My teacher/instructor was recently asking me if I'd seen anything here about making these floral cards out of fondant/gumpaste. I told them I hadn't seen anything, but would ask ya'll.
I think originally they were a regular greeting type of card with a cut-out in the front where fresh flowers were inserted. Some theory that this was a less expensive way to send a floral gift to someone, but I'm not too sure.
Now it seems they are gaining popularity with the card and flowers made out of some sugar and would be edible.
Anybody got any information or ideas? Any help would be appreciated.
Here's a link to one (fresh flower) one that I found.
i haven't seen them before but it looks like it would be really cool in gumpaste!
I have a book that has those in it. I forgot which one. I'll have to go look....
Okay, here are the books that I have that have instructions in them for the pastillage cards:
Cake Top Decorations by Nadene Hurst,
Cake Top Ornaments by Mark Richards, and
International School of Su gar craft Book 2 by Nicholaus Lodge et al.
The cards are made out of pastillage for strength, with the back and front cut out separately and allowed to dry. The ornamentation on the card front and back are added (depending on how you want your finished card to look). Then the two halves of the cover are joined with a fine line of royal icing.
Thanks, Deanna, that is great information.
I guess nobody is actually going to try to eat these, they are just a pretty thing to look at!
Very unique (and pretty darn clever).
WOW!!! That's fantastic
Thanks for the link Janice
At first I thought this was a strange idea, what would be the advantage of making this card and flowers out of sugar...it finally dawned on me that you could keep this forever (well, almost) where the fresh flowers would be gone in a few days!
I'm really surprised not many people have seen or heard about them. I just wish I was as good at making sugarpaste flowers as so many of you are, this would be fun to do!
This idea is bugging me on how to do it. Wouldn't it work to make it like the one in the first photo (link) above.
You know, make a very long strip like it would be a card, with two folds in it, to make the space between the front and back. Then cut out the oval or whatever opening for the front, maybe even glue that oval to the back part of the card as a place to attach some of the flowers that will be coming through to the front.
If it were essentially 3 sided it would stand better, and hopefully there would be room to apply the flowers without having to fasten the two pieces together.
I may have to make/buy some flowers so I can at least try out my ideas. Any other ideas? Please let me hear any suggestions.
I actually came across gumpaste greeting cards online somewhere. Of course now that I'm looking for them I probably won't be able to find them.
So far I've found this: http://www.streichs.com/cgi-bin/streichs/20-437004.html Don't know if it's helpful or not, but.........
My mother has for many years been doing cards like this but with embroidery in them. How she does it is......makes the embroidery (e.g. with names/birthdays etc on it) then has a card that is 3 pieces. the first 2 are the front and back like a normal card with an oval/square/circle cut out at the front(these are joined together - one piece of card folded in two) and then there is a third piece of card that attaches the embroidery to the front bit so that the embroidery shows through the hole but is held into the card by a 2nd piece. This second piece also hides the back of the embroidery with all the knots etc!
Don't know if that helps at all??
Thank you so much, Grace and Jenny, I really appreciate your input.
Thanks for the link, Grace, if I ever figure out what the heck I need to do, the cutter set would be great.
Jenny, I also love the idea with the embroidery as much as the flowers in the card. What a sweet idea for a little gift and remembrance!
If I get this figured out any time soon I'll be sure to let you all know. This is making me nuts, I'm obviously obsessing over this idea. LOL
No problem. Good luck and let us know if you figure out what you're doing.
Hey, Grace! Maybe if you think of it, ask all those nice baker/decorators at cake camp if they've heard of such a thing!