This fabulous Heart stencil and cutter set is one of an amazing new range of products made by Marion Frost at Patchwork Cutters. This pack contains two stencils for a heart and also for 'With Love' motto plus a 3 cutters for a heart and 2 different sized plaques, should you wish to cut out your shape.
Measurements: With Love - Cutter and stencil design measure 8.5cm Heart - 4cm All measurements are approximate.
For best results, lightly grease your non-stick board and cutter (we recommend using TREX - better than specialist sprays - and much cheaper!)
Roll out your paste very thinly. We recommend Mexican Modelling Paste (MMP) if you want the stencil to dry hard, or if placing on the top of a cake, a 50:50 mix of MMP and sugarpaste gives a paste with better eating quality.
I find that for a really sharp stencil when using powder colour it is better to use the underside of your paste as the fat will hold the powder in place without smudging. Place the stencil under your paste and lightly roll the back - this will make the stencil stand slightly proud of the rest of the paste (to the thickness of the stencil). If you intend to cut out the stencil with the cutter make sure you place the stencil the right way up!
Turn over the paste with the stencil attached and brush your colour over the stencil - changing colour to suit. Work each colour into the icing to prevent loose colour laying on the surface. Carefully peel back the stencil.
Cut out your shape using the cutter provided.
You can, of course, also use the stencil as any other by holding against cake or cupcake surfaces and colouring with powder, gel or liquid colours - or even an airbrush.
The new Book 18 gives lots of great ideas for the stencils and other new cutters.