We love new methods, new materials, new anything here at PCB. While I am hardly fad driven, I used to work for a paper specialist boutique before becoming a cake decorator and I adore paper craft still. So to use some of that background for cake is a lot of fun. Joanne did an extensive review of the Craftsy Class, and I scanned through that as well. But in the long run, I decided to rely on my own experiences with actual paper for the most part. I took some inspiration from this Paper Flower Book.
My department is also responsible for the edible ink printer at the shop, and I have a certain love for making textures in photoshop -- a dangerous mix for this. I went through my art files and picked a few past textures, adjusted the colors for Anne's palette and started printing. I had already made some tests in white, but now I was ready to execute them in color. I printed on both sides of the paper for maximum effect.
I couldn't help myself! I just kept coming up with new ideas and making different types of fantasy flowers!
I used paper punches for some of the shapes but for the most part, I cut freehand with a craft knife. The craft knife allowed me to cut cleanly through as many as five sheets at a time. Make sure you have a clean, fresh blade before trying to cut many sheets at once!
The assortment grew... I use piping gel to make the paper flexible and to give it more durability in the walk in:
I kept going and eventually Anne came and put them together on a couple of cakes:
I also experimented with printing the templates directly on the textured paper to make it easier for someone other than myself to make the flowers. Here is a peony print sheet (and some petals I started cutting out):
And the finished item:
Then I started making my own graphic prints! And did a decoupage effect on a cake mixed with some shreds of silver leaf I kept from a cake earlier this year. As a side note, the papers are a mix of Sir Thomas Moore's hand writing, Bach's handwritten music, the first few pages of Colette's Cheri (which I typeset and textured in Photoshop), and Sonnets by Shakespeare (likewise with Photoshop) mixed with some random images of an antique quilt I printed out last minuet just to mix it up. I added the silver last, gently placing it over the still damp piping gel then dusted the whole thing with cornstarch to cut the shine.
I have so many new ideas now!
Interested in learning more about wafer paper and cakes? Check out Joanne's review of Stevi Aubile's Delicate Wafer Paper Class!
Anna is a classically trained sculptor and illustrator who started her career in cake decorating with Ron Ben Israel in 2000. Since then she has worked for a number of well known cake studios in the New York area doing complex sugar work and design. Her specialties include freehand painting,...
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