to the base bird using foam tape. This is going to make them really pop and come to life.

Cut out two rosettes strips from the Tim Holtz die for each cupcake topper you wish to create. Fold the strip once it's cut into mountains and valley's and then glue together. I then colored with one of the spectrum aqua pens the outer edges of the rosette for additional color.

Cut out a circle from white card stock a bit bigger than your birds and ink the edges. I love the Prima chalk inks, they make distress inking like this super easy.

Using a hot glue gun, glue your dowel in the center of the circle and then top off with the rosette that is topped with a CRAZY BIRD.

You can really go crazy and even add party hats or accessories with your birds if you want, but I just let my colors be the festive part of mine.

Now you're ready to bake your cupcakes, set your table and get ready to have some fun with these delightful little creatures. They are sure to make any celebration colorful.