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post #1 of 32
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Hi Everyone

Ok- going to make another investment in my "hobby"-- one of many -ugh

I am in desperate need of the letter cutters- I would LOVE to hear as many opinions that I can get- and where di you get them? so you feel that buying the upper and lower is a good investment- etc- stuff like that-

Also- what is everyone using to cut the perfect circles- in foamcore- and cardboard- wood- etc- whattool are you using to draw it? and then what tool are you using to get such clean cuts?

One last question- are you guys cutting your cake boards to fit exactly under your tiers?

Thanks for any guidance!!!

Mo
post #2 of 32
I was trying to find these forever too!

I just did. Theyre a cutter called "tappits" from CK products. Global Sugar Art has them. I'm ordering them as a christmas present to meeee!

happy shopping!
post #3 of 32
I've had Tappits for several years. Never was really very happy with using them--too much time pin-picking out letters, too much breakage if they got too dry, too much distortion if they weren't dry enough..............

So, awhile back, I bought the Clikstix Groovy Alphabet capital letters. I used them for the first time right before Thanksgiving..............I was sooooooooooo happy with the results--quick to use, nice detail, no distortion. I had a long sentiment cut and ready for placement in about 15 mins.! This is the cake ("thrown" together in about 90 mins.):

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As a result of the experience, I bought ALL of the alphabet & number Clikstix available from Globalsugarart. I imagine that if really necessary, I'll use my tappits, but if I can find a way to use the Clikstix, instead, you bet I will !

Rae
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post #4 of 32
I like what I hear about Clikstix, but that groovy font is a little too 60's for anything I think I'd ever need. Tappits are quite useful, if you get the hang of using them
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post #5 of 32
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Originally Posted by AZCouture

I like what I hear about Clikstix, but that groovy font is a little too 60's for anything I think I'd ever need. Tappits are quite useful, if you get the hang of using them



LOL

Oh, I have the "hang" of them..........I just like the "hang" of the ClikStix better icon_lol.gif

They come in a script & block font, too, and they cover many other uses.

That groovy font is really great for tie dye and funky kids cakes.

Rae
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post #6 of 32
Oh I'm sure you do, for the benefit of others that are usually told Tappits are hard to use, is why I said that. They aren't hard to use at all.
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post #7 of 32
Hi I bought a set I've followed the direction and I just don't understand can anyone help me please!!!!
post #8 of 32
I love my Tappits. I have all 3 sets. icon_smile.gif though I just ordered a clickstix just because I wanted a different font. I have no problem with tappits.
post #9 of 32
Tappits and I don't get along very well. When I "tap" them out, they tend to go flying. You have to roll the fondant/gumpaste so thin, they break, and yes, they tend to get stuck quite often. I eventually get enough to work for me, but it takes forever!

I know some people have gotten the hang of them, but I've followed every person's suggestion on how to make them easier and they still don't like me.

I'm planning to get the clickstixs as soon as my budget allows.
post #10 of 32
How I use my tappits is I roll it thin, then I leave it for about 15minutes. When I come back to it its already a bit dry, that is when its ready. I press the the letter and move it back and forth on the mat, it helps it clean the sides of the letter. As for taking it out, I use a cocktail stick to take it out. I do not tap it on the table. It comes out perfect almost every time. I dont even use gumpaste for letters, I just use fondant with no problem. You just give it time to dry.
post #11 of 32
I put plastic wrap over the top of my fondant and then use the tappits. That way you don't need to tap or pick the letter out of the cutter. I let it dry on my silicone mat and then move them to where I need them.
post #12 of 32
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Originally Posted by All4Show

I put plastic wrap over the top of my fondant and then use the tappits. That way you don't need to tap or pick the letter out of the cutter. I let it dry on my silicone mat and then move them to where I need them.



Me tooicon_smile.gif Works every time!
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post #13 of 32
I like using the Clikstix more, but I often find the font is too big. Also in the script font, I find some of the swirly ends of the letters difficult to remove where there's nothing to push the fondant out. As someone mentioned above, I find if I leave the fondant rolled out for 15 minutes to dry, it makes getting the letters out much easier.
post #14 of 32
Whenever I cut letter, whether with Tappits or ClikStix,I dust my cutting surface with cornstarch & I use my cornstarch puff on the rolled out paste and also on the cutters. I like the paste to move on the board so that I get clean edges and so that I don't have to pry the letters off of the surface.

Things come out of both types of cutters pretty easily & quickly, but for me, more easily & more quickly with the ClikStix.

Depending on when & where I'll be applying the letters, once cut out, I may let them dry completely, partially, or store them on a flexible cutting mat in a zip loc bag so that they stay flexible for several days.

Rae
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post #15 of 32
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Originally Posted by sillywabbitz

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Originally Posted by All4Show

I put plastic wrap over the top of my fondant and then use the tappits. That way you don't need to tap or pick the letter out of the cutter. I let it dry on my silicone mat and then move them to where I need them.



Me tooicon_smile.gif Works every time!

Well I read that tip on here and if you were the oringinal person who suggested this method, I'd like to hug you. This has sped me up considerably.
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