Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Tutorial: Calorie Free Birthday Cake

I've had some requests for a tutorial on making the "calorie free" birthday cake. This is a cute little do-dah and so easy to put together.
In the main tutorial photographs you will see cuts from the round scalloped Nestie dies, however you can also use your Cricut.
I have shown the Nestie sizes. I cut four sizes. The larger size is the "plate" where the cake sits. The very top has a small round scalloped punch. The flower or embellishment will sit on this.
Pattern Papers: Two paper pattern designs. Cut two for each size except for the largest.( That is the plate.)
Cardstock: Cut two for each size. One size is sandwiched between the pattern papers and you may use one of the extra white cuts as a layer between the pattern paper layer.
Two plastic scotch tape rolls
Two white cardstock strips to cover the scotch tape rolls.
Glue gun.
Gold Paint (optional). I take a brush and edge all layers with gold paint. I tried a Metalic Pen but had problems getting a nice edging because of the small scallops.
Stickles - Icicle
Cricut Cuts: Accent Essentials (or any cartridge that has a scalloped circle cut). I cut the largest (plate) at 4 inches, and then each layer is decreased by a 1/2 inch.

The plain cardstock is sandwiched between two pattern papers for each size. This will give the cake layers a nice sturdy layer and the underside pattern paper looks nice.. I alternate the two patterns for each layer.
The largest scallop (the plate) is kept white cardstock and embossed. I emboss all layers with my Cuttlebug swiss dot folder.

I cut two embossed strips of white cardstock. Those are glued to the scotch tape rolls.
Embossed rolls. Looks like a layer of whipped cream between the cake layers.
Now the stacking begins. I tried glue but found the adhering is best with my glue gun. The scotch tape roll has a hollow center so I concentrate on getting the glue on the edge of the roll.
When all layers have been adhered and the glue has cooled, I add the Stickles to the seam of each layer. This not only covers up some of the glue but it strengthens the bonding. The very top of the cake has two options: Flower Punch with jewel, or a small flower embellishment.
The loose cuts are Cricut cuts.
This is a close up of the finished little cake.
I create a small box with an open Nestie cut, add some transparency so the little cake shows once in the box. If you have any questions, please email me.


abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

This is very cool! You also just gave me an idea! I have been saving the plastic rolls from the ATG tape and if I glue a few together, it would be the same width as the scotch tape roll!

"Um Buggin" said...

Carole, what an awesome creation! I have some empty tape rolls, didn't have a clue to what I would use them for until now. Thanks for sharing this wonderful creative idea. Love it!

Hugz, xx


bonnie said...

Oh wow so cute...what a fab idea! ;) Hugs x

Tanya said...

I've made these cakes before but never with the tape rolls! Such a wonderful idea! TFS :)

Danielle said...

this is super cute!

Lori said...

Fun tutorial and a darling little cake! I had no idea I needed to be keeping tape rolls!

Anonymous said...

I saw your post on the Cricut MB and hopped on over to check out your blog! I would love to try this with my Accent Essentials cartridge! Thanks for sharing this very creative and fun idea!

Diane Hodrick said...

LOL...I gotta go unroll all my scotch tape. ;) Carole, I just read the sweet comment you left on my blog. I remember your friend, Carol, and that card I sent very well. I sent a poem that a friend introduced me to after I was having a hard time dealing with the loss of my mother. I remember the tissues I needed when you posted pictures of Carol opening her box. And, I thank you for allowing me to be a part of a tangible memory for Carol's sister. I am honored to be in that scrapbook. You are an amazing friend, and a true artist, and one class act lady. Thanks for making me a better crafter...and person. Be well.

DonnaMundinger said...

OMG!!! These are soo darn cute! Something new to be saving. Thanks for the fabulous tut! xxD