Monday, June 18, 2012

Father's Day Stencil Cake and Whiskey Sours

Hope everyone had a great Father's Day! Father's Day for us was almost as much fun as Mother's Day because I got to spend the day with my family and also do some crafting.  J spent much of his day working on his walking and also taking a ride in a bike trailer with his mom and dad.  But since this blog is about projects, here are the Father's Day projects:

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.

Shared at the link parties found here.


  1. Very cool! I never thought to use a stencil for cake decorating. Duh! I will totally do it sometime, now!
    Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! :-)

  2. I love that you made the stencil out of an actual picture of them, how cute! And the matching card is adorable. Thanks for linking this up at The Fun In Functional!