Cupcake Toppers

by Kim Hughes

Decorate your cupcakes with stamped images.


  • White Cardstock
  • Stamps Paper Smooches - Birthday Buddies, Halloweenies, Bee Mine, Space Cadet, Santa Paws, Briny Blue used here
  • Dies, Paper Smooches Number Dies used here
  • Ink
  • Adhesive, Glue Dots and tape used here
  • Clear and Green Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Paperclip, round clip or wire
  • Toothpick or stir stick
  • Glue Pen, Sakura glue pen used here
  • Glitter pen
  • Copic markers, or other coloring medium
  • Circle Punch
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Gems, Googly eyes or other embellishments(optional)


  1. Step 1

    Stamp the witch from our Halloweenies stamp set onto white cardstock and color just the bottom.

  2. Cut the bottom of the witch and place the paper directly into the cupcake.

    Ideas to note:
    Use the Santa from our Santa Paws stamp set for a Christmas cupcake (you can stick him out of vanilla white snow).

    Be sure to research food safe coloring and crafting mediums if you're going to have a finished image directly touching the cupcake.

  3. Step 2

    Die cut a number from white cardstock using number dies.
    Press the paper number face down onto a Versamark ink pad.

  4. Gently lift the inky number with tweezers and dip into embossing powder or pour powder over the front.

  5. Step 3

    Heat emboss and stick number into frosting.

  6. Ideas to note:
    Use a toothpick to raise the number off the cupcake if desires

  7. Step 4

    Add personality to stamped images with googly eyes and bling. (The reindeer is from our Santa Paws stamp set)

    Ideas to note:
    Stamp eight reindeer and add a Santa to another cupcake top for a fun table decoration.

  8. Step 5

    Stamp image and color. You don't have to stay in the lines if you are fussy-cutting the image. (The dolphin image is from Paper Smooches Briny Blue stamp set).

  9. Punch a small circle, add an adhesive dot to the back of the dolphin and the circle and press between a toothpick.

    Ideas to note:
    Create an entire ocean scene by stamping and cutting out many ocean friends.

  10. Step 6

    Stick the toothpick into the cupcake.

  11. Step 7

    Die cut the chick image and stamp onto the white cardstock. (Birthday Buddies stamp set and Buddies dies used here.)
    Color with Copic markers.

  12. Apply tape to the toothpick and cover with the stamped image side.

    Ideas to note:
    Dies make the perfect "clean" backside to the topper. You can add glitter to the stamped image as well.

  13. Step 8

    Stamp image ( Martian is from Space Cadet stamp set) onto a punched or die cut circle and color with Copic markers. Use a Quickie Glue pen to color the glass part of the spaceship

  14. Apply clear embossing powder over glue, tap off excess and heat emboss.

  15. Step 9

    Ideas to note:
    Instead of using a toothpick, you can use a stir stick from Starbucks.

  16. Step 10

    Stamp the bee (from Bee Mine stamp set) onto white cardstock and fussy cut around the image
    Color with Copic markers.
    Add glitter using a glitter pen to the wings.

  17. Bend and twist a circle clip to make it look like the bee is hovering over the cupcake

    Ideas to note:
    Use a paperclip or wire to create a coil for the bee.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Cupcake Toppers. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Wondering how you keep the paper toppers (the witch and the#2) from absorbing moisture/grease from the frosting?
Erin Loftis  |  Wed Oct 9, 2013 at 8:12 AM
Eat Fast
Carolyn  |  Wed Oct 9, 2013 at 2:30 PM
Hello Erin
I'd stick the paper into the frosting right before serving. And then to do what Carolyn suggested - eat fast smile

Heat embossing the ink will help to seal the ink as well.

Maybe you can try to stamp onto wax paper?

hope these suggestions help smile
Kim Hughes  |  Wed Oct 9, 2013 at 2:57 PM
LOVE this idea and I'm not a baker; guess Ill use it on store bought cupcakes. I have a few fun Halloween dies and stamps that will be perfect!
Cards 24-7  |  Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 5:53 PM
These are all just adorable Kim!
Pam Loris  |  Fri Oct 11, 2013 at 5:19 AM
You can also use a product called Rice Paper. As the name implies, it is made from rice and is edible. I buy it at my local baking supply store. I have used whole sheets of it to decorate with stamps and then place on sheet cakes. Works specially well with fondant frosting. This could be tweaked to use with cupcakes- just cut the paper as needed after stamping and stick into the frosting.
Tammy  |  Wed Oct 16, 2013 at 8:27 AM
I love this but how food safe is this?
lynxie  |  Wed Oct 30, 2013 at 7:55 PM

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