The Sweet Stamp Tacky Pad is the magic key to the whole Sweet Stamp system. The tacky pad is used to line up all your characters which then provides you a stable platform to emboss your letters into fondant, sugar paste, buttercream and more.
The tacky pad is actually not tacky. The acrylic shapes simply stick to the tacky pad. If you are finding that the letters aren't staying in place, a light film of water rubbed across the tacky pad will ensure the acrylic shapes "stick" to the pad. Always place the protective sheet back over the pad when you're finished with it.
The tacky pad doesn't last forever. With care, it will last a long time. If you do need to clean the tacky pad, simply wipe it down with a very light soapy water. Do not immerse the pad in water.
Note: Please ensure that you remove the protective plastic cover from the grey part of the tacky pad. Replace after use.
INTRUCTIONS FOR USE:
The Sweet Stamp system has been designed to lightly emboss your design into fondant with the expectation that the embossed area will be painted using edible paints. It was not designed to be a replacement for fondant embossers with fixed text that can be pressed heavily into sugar paste or cookie dough. With this in mind, the tacky pads will grip the letters allowing you to lightly emboss. If you do emboss heavily into fondant, the "stickyness" of the fondant will overcome the grip the tacky pad has on the letter.
- Lay out your characters on a flat surface the way you would like them to be stamped on your fondant
- Place the tacky pad onto the characters and press down firmly to ensure that the tacky pad has a firm grip on the characters.
- Align the tacky pad onto your cake or fondant and gently press into the fondant
- Your message will now be embossed into the fondant ready for painting. The depth of embossing should be between 0.5 to 1mm. If it is embossed deeper you run the risk of letters peeling off the tacky pad.
If you're having trouble with letters falling off the tacky pad, try some of the points below;
- Clean the tacky pad with warm soapy water. This can be dish washing detergent or any other food safe kitchen cleaning spray. Do not immerse the tacky pad in water
- The tacky pad loses it's grip if the surface of the characters are not clean. Presence of corn flour, bits of fondant or oil residue from fondant will cause them to not stick. Ensure that the surface of the characters are clean
- The tacky pad will only provide only so much grip. If you are pushing the letter into sugar paste that will generate more "sticking" force than the tacky pad, it will invariably pull off the tacky pad. The tacky pad is only gripping the top surface of the letter whereas if you push it in too deep into sticky fondant, the fondant is grabbing the letter on the surface as well as the sides. We recommend only embossing fondant between 0.5 to 1mm deep
- Repetitive embossing will cause the tacky pad to release the characters. We have tested 20 to 30 embosses with no characters releasing however this will vary depending on a variety of factors such as how sticky your fondant is and how deep you are embossing
- If your fondant is sticky or too soft, allow the fondant to dry out a little prior to embossing your design
Large (Rectangle) - 21cm wide x 10cm high
Cookie (Round) - 7.5cm diameter