About Electronic Cutting
Technology has definitely found its place in the world of confection. Electronic cutters allow decorators to save time, money and allow them
to create edible decorations that they were never able to do without these versatile machines. With the Icing Images lineup of electronic cutters, decorators can:
- Cut icing sheets, wafer paper, FlexFrost™ edible fabric, Flexique™, fondant, gumpaste, Magic Chocolate, and more!
- Use an edible printer with an electronic cutter to print and cut a design.
- Use edible markers to draw a design on edible paper.
- Create cake toppers.
- Create custom stencils and silk screens for cakes, cookies, and more.
For decorators who print large numbers of cookie or cupcake images, Icing Images now recommends using an electronic cutter and an edible printer to create their images.
This is recommended over using the precut icing sheets that Icing Images currently sells. It is more economical, more accurate, and it allows decorators to carry only full uncut
icing sheets while also enabling them to print any size and cut any shape in large quantities. This will allow decorators to no longer stock a large variety of shapes and sizes of icing sheets.
Please note: All Icing Images products are considered safe for food use. Icing Images sources specific products created from specific materials and chooses them for safety, durability, and ease of use.
Choosing an electronic cutter
Both the Cricut Explore Air 2 and the Silhouette Cameo 3 are great machines, and both Icing Images bundles come with everything you need to get started including food safe instructions.
The biggest difference is in the software. The Cricut's web based program is easy to use and allows for designing not only on your computer but also on your mobile device.
The Cameo has downloadable software that can be complicated for those who not do understand graphics. However, with the more complicated software comes greater flexibility in creating custom images.
Another difference is that the Cricut Explore Air 2 is a heartier machine than the Silhouette Cameo 3. This is most noticeable when cutting stencils. For example: the Cricut only makes 2 passes to cut where
as the Cameo has to make 4 passes, taking longer to cut the thicker stencil material. For most items you will be cutting, you will not notice a difference.
If you plan to do a lot of print and cut, the Cameo has a larger print and cut area, but the Cricut cuts and draws faster than the Cameo.
Both machines are excellent and highly recommended. We have found that both machines can cut icing sheets, wafer paper, FlexFrost™, Flexique™, gumpaste, fondant, Magic Chocolate, stencils, and silk screens.
Choosing an electronic cutter is a personal choice, and no choice is wrong.
The Cricut Explore Air 2 is the first Cricut product that Icing Images is proud to offer to its customers. This machine can be paired with an edible printer for creating an edible print and cut design.
The software with this machine is very simple to use and is a hearty machine, cutting thicker material faster than the Silhouette Cameo. The Cricut's web based software allows you to design
on the go on your iPad, iPhone, or android device, not just on your computer, making it convenient to present ideas to your customers. In addition, if you would like a heartier machine and are
graphically inclined, the Silhouette Business Edition software can be used with the Cricut opening up more designing features and can be purchased at Icing Images.
Icing Images has tested cutting the following brands of products with the Cricut: Satin Ice Fondant, Satin Ice Gumpaste, CK Fondant, Fat Daddios Fondant, Dream Fondant,
ChocoPan Fondant, Monalisa Fondant, Magic Chocolate, with more being added regularly. These settings are only available on the food safe cutting mat available at Icing Images.
The Silhouette Cameo 3 comes with free basic software that can be downloaded from the Silhouette America site on to your computer. While the software can be trickier to learn, the software
is more advanced than the Cricut software and allows for more freedom and accuracy.
It has a dual carriage which allows for the use of 2 tools at once and is PixScan compatible. The Cameo also contains an Autoblade which automatically adjusts for the material being used.
Icing Images also offers Silhouette Business Edition as a download for purchase. If you are graphically inclined, this software version unlocks additional features and facilitates large-scale projects
that help facilitate saving time designing and cutting. You can use the Cameo software to control your edible printer to print an image on edible paper and then use the Cameo to cut out what was printed!
The Cameo's print and cut area is the largest of the Icing Images electronic cutters.
Videos, Tutorials and Support for Electronic Cutting
To best assist you with electronic cutting, Icing Images is working with designers and Icing Images Ambassadors who will be adding videos to the Icing Images YouTube page
Here you will find new ideas, instructions, and more!
In addition, Icing Images recommends Nancy Westfall's website, thecolorfulcookie.com. This website centers mostly on cookies and stenciling; however, there are countless tutorials that revolve around electronic cutting. Nancy is highly regarded and well known in the decorating community for her expertise and excellent teaching skills. She loves to teach and it shows!