June 29, 2010

Fondant Tutorial: Painting with shimmer dust on Fondant ~ Army Dog Tags

I'm going to show you how to use shimmer dust to create metallic looking Army Dog Tags. These are for Tyler's 8th Birthday cupcakes that I'll be doing later in the week. 

You will need:
  -1 tbsp vodka
  -shimmer dust
  -paint brush
  -fondant pieces cut out & dried out overnight

To make dog tags:
 1. I cut out 1" x 2.5" strips then rounded the corners
 2. I used my impression kit to put his name & age on each tag.
 3. I used a drinking straw to put a hole in each tag

To add shimmer to the tags for a metallic look:

1. Put a little bit of shimmer powder in a ramekin or small bowl
2.  Dip your paint brush in the tbsp of vodka
3. Mix the vodka with the shimmer powder to create "paint"
4. Add enough vodka to make a thick "paint"
5. Paint your fondant piece
see the difference it makes?
The top tag is without the shimmer dust
The bottom tag has been painted with shimmer dust
Looks like real metal
Stay tuned for more pieces to come this week!



Cupcake Crazy Gem said...

This creates such an awesome effect! I always just brush shimmer dust on dry and never thought about making it into a liquid...it's so more striking that way! thanks for the tip...I'm having a giveaway on my blog if you want to enter head on over!

www.sweetcreationsbystephanie.com said...

Isn't it great? I just did this for the 1st time last week.. I never knew how decorators painted gold & silver so I googled it and found out how. It works for any shimmer dust, petal dust, etc. I love it. I'm going to try it on some flowers later tonight.

I'll check out your giveaway! awesome.

Leilani said...
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The Cake-at-Home Mom said...

What did you use for the lettering on the dog tags?

www.sweetcreationsbystephanie.com said...

I use a clay letter press set. Wilton makes one that they sell at Michaels...or you can look in their clay isle and see if they have a set. They work great.

favefive said...

Hi, first of all, I'd like to thank you so much for this tutorial and the camo cupcake topper. I'm doing a cake and cupcakes for this coming Saturday with a theme of Call of Duty. The tutorials are a great help. Anyway, I was wondering if I can avoid using vodka for the dog tags since it is a kid's b-day party? Can I use plain water? Thanks so much for your reply. :)

www.sweetcreationsbystephanie.com said...

You can use any alcohol based extract.. vanilla extract, lemon extract, etc.

as for Vodka, the alcohol evaporates so it's not really an issue

favefive said...

Thank you so much for your response. Have a wonderful evening. :)

Louella said...

This is really helpful -thanks so much for sharing! I had the same worry as favefive, too, so I'm relieved to find out about the vodka alternatives.

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