ntertayneme Posted 6 Jun 2005 , 7:32pm
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Ok.. I finally got time to unbox my Canon IP3000 to set it up and print out a picture that I'll be using on a cake this Saturday ... we're having my FIL's birthday party here at my house .. there are 8 kids and all the grandkids, my FIL's brothers and sisters all coming .. it will be a huge crowd .. lol ... anyway, I had a pic when all of the kids were together at another occasion (this doesn't happen often).. well minus one of the kids because he didn't want to be in the pic, but I cut/cropped him into it anyways .. it came out wonderful!!!!

I had a few probs at first.. the printheads didn't want to align .. then when it did finally start printing, the picture came out really really yellow .. it looked terrible!! So I did a clean on the printhead and that did it .. musta have had something in one of the printheads... I finally got the image to print and I think it came out really well icon_smile.gif My DH thought it was awesome (even w/the one brother cropped into the pic, lol) ... I'm letting it sit out to dry and will put it in a ziplock bag soon to keep until Saturday when I put it on the cake... hopefully, I won't have any probs peeling it off the sheet to put it on the cake.. I'm not real sure how to even do that lol .... anyone that's done this, any advise you can give me is appreciated icon_smile.gif

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veejaytx Posted 6 Jun 2005 , 9:32pm
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Way to go, entertayne me! I still haven't gotten mine unpacked...I've already got two printers and I'm not too sure when I can set this one up!

Thanks for sharing your experiences, it will give me some help when I finally do get mine out!
I'm glad your picture came out well for FIL, I know he will love it! Janice

CIndymm4 Posted 6 Jun 2005 , 9:38pm
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Oh, I'd love to have one!!! My daughter saw some cakes that had the printed images on it and she was coming up with all kids of ideas for me! icon_lol.gif I do think it would be alot of fun, just can't justify the cost at this point. Can't wait to see your cake!

ntertayneme Posted 6 Jun 2005 , 9:43pm
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Thanks, I'll make sure and post a pic of it .. I'll blur the faces on it if they're distiquishable (is that a word?) lol

CIndymm4 Posted 6 Jun 2005 , 9:47pm
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Oh, I forgot about the face thing.....guess you'll just have to do something else and post a picture...hee hee......I'm sure you want to play with it some more, don't you? icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

traci Posted 6 Jun 2005 , 9:58pm
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Hello. In my experiences with edible images...I find that putting it into the freezer for about five minutes makes the back come off easily. Then you place it on the cake right away. I try to rub ice on my hands and then dry them off so my hands won't be hot! It makes it easier to handle the image. Best of luck with this...I can't wait to see how it turns out!
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GinaJuarez Posted 6 Jun 2005 , 9:58pm
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I thought I read on here taht the rule is that if the picture is part of the cake(such as edible image), you can show the face. It's if they are not, like showing a kid blowing out his candle's, that gets you in trouble. I swear I read that!!!

Mjmil7 Posted 6 Jun 2005 , 10:07pm
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Ntertayneme,

I just made my second cake Saturday with my new edible image printer and I just love it! (Pictures posted in the gallery-Desert Pool Party and a hummingbird image). The only problem I had with the second image was that I waited too long to put it on the cake. I was letting the icing crust a bit so I could smooth the top with waxed paper so when I went to put the image on, it wouldn't stick. You can just place a damp paper towel over the area to soften up the icing a bit and then apply your image. Lisa has a E-book that she sent to me that is fantastic and tells everything you need to know about printing images, cleaning your printer, etc. Just pm her and I'm sure she can send it to you. Have fun with your printer! I'm just looking for excuses to make a cake so I can print out an edible image.

ntertayneme Posted 6 Jun 2005 , 10:07pm
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You may be right GinaJuarez... seems like I remember a cake topper someone did w/the anniversary couples pic on it .. the faces where not blurred .. not sure though .. I'll have to find out before I post it though icon_smile.gif

GinaJuarez Posted 6 Jun 2005 , 10:22pm

I love being right!!! thumbs_up.gif j/k

http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-3030-picture.html+rules

Lisa Posted 6 Jun 2005 , 10:56pm

Isn't it great! I love my printer! Some tips...before printing an image you're unsure of on a frosting sheet, you can do a test print on a piece of regular printer paper (draft quality and smaller). This way you don't waste any expensive frosting sheets.

To remove the edible image from the backing, just try to gently peel at one corner. I pick the one that will get the least attention. If it won't peel easily, blow dry it for 30 sec to a min until it stiffens just slightly. Then it'll peel right off. The freezer works too but any moisture droplets could ruin your image and there is the chance of it breaking/tearing as your trying to peel it. I've also heard of putting them in the micro on defrost...don't do this! I tested a strip and the backing reacted like a shrinky dink in fast motion-LOL!

You can also smooth your cake after applying the edible image...just wait for the BC to crust and go around the image with strips of viva paper towels.

Have fun with your printer! You'll find so many uses.

traci Posted 7 Jun 2005 , 3:01pm

If you decide to go with the freezer method...as long as you do not leave it in there for a long time you should be fine. I have always done it this way and never had a problem. Have fun! thumbs_up.gif
traci

ntertayneme Posted 7 Jun 2005 , 4:04pm

Thanks Lisa and traci icon_smile.gif I have it stored in a ziplock bag awaiting application to the cake ... I'll probably bake the cake Thursday night and finish decorating it on Friday night, which will be the day before the big party ... I looked at the sheets and kind of got scared thinking how was I going to peel that thing off there ... lol

I read somewhere that you can smooth the cake, let it crust then apply the edible image from the center out to the edges to get it flat .. does that sound right?

Lisa, you said you can smooth the cake with the Viva papertowel with the image on it and it won't hurt it? Did I understand that right? I crumb coat mine, let that dry a bit.. then I come back w/a second coat of icing which is the one I do the final smoothing of.... I use the papertowel method like you do... that's the only way for me! lol

Lisa Posted 7 Jun 2005 , 4:22pm

You can let the cake crust just a tiny bit before putting on the image...not too much though or it won't soak into the cake. By waiting just a bit, you can kind of move the image around until you get it where you want it. I don't do this anymore but I did when I was just starting out. I find that if you hold the image centered over the cake and lay it down...middle first...it almost always goes on straight.

You can smooth the cake after you've put the edible image on...just go around it and use a really soft touch. I do it all the time especially when I want a paper towel pattern on the surface. Like on this cake...

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diane Posted 7 Jun 2005 , 5:21pm

for those of you who have a canon printer that does edible images, make sure you plan on using it regularly. if you don't you will have problems with
it coming out light. i read somewhere if you have problems with it if you use edible ink that the company doesn't cover it under their warranty.

Lisa Posted 7 Jun 2005 , 5:42pm

You have to store your inks and clean your print head if you're not going to use it for a while or the print head may clog and the inks dry up.

Your printer is still under warranty even if you use edible inks. That was just a rumor that was floating around.

ntertayneme Posted 8 Jun 2005 , 12:52pm

Lisa, what is the longest time you've left your printheads in? I printed mine on Monday. I haven't taken them out yet, but I will this evening... I have the printhead cleaner cartridges too... I'm not sure how to use them though lol ... do you do a "clean" with them in the printers properties page? how do you store your cartridges? I thought about putting each on in a ziplock bag and all of them together in another one...

mohara Posted 8 Jun 2005 , 1:27pm

How did you find out about the warranty still being valid???

MrsMissey Posted 8 Jun 2005 , 2:06pm
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Originally Posted by ntertayneme

Ok.. I finally got time to unbox my Canon IP3000 to set it up and print out a picture that I'll be using on a cake this Saturday ... we're having my FIL's birthday party here at my house .. there are 8 kids and all the grandkids, my FIL's brothers and sisters all coming .. it will be a huge crowd .. lol ... anyway, I had a pic when all of the kids were together at another occasion (this doesn't happen often).. well minus one of the kids because he didn't want to be in the pic, but I cut/cropped him into it anyways .. it came out wonderful!!!!

I had a few probs at first.. the printheads didn't want to align .. then when it did finally start printing, the picture came out really really yellow .. it looked terrible!! So I did a clean on the printhead and that did it .. musta have had something in one of the printheads... I finally got the image to print and I think it came out really well icon_smile.gif My DH thought it was awesome (even w/the one brother cropped into the pic, lol) ... I'm letting it sit out to dry and will put it in a ziplock bag soon to keep until Saturday when I put it on the cake... hopefully, I won't have any probs peeling it off the sheet to put it on the cake.. I'm not real sure how to even do that lol .... anyone that's done this, any advise you can give me is appreciated icon_smile.gif




A few tips:

To remove the image from the baking, try rolling it ove the edge of your counter..it helps release the image.

Wait a few minutes for your icing to crust a little bit, it's easier to move the image if it is place on there crooked. I never seem to get mine in the right place the first time!!


A great way to get a smooth image on your cake...try using a large angled spatula and run it over the image after applying the image to the cake. No indentations from your fingers and a nice smooth finish. Be careful not to hit the icing with the spatula!

I was also told by the company that sold me the printer that the Canon warranty is void if they know you are using edible inks!

Hope this helps!

ntertayneme Posted 8 Jun 2005 , 2:33pm

I had heard somewhere on here also that the warranty would be void if edible inks were used too ...

My question is, how long can you leave the edible inks in the printer w/o them drying out?

Do I need to clean after each use if I don't use it again w/i a few days? Has anyone used the cleaning cartridges?

Lisa Posted 8 Jun 2005 , 3:56pm
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Originally Posted by mohara

How did you find out about the warranty still being valid???




I had to do some research. I contacted several of the companies that sell edible imaging products and what I found out was...

Canon doesn't have the legal right to void you warranty if you use your printer for edible imaging. The edible ink cartridges produced/used are in a category called aftermarket manufacturers. According to Federal Law, even if you use edible inks...your warranty is still valid.

The main concern about this though is that if you bring/send your printer in to be serviced, it may be tested with regular inks and that'll contaminate your print head.

Lisa Posted 8 Jun 2005 , 4:07pm
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Originally Posted by ntertayneme

Lisa, what is the longest time you've left your printheads in? I printed mine on Monday. I haven't taken them out yet, but I will this evening... I have the printhead cleaner cartridges too... I'm not sure how to use them though lol ... do you do a "clean" with them in the printers properties page? how do you store your cartridges? I thought about putting each on in a ziplock bag and all of them together in another one...




I've left my inks in for a couple weeks no problem but others haven't been so lucky. Maybe no more than a week is a good standard. To store your inks, remove them from the print head, cap them (with the caps that came on them...usually orange) and seal in a ziplock bag and then in an airtight container. Install the cleaning cartridges and either run a cleaning cycle (Properties/Maintence menu) or just print any small picture on regular paper. Leave the cleaning cartridge in until the next time you plan to use your printer.

When you get ready to print your next image, remove the cleaning cartridges and store the same way as the edible ink ones. Replace the edible ink cartridges, do a nozzle check test on regular paper. If that is OK then print image.

ntertayneme Posted 8 Jun 2005 , 4:33pm

Thanks so much for all the info Lisa!! I really do appreciate your taking time to let me know all of this!!

traci Posted 8 Jun 2005 , 11:37pm

Thanks Lisa for all the info! I am learning a lot about this equipment! icon_razz.gif
traci

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