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 Tips for Working with Edible Image® Designs

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HELP file for Edible Pictures - Cake decorating
WARNINGEdible pictures are thin and very delicate. The manufacturer does not guarantee them and offers us no replacements. Neither can we guarantee them to you. No refunds, No replacements, or Exchanges can be made. We will however, make sure they leave our shop in good condition. 
They can pick up moisture in humid weather. Please read the HELP tips below and NEVER attempt to force a print from the sheet!

INGREDIENTS: Corn starch, Corn syrup, Solids, Micro crystalline Cellulose, Water, Sugar, Glycerin, Poly glycerol Esters of Fatty Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Locust Bean Gum. May also contain FD&C Colors.

More about Designer Edible Side Printed Strips
Add character to the sides of your cakes with these strips. Made from sugar, 100% edible. 
Made in the U.S.A. Easy to use and quick application. 
Just trim and apply! Each strip is 10 inch long. 3 strips needed to complete an 8 inch cake.

These prints can get sticky and stick to the backing when weather conditions are humid and the air is moist. Under extreme conditions, such as high humidity and rainy days, an Edible Image® decoration may be difficult to peel from the backing sheet. NEVER ATTEMPT TO FORCE THE IMAGE OFF OF THE BACKING!

If you are having issues peeling your Edible Image® decoration, try these tips:
•    Try placing it in the freezer for 30 to 90 seconds, (but NO longer!), then gently roll the backing sheet over the edge of a table or counter (with image facing up).  The image should pop off the backing sheet.
    DIDN'T WORK, TRY THIS: Open and let it air dry for 10-15 minutes, or as long as it takes. Test one corner to see if is dried out enough. 

  •   DIDN'T WORK, TRY THIS: Try a hair dryer on gentle setting. Hold the dryer out away from the picture.

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  •   DIDN'T WORK, TRY THIS: Try using a small fan to gently dry it.

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    THE OTHER EXSTREME - Edible image is "cracking":
  • Never lay it out open too long or it will crack when it dries out too much. If this happens, immediately put it in the refrigerator to moisten back up.
  • If climate is EXTREMELY DRY, store pictures in the refrigerator.
  • Designer Prints™
    •    Place one sheet in the freezer for 30 to 90 seconds, (but NO longer!), .
    •    Gently roll the backing sheet over the edge of a table or counter starting at the edge of the first strip (with image facing up).
    •    Peel the first strip off the backing sheet.
    •    Put the sheet with the remaining strip(s) back in the freezer, (but NO longer!), and repeat the process until you have removed all the Designer Prints™ you need.
    Print-Ons® Sheets
    •    Place the printed sheet in the freezer for 30 to 90 seconds, (but NO longer!).
    •    Remove it from freezer and allow it to rest for 5 seconds.
    •    Gently roll the backing sheet over the edge of a table or counter (with image facing up).  The image should pop off the backing sheet or peel with greater ease.
    More help above for extremely humid weather.
    Edible Image® Shimmer Ribbons™
    •    If you are placing Edible Image® Shimmer Ribbons™ over a darker icing, use a #104 tip (Item #12888) to make a thin band of white icing where you plan to place your Shimmer Ribbons™. Then place the ribbons where you want, and the white icing will help the Shimmer Ribbons™ color stand out.
    •    Shimmer Ribbons™ are slightly more durable than regular Edible Image® designs, and if you have not placed Shimmer Ribbons™ perfectly on the cake, you can peel them back and carefully move them. This allows for easier decorating handling, as the melding time is a little longer.
    •    Trim Shimmer Ribbons™ the long way into ¼" inch strips that are still 10 ½" long. Carefully wrap the Shimmer Ribbons™ strips around long ropes of white fondant. Twist and turn the fondant carefully to create a stunning shimmered rope effect. Don’t twist too tight.
    •    Cut Shimmer Ribbons™ into shorter pieces, and use as connecting pieces between clusters of flowers.
    •    Use Shimmer Ribbons™ on the diagonal as well as horizontal and vertical.
    Additional Troubleshooting Tips
    •    Save a backing sheet, and use it to slide under Edible Image® design to loosen from other backing sheets.
    •    If buttercream has formed a crust, spray with a fine mist of water before applying the image.
    •    DO NOT ADD extra moisture to non-dairy whipped toppings.
    •    Add a generous mist of water over royal icing.
    •    For fondant only, add a slight misting of water where you will be placing an Edible Image® design.
    •    Exposure to sunlight for extended period will fade the colors.

    Applying Picture
    · Make sure your hands are clean and dry before handling Picture.
    · If cake is frozen, thaw slightly before icing to avoid cracking. Then apply Picture.
    · If buttercream has formed a crust, spray with a fine mist of water before applying design.
    · DO NOT ADD extra moisture to non-dairy whipped toppings. Keep finished cake refrigerated to extend shelf life.
    · Add a generous mist of water over Royal icing before applying Picture.
    · If the Picture "bubbles" after application, GENTLY TAP (do not rub) the Picture.
    · Feel free to write inscriptions on top of the Edible Picture. Just be sure not to push decorating tip through Picture.
    After Application to Icing
    · If decorated cake is frozen, thaw slowly, preferably in a refrigerator, to avoid running of colors.
    · Avoid extensive exposure to ultraviolet lighting. As with any food coloring, the Picture will fade over time.

    Question & Answer
    Q I've tried everything and the image is still stuck to the backing.
    A: Try applying a hair dryer to it carefully and evenly and keep testing on a corner to see it it has dried enough to release.

    Q Edible Picture and base are sticking to backing sheet
    A: Humidity is too high - refrigerate or freeze for a minimum of 30 minutes prior to application. This will stiffen the Picture and allow it to come off the backing sheet in one piece. If time is a factor, place the Picture in a microwave oven for 10 to 15 seconds on high BUT test the backing first. If backing shrinks; do not do.
    A-2: In some higher humidity areas, placing in the microwave on DEFROST setting for 1 minute may work best. Repeat in 30 second increments until Picture is no longer sticky.
    Q Base is peeling from backing sheet, but Picture is not
    A: Refrigerate or freeze for a minimum of 30 minutes prior to application.
    Q pictures are dry and brittle and break easily
    A: pictures were left out in a climate of low humidity. Place dry pictures back in bag and refrigerate. (pictures need to re-hydrate moisture and may possibly be saved by refrigerating.)
    Note: When an Picture reaches this stage of dryness, it is in most cases unusable. In relative humidity of between 10% to 30%, pictures can become dry and brittle within 3 to 5 minutes of exposure. You may wish to cut around the Picture and place on cake; not to be eaten. Add a piece of saran wrap under Picture for easy removing.
    Q Colors run after Picture is placed on icing
    A: Moisture in icing is too high. Too much water was applied either before or after application. Let icing dry before application.
    Q Base is not absorbing into icing
    A Lightly mist icing with water before applying Picture.
    Q Colors ran after putting see-through dome on cake
    A: Icing must have time to dry before dome lid is placed on the cake. In high humidity climates, drying time is longer. (In some high humidity/high temperature climates, the dome creates a terrarium type atmosphere, causing the inks in the Picture to sweat and run. If the customer has to use a dome, it is recommended that it have vent holes to allow moisture to escape.
    Q Colors fade after exposing to light
    A. Some fluorescent lights used in cake display cases have a higher ultra violet output   used for color correctness. Some pigments used in Edible pictures are extremely   U.V. sensitive and there may be fading problems in these cases after an exposure period of more than 24 hours.