Making Your Own Impression Mat

Decorating By christeena Updated 5 Jun 2010 , 1:59pm by christeena

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christeena Posted 4 Jun 2010 , 8:41pm
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I am needing to make a very specific scroll design for which I cannot find anywhere. I do not freehand very well when the design must be accurately repeated. There has to be a way to enlarge the design, place it under a piece of flexible plastic and use some sort rubber, silicone or plastic medium in liquid form to trace the design and create my own mat.

Does anyone have any idea if this will work?? And how?? Thanks!

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tonedna Posted 4 Jun 2010 , 8:59pm
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Do you have a photo of the design?
If you take some plastic, kind of the same used in impression mats and take
some royal icing and pipe it in there, after is dried you can use it as a stamp.

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christeena Posted 4 Jun 2010 , 10:53pm
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Edna,

Since the royal icing gets rock hard and brittle won't the scroll break when flexing the design around the round tier? I think it would work for a square tier but doubtful on a round! Thanks for the suggestion! Love your videos!

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PattyT Posted 4 Jun 2010 , 11:27pm
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Do you want to eventually pipe by tracing the design or do you need to press it on to fondant?

If you are piping it, what about a stencil? Make your own (time consuming) or I think some places will make custom stencils for you?

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christeena Posted 4 Jun 2010 , 11:50pm
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Patty, do you know who makes custom stencils? I will over pipe the design on butter cream. I thought about stenciling! Not sure if I want to take the time. I might not have any other choice though! The things we do for our clients!

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PattyT Posted 4 Jun 2010 , 11:55pm
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I saw it on the Culinary Stencils web site....just confirmed....at the very bottom, they say they do custom.

I remembered it 'cause I can't pipe nicely freehand and thought this would be the answer if I ever needed it.

http://www.culinarystencils.com/

Good luck!

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christeena Posted 5 Jun 2010 , 12:38am
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Thanks! I love how this community helps each other!!

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tonedna Posted 5 Jun 2010 , 3:28am
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If you have the cricut you can try that too. The stencil can be used a few times without breaking but I guess eventually it would.
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cake-angel Posted 5 Jun 2010 , 6:18am
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There was a thread not to long ago about mixing gumpaste powder mix with water to a pipable consistancy and that it would dry to a flexible end result. That might work for you. The other option I used before was to use a hot glue gun to go over my design, cover with plastic wrap and use a hair dryer to shrink it tight to the design and then press onto the surface to leave my impression. I was doing celtic knots at the time.

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Bfisher2 Posted 5 Jun 2010 , 6:32am
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What an awesome Idea Cindy!!!!!!!!!!!!! icon_smile.gif

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Texas_Rose Posted 5 Jun 2010 , 10:12am
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The old-school way to do it is to trace the design on thin paper and then lay the paper against the cake and poke holes with a pin along your design. Then you'll have a pattern on the cake to pipe over. I think it might take forever though.

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TracyLH Posted 5 Jun 2010 , 10:34am
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I have not tried it, but here is the link to the flexible royal icing thread that cake-angel mentioned if that helps at all:

http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopicp-6826353-.html#6826353

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christeena Posted 5 Jun 2010 , 12:17pm
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You ladies are awesome! Thanks for the ideas! I'm off to check them out now!!

No Cricut here! icon_cry.gif But my lovely aunt just bought me a CakeSafe for my birthday!! Can't wait to get it and try it out!

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DianeLM Posted 5 Jun 2010 , 1:51pm
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Originally Posted by christeena

Edna,

Since the royal icing gets rock hard and brittle won't the scroll break when flexing the design around the round tier? I think it would work for a square tier but doubtful on a round! Thanks for the suggestion! Love your videos!




Why would you flex the mat around the tier? The mat should remain flat while you 'roll' it around the cake. Only a small part of the mat is in contact with the cake at any one time.

Another medium you can use to make your own mat is fabric paint.

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christeena Posted 5 Jun 2010 , 1:59pm
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DianeM,

You are so right! Been awhile since I've used a mat. Thanks!

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