Need Your Ideas! What Colors Should I Use?

Decorating By Newbie Updated 17 Apr 2005 , 9:31pm by Newbie

Newbie Posted 16 Apr 2005 , 5:31pm
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I'm making a 70th birthday cake for my mom. I'm using a sepia toned photo of her as a child, and I want the cake to have an 'old-fashioned' color palette. I've molded buttons (she's an expert seamstress and always loved changing the buttons on my clothes for a new look when I was a kid) and painted them pale colors and used pearl lustre. I want to add a MM fondant hankie drape. My dilemma is colors! How do I look 'antique' without looking like a sickly shade of brown/tan.

Your ideas and input are very much appreciated!


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pastrypuffgirl Posted 16 Apr 2005 , 5:43pm
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some shades of yellows would work, even a pale lavender can still look antique. These colors might help accent the sepia but add a little color icon_smile.gif

peacockplace Posted 16 Apr 2005 , 5:49pm
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I would go for pale colors like pink,yellow, or purple. They don't have to look brown to look old. If you make the tone vary a little, like ligther in some places it could look faded. Or maybe if you just use liget colors it will look faded. Or, If you are going for an old white hanky, you could use just a touch of the ivory color paste. And then add lustre dust. icon_smile.gif

flayvurdfun Posted 16 Apr 2005 , 6:17pm
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you know I have always thought the wilton Ivory color was beautiful, and thought if I were ever to do a wedding/antiquish looking cake I would have to do it in ivory...I even bought the color gel for it, havent used it yet. Then I think the earthy colors, delphinium blue, juniper green, aster mauve may be very complimentary......

Lisa Posted 16 Apr 2005 , 7:00pm
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I think muted shades of pink and green would be pretty.

Newbie Posted 17 Apr 2005 , 7:15pm
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I've posted the finished product in the gallery. I like the way it turned out, but somehow it looked alot different in my head. The yellow is pretty but not what I intended - I was going for just a shade over ivory. Color mixing is still quite a challenge for me - only been doing this for about 6 months now.

Still, I'm pleased. Let me know what you think.


Lisa Posted 17 Apr 2005 , 8:46pm
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Newbie...I thought it turned out great thumbs_up.gif ! All the buttons were so pretty.

flayvurdfun Posted 17 Apr 2005 , 8:49pm
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very nice!

GHOST_USER_NAME Posted 17 Apr 2005 , 9:07pm
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Newbie Posted 17 Apr 2005 , 9:31pm
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This is high praise coming from all of you. Thanks so very much for your help and inspiration!

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