Disclosure: Pazzles sent me a demo Pazzles Inspiration Creative Cutter along with a Pastry Kit and a two month subscription to the Pazzles Craft Room for my review. However, all opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.
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Several weeks ago I was offered the opportunity to review a Pazzles Inspiration Creative Cutter. To say I was excited about this opportunity would be an understatement.
After having a look at the Pazzles website and everything the Inspiration could do to help me with cake decorating – I could hardly wait to try it out! First up – do you know what a Pazzles Inspiration Creative Cutter is? Here’s the description from the website:
The Inspiration Creative Cutter® connects to your computer, similar to a printer, but instead of printing the Inspiration uses a small blade to die cut your designs. Imagine cutting any shape, font, or design in an amazing variety of sizes with the click of a button. The Inspiration is capable of cutting much more than just paper and cardstock! From light plastics to chipboard, fabric to rubber stamp material, thin metal to fun foam, the Inspiration offers amazing flexibility and power.
As you can see… it’s a very versatile machine – you can cut any shape, letter, font, or design that you can get your hands on! You can even make your own graphic design on your computer and the machine will cut it!
How does this apply to cake decorating? Well, along with the machine, the nice people over at Pazzles also sent me a Pastry Kit and membership to the Pazzles Craft Room. The kit included a Pastry tool and blade for cutting edible materials. It can be used for cutting gum paste, cutting fondant, cutting sugar sheets, cutting modeling chocolate and so much more!
Let me show you how I used the machine for cake decorating needs and for fancying up my cookies!
For my first project (while still learning about the machine) I wanted to do a monogram for the front of a wedding cake. Since the bride had sent me a picture of a very delicate and elegant font, I set out to find a font to match as closely as I could.
After deciding on one, it was time to learn about the Pazzles Inspiration Cutter and put it to work!
One really cool feature is that the software operates on my computer. I don’t have to manipulate or do my designs on the machine itself – but rather directly from my laptop! I was able to open up the software, type in the letters of the monogram, then manipulate them into the size I needed using the rulers right there on the screen.
The software shows the mat size and I was also able to overlay them and move them around until I got them looking exactly like they needed to for the cake!
Honestly, I could never have cut such an intricate and original monogram by hand and had it look as clean and nice as it did using the Inspiration. It also cut the design all in one piece – so I didn’t have to cut 3 individual letters and then try to place them correctly on the side of the cake. Having a single piece to center was much easier than three pieces.
To be honest here… there was a steeper learning curve for the software than I imagined. I’m not a terribly “techy” person, so I had some difficulty getting the hang of it. I had to keep referring back and forth to the manual, watching some included “help” videos and asking my 16 year old for help.
Yes, my very smart 16 year old son figured it out much faster than I did … so I guess it depends on your level of experience with graphic design type software. I did eventually figure it out, although I think I could play with it for months before learning all of the features.
For my next project, I used the Inspiration to cut a “A”‘s for monogram cookies. I did a practice run – cutting the letters in black. I was really thrilled with how clean and sharp the letters were.
I did have one problem with the machine not cutting all the way through and skipping over some of the places it should have been cutting, but after a few emails back and forth with the Pazzles Support team, I was able to change a setting that I had wrong and I didn’t have any more trouble after that!
The customer support people were really nice and responded quickly to help me.
A few weeks later I made 50 of these “A” cookies in a mint color. I used a mix of modeling chocolate and fondant for these and it worked beautifully. I was able to cut all of these letters in just a few minutes and it saved me hours and hours of work.
I have one more experience to share with you about cake decorating with the Pazzles Inspiration. I used the Pazzles to cut the decorations for the side and top of this cake.
For the design, I chose a font that I found in another program. I was able to upload the letters, resize them with the Pazzles Inspiration software and actually look at them in real-life size and cut them out!
Then there was this “the big 30″ for the top! I wanted all of the letters and the numbers connected in one design (I originally planned to have it stand up but that didn’t work out). I was able to import the letters into the software separately, then manipulate them to connect to each other and get them sized the way I wanted.
I only wish I had realized before I took pictures that I forgot to cut cut out the little hole between the “3″ and the “0″. That was totally an oversight on my part!
Overall I can tell you that I love this machine and the possibilities it offers! It offers so many possibilities for cake decorating that I’d never be able to accomplish “by hand”.
I was able to successfully cut gum paste, modeling chocolate and fondant for the different designs I’ve done.
The only real downside for me was the difficulty in learning how to use the software. However, I think with some practice it would be easy to master and become an indispensable tool for a busy cake decorator. I will absolutely be using it in the future and I already have ideas for more projects where I can use this machine to save me lots of time and work!
Note: The Pazzles Inspiration Creative Cutter retails for $599, however, if you’re interested in purchasing but the price is an obstacle, there is another option for getting the machine that many people find very attractive. This is called the Inspiration with a subscription commitment plan. You can see the 1 year options here and the 2 year options here. With these options, you could get started with the Inspiration and Pastry Starter Kit for as little as $145.95.
Here’s the really great news!! Now you can enter to win your very own Pazzles Inspiration Creative Cutter, a Pastry Kit and a flyer for 6 months free to Pazzles Craft Room. MSRP: $638.95!! WoW! Get your entries in below! Click on “a Rafflecopter giveaway” if the widget doesn’t load for you or if you’re reading from an email or feed reader.
Entries will remain open until Wednesday, September 25 at 11:59pm CST. One winner will be randomly chosen by Random.org. US addresses only please. The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond. If there is no response, a new winner will be chosen.