I have tried the impression mats for the quilted look and it just isn't working. I have tried using the mat before putting the fondant on the cake and it gets all morphed when I put it on the cake and I have tried rubbing the mat on the fondant after it is on the cake but I can't rub hard enough without squishing the cake. How do you all get the quilt pattern on fondant?
I want to know this too....if I do it before putting it on the cake it stretches, if I wait until it is on the cake, I can't rub it hard enough without wrecking the cake. Let's hope someone answers!
I've never tried using the impression mat. I use a patchwork cutter(http://www.patchworkcutters.co.uk/catalogue_details.asp?product_id=29&group=0).
In Jennifer Dontz's DVD (Vol.2 - I have both, they're fantastic) she demonstrates exactly how she achieves the diamond pattern (on fondant) that's pictured on the cover: http://www.jenniferdontz.com/
She doesn't use an impression mat, she uses and sells this 3 diamond quilter: http://www.jenniferdontz.com/viewproduct.php?itemid=tol007
Here's her collection of cakes on CC, where you'll find more examples of her awesome quilting: http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-photos-by-JenniferMI.html
I used the triple diamond cutter from Global Sugar Art..
http://www.globalsugarart.com/product.php?id=21914 for quilting on fondant.. It works great. I just used it to make a mattress look on a cake I uploaded yesterday.. http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_1320547.html
i measure either 1" 1/2" or 1/4" marks on the top border of the cake and then connect each top mark to the bottom of every other mark (or every 3rd mark) to achieve the look I want.
The three diamond quilter is a SUPER easy tool to use. If you want the instructions, I have them on my computer, just e-mail me for them.
LOVE, LOVE this technique and so do my customers. The reason I love this tool so much is you can move it a little further apart or closer once you get towards the back and have the patterns match up in the back.
I'm always happy to help, if you have questions, yell!
Glad you liked the DVD's FlourPot!!
I have a ghetto way of doing it in small batches, like on cupcakes. I use a tracing wheel from the sewing section. The one I have was like $1.50, it's plastic & metal, & goes through the dishwasher just fine. I just roll it diagonally one way, then the other to apply the lines. Now, remember, this only works for small projects, you couldn't use it on an entire cake. You would have to keep the lines very straight & perfectly spaced. I used this method on my quilted baby cupcakes that are in my gallery. Just another idea to throw in the hat!