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For those that use plywood and masonite and particle board, how do you get the foil or table cloth, paper, contact paper, whatever  to stay on? I tried with many hard items like that, and tape won't stick, and contact paper peels up, and staples won't go in. I love the cardboard for the ease of stapling. 

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post #47 of 75

I use contact paper, press firmly and then let it sit. I think the adhesive takes a little while to fully stick.  I have never had any problems.  In fact, I still have 2 sitting in my cake closet with the contact paper still on them, one is from Oct, the other is from July.

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Hmmm.... Do you clean it with anything first? I just have never had any luck!

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post #49 of 75

Simple: Thick poster boards from the Dollar Tree, cut them into the desired size using a ruler and exacto knife then cover in aluminum foil and tape on the bottom side.

 

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post #50 of 75
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Hmmm.... Do you clean it with anything first? I just have never had any luck!


The board?  Nope.  Just make sure the ply wood is dust free.  When I am first applying the contact paper it acts like it doesn't want to stick, but after I get it all in place I just walk away.  When I come back it is always fine.

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The board?  Nope.  Just make sure the ply wood is dust free.  When I am first applying the contact paper it acts like it doesn't want to stick, but after I get it all in place I just walk away.  When I come back it is always fine.

Hmmm, I'll try again! I have a 7 tier in a couple months, and I would like to use MDF, or something. I think I will "dust" it with 90% alcohol, then let it set for a bit to dry, then try. Literally every time, it just peels back, I have even used name brand duct tape, and had it slowly come off (not very professional icon_redface.gif ) The only way I have been able to combat it is to put a stack of 2 or 3 cake boards under the wooden board, to have something to staple into. (But you know I am not charging enough when I mourn the loss of the extra $2 it takes to do that!)

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post #52 of 75
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Hmmm, I'll try again! I have a 7 tier in a couple months, and I would like to use MDF, or something. I think I will "dust" it with 90% alcohol, then let it set for a bit to dry, then try. Literally every time, it just peels back, I have even used name brand duct tape, and had it slowly come off (not very professional icon_redface.gif ) The only way I have been able to combat it is to put a stack of 2 or 3 cake boards under the wooden board, to have something to staple into. (But you know I am not charging enough when I mourn the loss of the extra $2 it takes to do that!)

Oh he&* yeah! Have fun! Try butcher tape. I would cover in fondant, but if you're set on using something else, butcher paper tape usually grips right into wood. Heck, just flood it with royal icing.

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post #53 of 75
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Oh he&* yeah! Have fun! Try butcher tape. I would cover in fondant, but if you're set on using something else, butcher paper tape usually grips right into wood. Heck, just flood it with royal icing.

I LOVE the looks of a fondant covered board, but a lot of my cakes are priced too low (and I have no one to blame but myself, for my generous heart, ;-) ) Or are covered with buttercream. I do use the fanci- foil, on the main board, in a vast array of colors (i have about 20 different colors) but I keep the cake on a small board so it doesn't soak up the color of the foil :-P I think it looks nice enough for a birthday cake that is only $100, but with fondant wedding cakes, I cover the board in fondant. 

 

I will look into butcher tape.

 

And I covered a 3 board thick drum with royal, for a dummy cake....Ummm... it is now a flaky mess! lol

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post #54 of 75

                                                                                                                         

I generally use foam core for my cakes. While I generally cover them with fondant and ribbon trim, I do find it fun to find other means of covering to keep with the theme. My all time favorite was made for an autumn leaf themed cake. I used spray adhesive on the board and covered it with gold tissue paper. On that I arranged leaves from my yard, dried with a microwave leaf press. When covered with Press 'n' Seal it became a food safe board that, frankly, I hated to cover with a cake. Here is a picture, and yes, the colors are all natural!

 

This Autumn's leaves were spectacular! I made the cake board from those collected from my yard and dried in a microwave flower press. I covered a foam core board with metallic gold tissue paper and fixed the leaves down with spray adhesive and food safe Press 'n' Seal. There are no artificial colors used. I hated to cover them up with the cake! Oh well. I matched the colors of the gum paste leaves to the actual leaves. No one would believe the colors if I didn't have the side by side comparison.

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post #55 of 75
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I LOVE the looks of a fondant covered board, but a lot of my cakes are priced too low (and I have no one to blame but myself, for my generous heart,

Tsk tsk...generous heart don't pay the bills! :D Just kidding...well, no not really. BUT, that's not what we're talking about either, so I'll leave you alone. You know, you can use very very little fondant if you roll it very thin, and cut out almost all of it that will be covered by the bottom tier. Save scraps in a baggie too, for future use, in the freezer. No one eats that part. 

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post #56 of 75

Love some of the ideas on covering the boards - I have just been covering carboard cake boards with foil...definitely going to have to try a few of the ideas posted here.  Thanks!

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I generally use foam core for my cakes. While I generally cover them with fondant and ribbon trim, I do find it fun to find other means of covering to keep with the theme. My all time favorite was made for an autumn leaf themed cake. I used spray adhesive on the board and covered it with gold tissue paper. On that I arranged leaves from my yard, dried with a microwave leaf press. When covered with Press 'n' Seal it became a food safe board that, frankly, I hated to cover with a cake. Here is a picture, and yes, the colors are all natural!

 

This Autumn's leaves were spectacular! I made the cake board from those collected from my yard and dried in a microwave flower press. I covered a foam core board with metallic gold tissue paper and fixed the leaves down with spray adhesive and food safe Press 'n' Seal. There are no artificial colors used. I hated to cover them up with the cake! Oh well. I matched the colors of the gum paste leaves to the actual leaves. No one would believe the colors if I didn't have the side by side comparison.

That is GORGEOUS! Is press and seal bumpy? I thought it was? Could you have used clear contact paper? Would that have made it a little smoother, or is it just the lighting? I love this look! I am a fan of autumn leaves, I drive around and take pictures of them, like a tourist ;-) I will bring them in the house, too!

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post #58 of 75
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Tsk tsk...generous heart don't pay the bills! :D Just kidding...well, no not really. BUT, that's not what we're talking about either, so I'll leave you alone. You know, you can use very very little fondant if you roll it very thin, and cut out almost all of it that will be covered by the bottom tier. Save scraps in a baggie too, for future use, in the freezer. No one eats that part. 

I KNOW! It really doesn't, lol! I am getting better, I quoted a cake way higher than I would normally, because I didn't want to do it, and the lady was thrilled with the price, and I don't mind doing it anymore ;-D

 

When I did my cake dummies for the bridal shows, I covered in fondant, then took the entire part off that was to be covered by another tier, except for about an eighth an of an inch, since I didn't want it to sit recessed.  It saved a TON of fondant, since I had 18 little 3 tier minis.

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post #59 of 75

Anna, I was in such a hurry to get the cake made, (I had spent a LOT of time on making matching gumpaste leaves), that I didn't even think of clear contact paper. Yes, that would have been better for,as you can see, I did have one stretch wrinkle going across the face. As for the leaves, this was Missouri's most spectacular fall in years. We really thought the season would be a color bust, since the summer drought was so severe. I collected and dried hundreds and even bought more plastic bins to store them in, all sorted to colors and shapes. With a dessicant package in each, they should be available for any future project.

As for bringing them indoors, you really struck a chord with me there. I grew up with a mother who appreciated nature and beauty. Every fall she would collect leaves and carefully pin them to the living room curtains. It is a little something I hope I have passed on down to my kids...

I'm posting a picture of the cake with the leaves I made. I was really happy with the way they turned out, even though the dusting took literally hours... Sorry, I didn't mean to hijack the thread.  Close up of gum paste leaves. I used real leaves from my yard which I pressed and put on the cake board. I tried to match the gorgeous colors they had this fall.

 

Another aspect of benefit cake to show different leaves.

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post #60 of 75
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Anna, I was in such a hurry to get the cake made, (I had spent a LOT of time on making matching gumpaste leaves), that I didn't even think of clear contact paper. Yes, that would have been better for,as you can see, I did have one stretch wrinkle going across the face. As for the leaves, this was Missouri's most spectacular fall in years. We really thought the season would be a color bust, since the summer drought was so severe. I collected and dried hundreds and even bought more plastic bins to store them in, all sorted to colors and shapes. With a dessicant package in each, they should be available for any future project.

As for bringing them indoors, you really struck a chord with me there. I grew up with a mother who appreciated nature and beauty. Every fall she would collect leaves and carefully pin them to the living room curtains. It is a little something I hope I have passed on down to my kids...

I'm posting a picture of the cake with the leaves I made. I was really happy with the way they turned out, even though the dusting took literally hours... Sorry, I didn't mean to hijack the thread.  Close up of gum paste leaves. I used real leaves from my yard which I pressed and put on the cake board. I tried to match the gorgeous colors they had this fall.

 

Another aspect of benefit cake to show different leaves.

You lucky dog! lol My mom hated it when I brought leaves and rocks and frogs and such in the house. She would say we where "going to get mites" lol Consequently, I allow my kids to do it. When we got some gravel brought in our yard for drainage, my 3 older kids and I sat in the rocks and examined them for hours ;-) There room is filled with the prettiest ones we found, and I am always picking them out of the washer. (Then examining them, and putting them on the shelf, lol)

 

And the leaves are exquisite! Did you use a real leaf for the veins? It looks like it! They are seriously brilliant.

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