This stencil was made out of an actual picture of Rusty and Jacob. I used Gimp, the free image manipulation program, to outline the silhouette, and then I used the trace feature with my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the stencil in (clean) cardstock. I could have cut the stencil with an X-acto knife if I didn't have a Cameo, but the Cameo makes things quicker and automatic. Here's what the stencil looked like on the cake:
Then I sprayed it with some Wilton Color Mist Spray from Michael's. I expect it would have turned out smoother if I had better tools with me, or if I'd used a buttercream frosting that had hardened a bit. I also considered fondant, which would probably work too. Here was my backup plan:
This was sprayed on Edible Sugar Sheets, and I ultimately decided I preferred a softer look from spraying directly on the icing instead of using the sheets. Perhaps those can be cut with a Silhouette Cameo as well, which would probably make the sharpest image, but I have not been able to figure out whether that is safe to do, both for the food and for the machine.
I used the stencil file for a card as well. You can see the image better on paper, and I used Silhouette's latest free shape of the week to finish the card off. So I got to spend a lot of time with my new toy preparing for Father's Day. Whose day was it again?
We capped off Father's Day post-bedtime with some Ruhlman Whiskey Sours over the latest Mission Impossible. A good day.
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