Sadly, the end of summer is quickly approaching. But we say it’s not over until the sun has set on Labor Day! So we are bringing you another fun summer tutorial. Ashley Lee of Craft Crate is showing us how to make a snow cone tumbler topper with Culture Sculpt!
Tumblers are so fun to make and even more fun to sport. And a tumbler with a great topper is even better! We have seen some amazing tumbler toppers from our artists and this one is no exception. In the video below, Ashley shows us how to make a snow cone tumbler that is the perfect compliment to your summer tumbler designs!
Ashley uses Culture Sculpt, Snow Cone Sprinkles, and Brea Reese Alcohol Inks to get her snow cone effect. The process is a simple one and Ashley breaks it down into easy to follow steps. That means you will be on your way to making your own snow cone toppers in no time. So grab your Culture Sculpt, and let’s get crafting!
How to Make a Snow Cone Tumbler Topper
If you have never made a tumbler topper before, you are in for a lot of fun! There are lots of different types you can make. From ice toppers for your margarita cups to whipped cream and sprinkles for hot cocoa tumblers. And everything in between!
Ashley’s snow cone topper worked perfectly with her leopard print patriotic tumbler. She used red and blue alcohol ink to color the two outside sections of her topper. But you can use any colors that will compliment your tumbler design! There are tons of alcohol ink shades to choose from so you are sure to find something you love.
If you are getting super excited about this project and are looking for more fun summer tumbler toppers, check out our post, Making Summer Straw and Lid Toppers. You’ll learn how to make fabulous ice toppers. AND how to make a topper for your straw!
How to Make Removable Tumbler Toppers with Magnets
If you wanted to, you could build your tumbler topper right on the lid of your cup. The problem with that, though, is that moisture can get in between the lid and your Culture Sculpt/resin when you wash it. The solution that most tumbler artists have adapted is the removable lid.
To do this, they use a flat plastic blank that has a straw hole cut out and is the perfect size and shape to fit inside a tumbler lid. Then they build the topper onto the blank base and leave the lid as is. Small magnets are attached to the lid and to the tumbler topper.
That way, the topper can easily be removed for washing and drying. And, if you aren’t feeling like a topper for your tumbler on a day, you can simply leave it behind and use your tumbler like normal.
…With UV Resin
One of the best ways to attach your magnets is with UV Resin. It only takes minutes to do and you know your adhesion is as strong as it can be! You will want two magnets on opposite sides of the lid and the topper (lined up so they will attach to each other).
Put a dab of UV Resin in the two spots you have chosen to use on your lid. Then place one magnet on each and place it under your UV Lamp for 1-3 minutes to cure. Then repeat the same process on your topper. And that’s it! You have your removable topper!
How to Make a Snow Cone Tumbler Topper
- Start by grabbing equal amounts of Parts A and B of the Culture Sculpt. Then combine them together with your gloved hands. Knead the two together until completely combined.
- Next, form your combined Culture Sculpt into a ball that will fit onto your topper base.
- Then gently press the ball onto the base. Don't squish it down too hard because we want to keep the rounded shape. Round and dome it out until it is the snow cone shape you want.
- Next, use an exacto knife to cut out a hole for the straw above the hole in the topper base.
- Then, while the Culture Sculpt is still wet, lay out a piece of parchment paper. Sprinkle and roll on the Snow Cone Sprinkles. Gently press them into place around the whole ball. You don't want to push too hard. But also need them to stay in place.
- Next, drip small amounts of the alcohol ink onto the topper. Use a very light hand so the separate colors don't mix too much. Ashley made her topper red, white, and blue. So she left the center of the topper white and did blue on one side and red on the other.
- Once the ink is dry, seal it with Quick Coat and let that dry. Then add a layer of combined Artist Resin to the topper so seal and protect it. Make sure the resin gets down into all the nooks and crannies of the ice crystals.
- Allow the resin to fully cure and your topper is ready for magnets!
The Finishing Touches
And that is how you make a fabulous snow cone tumbler topper! It’s easy to do and adds so much fun to your tumbler designs. If you sell your tumblers, toppers are also a great way to up sell to your customers. It’s hard for people to resist a adding a matching topper to their tumbler order!
A big thanks to Ashley for sharing her time and talents with us! If you want to see more of her work and what she is up to, you can check her out on the socials. She is on Facebook, Instagram, and her website!
And, If you want to check out one of the other ways to use Culture Sculpt, we have a great Culture Sculpt Resin Coaster Tutorial for you too! Or How to Make a Gnome Tumbler! And you can always use the search bar in our Artist Support Page to search any of our products and find projects and info from other artists who have used it!
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