Gingham On Cake...airbrush??

Decorating By DebbieHouser Updated 16 Jun 2008 , 10:31pm by Yomomma

DebbieHouser Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 12:15pm
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Does anyone know how this is done? It appears to look airbrushed on buttercream. This person also does stripes in the same way. I'd love to know how it is done. I think it looks awesome. Any ideas?


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Meemawfish Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 12:17pm
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It looks like it might be an edible image. Maybe someone else knows more. icon_biggrin.gif

Kiddiekakes Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 12:24pm
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It does look like and edible image background however I have also seen this technique done by airbrush Also..I too wish I knew how to do it!!

Yomomma Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 2:29pm
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I also want to know how this is done. I love plaid! I got an airbrust for Mother's day so if there is a technique/instructions for acheiving plaid, please share.

vickster Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 2:44pm
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I think you'd just about have to do this by masking. I don't think you could get those straight edges without masking. When I was a graphic designer, we had a tape we used that would stick pretty good but also peel off easily. Something like painters tape, but thicker so it wouldn't stretch and distort. I haven't tried masking on fondant, but I'm about to do a picnic table cake and I'm going to give it a try on the table cloth. Last time I did one of these I cut out a gazillon red squares of fondant. It was a pain.

LeanneW Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 3:04pm
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I tried masking on fondant with painters tape and it didn't stick.

I tried it b/c I saw them do it, or something like it, on ace of cakes. maybe I should pay closer attention.

let us know how it goes Vickster

strawberry0121 Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 3:06pm
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Maybe you could pm the person who made this?

DebbieHouser Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 3:08pm
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It came off a website. I think I will email the decorator and see if she'll share her secret.

strawberry0121 Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 3:10pm
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Ah! I see. It really looks like an edible image to me as well. But I would love to know how people do it with air brush.

AshleyV Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 3:32pm
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I don't usually post anything but this topic caught my eye b/c I teach airbrushing classes.
That isn't an edible image it was done on buttercream with an airbrush. The technique for gingham or stripes is achieved using a stencil which you can purchase or make yourself depending upon your needs. Then it just takes practice icon_smile.gif
I hope that helps!

strawberry0121 Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 4:15pm
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I would LOVE to take air brushing classes! It could add a whole new dimension to my cakes. So, can you tell us how to make or where to get a stencil for this effect? Thanks!

bisbqueenb Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 4:27pm
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It is done with an airbrush and stencil. You can make your own stencils out of a variety of things...paper, acetate, the plastic you find under bacon is another good thing to use! For this plaid, you would cut stripes and spray with them vertical then horizontal. The stripes can be uniform width or various widths. You can vary the density of color [ by spraying heavier on the edge of the stripe] to give it the shaded effect on each stripe and you get the heaviest color where the stripes overlaped when you do the opposite angle. You can also do multi color stripes and get a totally different 'plaid' look! Fun to do and really easy once you get the hang of it! If you use a plastic stencil you can re-use it over and over again.....paper is good for a one shot cake.

To get the frame look as in the sample, you need to put down something on the cake to block the spray from the stencil, leave it in place until you are completly finished with the plaid portion of the design.

strawberry0121 Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 5:31pm
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Thanks for the tips!

So, do you just make it so you can spray one strip at a time? If so, how do you prevent the air brush color that have already sprayed to not get messed up when you move the stencil?

Or do you make several, enough to cover the whole cake?

Thanks again!

bisbqueenb Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 6:44pm
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When I make a 'plaid' type stencil, I make it to fit the cake so I do not have to move it around for each stripe. I use an Exacto knife to cut the stripes, what ever size and as many as I need to completely cover a cake. I have one stencil for a 12x18 cake that will work with smaller cakes as well. By varying the angle you place the stencil on the cake you can get a variety of patterns from the same stencil.

You can get an interesting effect by spraying the vertical stripes in a soft color, maybe yellow, then moving the stencil just a tiny bit to expose some white, and spraying again with a complimenting color say blue. You end up with each stripe having 3 color yellow, green [where the colors overlap] and blue.

Change the position of the stencil to horizontal and repeat the same order....very interesting how the colors blend, some dark and some light!

have_your_cake Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 6:59pm
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I can't wait to try this! I like the idea of making one large plastic stensil so you can do many sizes. I also like the over lapping color idea. Thanks so much for sharing these ideas!

Linliv46 Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 7:14pm
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I did a round cake similar to this with edible image stripes scanning scrap booking paper. Really easy and a different look!


icer101 Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 7:16pm
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roland winbeckler has this technique in his books..... i have them and his stencils.... i play around with them at times... i have frances kuypers books and carol faxons books also... they are all great.... they help you to teach yourself.... that is what i did... hth this picture has been airbrushed in the background

kurn Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 7:24pm
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The stencil is a Magic Mist Stencil.

kurn Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 7:26pm
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icon_redface.gif did I do something bad?
I have the stencil...thought I'd share where to get it.

strawberry0121 Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 7:29pm
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Not sure what happened with your link. Thanks, everyone for your generosity!!

DebbieHouser Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 7:52pm
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I found your stencil and see that the company started with Sugar and ended with craft. I believe there is some feud with CC and them. So that's why it was blocked. But i did find the stencil so that is cool.

mommycakediva Posted 12 Jun 2008 , 11:03pm
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This looks awesome and sounds pretty easy to do. Just got an airbrush awhile go so looking for any new way to use it! Will definatly be trying this!

Yomomma Posted 13 Jun 2008 , 2:29pm
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AWESOME! thumbs_up.gif Thanks to those that shared info & links!

I've been kinda bummed w/ my airbrush - I reallly wish there were classes available so I could learn full use of this tool as it applies to cake/cookie decorating - are there?

Now that I know I can achieve this look (Plaid!) I'm motivated to experiment more.

mindywith3boys Posted 13 Jun 2008 , 4:46pm
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I still can't find the stencil. icon_cry.gif Apparently I'm not smart enough...

Yomomma, don't give up on your airbrush. I had a lot of problems with mine in the beginning. My DH bought it for me for Christmas and I thought he had just gotten a bad one. It kept spitting paint out. I found that I was pushing the button down too far. I didn't realize that you were supposed to just barely push it down. I love it now! You'll figure yours out!

vickster Posted 13 Jun 2008 , 7:18pm
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Mindy. You have to be ultra fastidious with the airbrush about keeping it clean. I keep a bucket of water near by when painting. If you take a break, stick it down in the water and run water through it so your color doesn't dry inside. Otherwise you'll have to take it apart to clean it. Sputters and splatters usually mean some dried "paint" inside.

mindywith3boys Posted 13 Jun 2008 , 7:23pm
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Thanks Vickster! I did not realize that. Luckily, I have always run water through mine right away, but I didn't realize they were that touchy! thumbs_up.gif

wgoat5 Posted 13 Jun 2008 , 7:24pm
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I made 2 stencils yesterday.. one out of foam board to do my cake board with.. then one out of stencil paper... and cut it out with my hot stencil knife.. very easy and cute too icon_smile.gif

jl5949 Posted 13 Jun 2008 , 8:23pm
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Great Stencil Site, no gigham design...

Wendoger Posted 13 Jun 2008 , 8:46pm
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If ya just google Magic Mist Stencils, you'll come up with a few sites that carry this product....also......
Most regular airbrush techniques may be applied to cake to youtube, type in 'airbrush' or 'airbrushing'....there are many videos on how to get certain looks and all of the basics for airbrushing.

wgoat5 Posted 13 Jun 2008 , 10:50pm
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