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Airbrushed Dog

This project uses the Cutterpillar Glow Pro to make stencils from photos for cake airbrushing. Follow along with Cassie as she creates an incredible airbrushed dog on gum paste using Wilton supplies – and you make one too!

This project was created and written by our Cake Ambassador, Cassie Brown.

  • Baking
  • 1-2 hours
  • Intermediate

You Will Need:

  • Wilton Ready-to-Use Gum Paste
  • Cutterpillar Glow Premium – Rechargeable Crafting Light Tablet
  • Cassie Brown Cake Decorating Airbrush and Compressor Kit
  • Wilton Three Piece Cookie Decorating Tool Set
  • Wilton Dust-N-Store Dusting Cup with Cornflour
  • Wilton Rolling Pin with Guide Rings
  • Black and Brown Airbrush Colours
  • Scalpel or Craft Knife
  • Airbrush Cleaning Jar
  • Cardstock


    airbrushed dog
  1. Find a photo you want to copy and place it on the Cutterpillar Glow. Place the self-healing cutting mat on top and then put your card on top of that. Turn the Cutterpillar on.

  2. airbrushed dog
  3. Using a sharp craft knife, cut out the areas you need (such as the outline and any details or firm lines). You now have a stencil!

  4. Roll the gum paste out to a thickness of 1mm and place it on the Cutterpillar to see if you can see through it. If you can, leave the paste to dry overnight to make it easier to work with.

  5. Put the Cutterpillar on the most powerful setting and place the photo on top, followed by the gum paste. Because you can see through the gum paste, it saves you the time you would’ve spent tracing the photo onto parchment paper.

  6. Place 2 drops of black airbrush colour into the colour well of the airbrush. Gently pull back the trigger on the airbrush very close to a spare piece of paper to get a fine line. When you feel confident enough to progress, begin airbrushing the nose area on the gum paste. Move around the mouth and then focus on the shadows, like around the face, by the ears, and above the eyes.

  7. Make little dots around the nose and mouth and then darken the darker areas. You may have to momentarily turn off the light box and take a look at your shading as the colours will look different without the light. Once you’re happy with the colours, leave to dry.

  8. Take the needle-like tool out of the Wilton Cookie Decorating Tool Set. Remove the protective lid and hold it like a pen. Then, begin scratching little hairs on the chest-area of the portrait to make it look furry and fluffy. Afterwards, move to the nose. Remember to keep looking back at your photo as a reference – you must make scratch marks exactly as the hair would be growing for true likeness.

  9. Finally, turn your attention to the eyes. Scratch a little around the bottom of the eye first and then look at where there’s a glimmer of light hitting the eyes. This is the most important part to get right – simply scratch the light reflection to bring the eyes to life!

What You Need

  • Airbrush Cleaning Jar
    Airbrush Cleaning Jar