Three tiered fondant covered cake with silhouettes and custom topper. Bottom made with a silicone bark mould (best purchase ever!). Top tiers covered with egg yellow fondant. Oh and in the final cake I DID push down the topper so it was flush with the cake ;)
Sunset effect created with orange Americolor Mist sprayed on then wiped with a dry makeup sponge.
Silhouettes cut out of black gum paste rolled out then left to harder for about 10 minutes then cut with an X-acto knife.
Topper chair made out of 20 cut out parts from tutorial found online (warning, if you use the same the parts are too short! I redid this three times).
Man made out of gum paste/fondant mix. I again used an online tutorial for making a basic human figure using a template. I resized it to the size needed for the chair. Worked perfectly!
Ball cap was a nightmare to make. I ended up molding a piece of fondant/gum paste mix over a half styrofoam ball then doing the stitching & top button over that. Then I made the bill using round cutters to cut a circle then a "chunk" out of that to make a suitable size. Glued it onto the rest of the hat then dried it on the figure's head.
Trees made with black chocolate melts. I printed a template of trees then put wax paper over it to make the trees. Did the trunk first then each branch (drawing in towards trunk), then did a side to side swoop over the tree to make a nice full looking tree. Taped this over cake dummies placed sideways in a box, to get the curvature. I made the fishing line and skies/ski poles with extruded gum paste (thanks for the idea Sandy!)
Bottom was ivory fondant covered then I painted over top with brown petal dust diluted with vodka. Leaves cut out marbled gum paste then veined with a silicone two piece veiner.
I need work on using stencils! "Bill" was done with diluted paint, "Happy Retirement" with dry petal dust. That worked MUCH better with sharper edges.