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How to Decorate a Sparkling Shamrock

posted Thursday Feb 22, 2018 at 10:05 PM by Anne Yorks — 3 comments

I switched over to GREEN this week. It's been so fun. We have a fun leprechaun tutorial coming tomorrow. And today, a SPARKLING sharmrock.

Check out this sparkling shamrock video! It shows the new EDIBLE Jewel Dust. We now carry 20 colors in our shop!

 

 

This photo has no filter (or editing)...and the sparkle is so beautiful. 

The little bottle in the video is called a dust pump. We have a small and large size. Check them out here (you'll have to scroll down just a bit to see them) - https://www.flourboxbakery.com/collections/decorating-tips It's just dust in there, no extra liquid. 

If you're planning to regularly use the jewel dust it might be a good investment. The dust pump is helpful, but not necessary. If you don't want to invest in one, you could also dip a paint brush in the jewel dust and tap it off over the cookie to shake on the sparkle.

After posting this video, I got a lot of questions about the projector. It's a pico, and it's the same projector I posted in the last video (the Snuggle is Real cookie). 

Here are a couple helpful links.

This is the pico I'm using, available on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/AAXA-Technologies-KP-101-01-Projector-built/dp/B005TAXDPK/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1519321984&sr=1-3&keywords=pico+projector

(FYI....my pico a few years old, and there are more models. So, do your research. Mine still works great, so I haven't updated/upgraded)

I use this tripod (also available on Amazon) - https://www.amazon.com/Limostudio-Camcorder-Digital-Cameras-Camcorders/dp/B005CRKX3K/ref=pd_bxgy_229_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B005CRKX3K&pd_rd_r=6NZM2HZZJGT3MVVJA5RE&pd_rd_w=9nmAe&pd_rd_wg=C6A9j&psc=1&refRID=6NZM2HZZJGT3MVVJA5RE

I also got a lot of questions about the airbrush. I am using the Cookie Countess Airbrush System in the video. 

We carry the AirGenie Pro and the Cookie Countess units. I like both and use both. The AirGenie Pro has a few extra bells and whistles (like a pink tote bag for storing your airbrush) ... my favorite features of the Pro are the extra gun and quick metal connect (making switching guns super easy if using multiple colors). The countess unit is great, and is a good value. You can check them both out and do more of a comparison here - https://www.flourboxbakery.com/collections/airbrush

Also, mark your calendar! I'm planning on decorating Easter baskets and eggs LIVE on facebook on March 1.

 

 

Happy Decorating!

Anne

 

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How to Pipe Text on Cookies

posted Tuesday Feb 13, 2018 at 06:34 AM by Anne Yorks — 6 comments

My friend Julie just had a baby girl and I'm so excited for her family. I wanted to make her some special cookies to celebrate all the new snuggles that are about to happen! Snuggling babies in footie pajamas might just be the best thing this side of heaven. 

I recently used this footie pajama cookie cutter from Ann Clark cookie cutters and fell in love. And to go with the footie pajama cookies, I added a plaque (and a little wit) with 'The Snuggle is Real' cookie.

I will be demonstrating this footie pajama and the baby bottle LIVE (noon EST) on facebook today Feb 13th. But, I think it might also be helpful to show the Snuggle plaque and give some tips on piping text.

When using a really specific font like this, it is helpful for me to use a projector. (This font is Magnolia Sky, available on dafont.com, but is for personal use only. Be sure to donate to the author if you use it) In this video I'm using a Pico Projector. I have a small USB drive that I use with my Pico Projector. Click here to find the projector, tripod,and hdmi plug on Amazon. 

**You won't see this in the video...to set up the projector, I save the graphic on the drive and then plug it into the Pico (but many decorators use the mini HDMI adapter to plug directly into an iphone or ipad). Usually before I decorate I need to:

(1.) flip the projection image (in settings) so it's not upside down. 
(2.) adjust the focus. 
(3.) make minor tweaks to the height of the tripod (to size correctly on the cookie).

For more details on Pico projectors check out Baking Sweet Hope. Anita is the cookie gadgeteer and has lots of helpful cookie gadget videos, including an in-depth Pico tutorial - click here to watch her YouTube video!

Are you ready to check out the video and see this cookie in action?

Consider these factors for piping text...

The two BIGGEST factors when piping text is hand pressure and icing consistency. The graphics in the video share when when to use strong hand pressure and light. The icing is a medium/soft peak piping consistency for nice icing flow.

Tip Size Matters...

Also, I'm using tip #2 because this is a large cookie. If I was piping in a smaller area I would size down to a #1.5 or #1 (still using varying hand pressure and medium icing consistency) These recent 'I a-dumbledore you' cookies are a great example of a SMALL cookie with a BIG word...so I used tip #1 (and my pico) to pipe these.

 

Let's talk projectors a little bit more...

I like the Pico compared to the KopyKake because it is BRIGHTER. I can use it with the lights on. It's also small (such a space saver). And, it is generally cheaper than a KopyKake. Now don't get me wrong, I still love my KopyKake. It is often easier for me to use with one of my own sketches (it's so low tech and EASY). But this Pico definitely wins in a lot of important categories.

If you like how the 'Snuggle' text looks, you can click and download a version here. Use it with your Pico or print and use with a Kopykake.

And don't forget to join me TODAY (Feb 13) on the Flour Box Bakery facebook page for a LIVE demo to the bottle and pajama cookie. I'll add this video to YouTube as well and post a link here too.

Are you new to decorating? Before starting your first project, check out our FREE videos! Click here to check out our 'getting started' tutorials for videos on how to:

 

These are the Chefmaster colors I used in this set: deep pink (for both shades of pink), sky blue, golden yellow, and bright white. See the full collection of liqua-gel colors - click here

Happy Decorating!

Anne

 

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How to Decorate a Wizard Cookie

posted Friday Feb 09, 2018 at 09:33 AM by Anne Narber — 2 comments

My girls and I just finished reading Harry Potter book 3 and I wanted to make them some really special cookies for Valentine's Day.

I had such a blast making these 'I a-dumbledore you'.

Are you new to decorating? Before starting your first project, check out our FREE videos! Click here to check out our 'getting started' tutorials for videos on how to:

 

These are the Chefmaster colors I used in this set: to make the robe and hat color I mixed violet, a tiny dot of black and white. I used fleshtone for the face. And used bright white for the hair/beard and super black for the details. That yellow is a few dots of yellow with white to keep it pale and buttery looking. See the full collection of liqua-gel colors - click here

Can you guess the cutter I used for the wizard? It's the Sugarbelle Ice Cream Cone!

I hope enjoyed this one! Happy Decorating!

Anne

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How to Decorate a Diamond Cookie

posted Monday Feb 05, 2018 at 11:43 AM by Anne Yorks — 2 comments

I love the new Geometric Cutter Set from Sugarbelle! The size and shape of the cutters is perfect!

Check out the video to see how I freehand these diamonds. No projector needed! 

 

Are you new to decorating? Before starting your first project, check out our FREE videos! Click here to check out our 'getting started' tutorials for videos on how to:

 

These are the Chefmaster colors I used in this set: to make the diamond color, I mixed a few dots of sky blue and leaf green. Then made the gray using super black + bright white for the gray. See the full collection of liqua-gel colors - click here

Sometimes the trick to getting consistent cookies when decorating multiple without a projector is using GUIDE DOTS (if you watch my videos, I do this all the time.) Freehand is always faster for me!

I love the silver highlight from the Crystal Color Bright Silver. Just one coat = a beautiful silver finish.

I'm using an ultra fine SILVERWHITE brush #0 to add the accents. The come in three sizes 0, 00, and 00000 (this is the smallest of the crew). Click here to view them in the shop!

You can find the Sugarbelle cutter set here - click here to view in shop.

Happy Decorating!

Anne

 

 

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How to Decorate an Electric Guitar Cookie

posted Wednesday Jan 31, 2018 at 09:16 PM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

These are cookies that ROCK! I made them for a birthday party, but they could also be super fun for Valentine's Day...as in "Valentine, you rock!"

This is a design that looks impressive, but with a little patience isn't too tough to accomplish. Check out the video and use the graphics to learn what tips to use and when to dry the icing.   

Are you new to decorating? Before starting your first project, check out our FREE videos! Click here to check out our 'getting started' tutorials for videos on how to:

 

 

 

These are the Chefmaster colors I used in this set: sky blue, bright white, buckeye brown, super black, and super black + bright white for the gray. See the full collection of liqua-gel colors - click here

I like the Ann Clark electric guitar cutter best because it has a wide neck allowing for 6 guitar strings. You can find it in our shop - click here!

The trick to the strings is using a thinner piping icing with a tip #1. I practice a few straight lines before jumping on to the cookie. Takes a little patience and steadiness. This is one of those designs that becomes easier with repetition.

 

In the end, the results are awesome!

Happy Decorating,

Anne

 

 

 

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