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How to Decorate a Mardi Gras Mask

posted Monday Feb 06, 2017 at 07:30 PM by Anne Yorks — 2 comments

 

Let the good times roll with these Mardi Gras cookies!

Boy do I love cookie sets with just three colors!! It makes everything easier: the planning, the decorating, and the clean up! This set features Americolor Regal Purple, Lemon Yellow, and Leaf Green. 

Check out that new mask shape! Here is a video showing three different ways to decorate it. 

 

 

 

Are you new to decorating? Click here to check out our 'getting started' tutorials for videos on how to make royal icing, piping and flooding, and rolling and baking. Recipes are included in the videos!

 

All three of these cutters are NEW and now available in our online shop! Click here to check them out!

In the video I used tip #2 for the outlining (before flooding). But to pipe those finer details on the mask, I scaled down to a tip #1.5

I think I like the crown as much as the mask. A simple flooded background with some fun fonts for the text. I used tip #2 on the yellow lettering and tip #1.5 on the green.

If you like this text...click on the photo below to view and print a downloadable pdf file!

 

Did you notice the fleur de lis cookie? It's also a new shape, too!! Sleek and elegant and easy...the perfect accent cookie since those masks took some time to pipe!

One last note before I wrap this up.....

Are you on Instagram? Check us out - @flourboxbakery. We love posting behind the scenes photos of what we're up to on Instagram. Plus, we'll be hosting a cute giveaway soon!

Happy Decorating,
Anne

 

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How to Stencil Valentine Cookies

posted Monday Jan 30, 2017 at 08:58 PM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

It's been a super busy week with cookie work and family fun, so the timing of this tutorial is perfect, because these are three QUICK and EASY designs! Quick and easy - my favorite ways to decorate cookies! :)

I love using stencils because they create very precise cookies. This video features several of our best-selling Valentine Stencils.

Check it out!

Are you new to decorating? Click here to check out our 'getting started' tutorials for videos on how to make royal icing, piping and flooding, and rolling and baking. Recipes are included in the videos!

A few airbrush tips that reduce blurring: 

1. Use a stencil genie. I have to admit, this is one 'gadget' that I love. It keeps that stencil in place and gives amazing results every time I airbrush!

2. Stay low. Keep a 2-3" distance between airbrush gun and cookie surface 

3. Aim at a 90 degree angle (pointing down at the cookie, not across) You definitely want to blow the color down at the cookie. If you aim across, the color can blow up and under the stencil.

4. Keep your airbrush machine on the low speed (helps control the amount of color coming out).

5. Go slow. Use very light pressure on the trigger and take your time

For more airbrushing tips - check out these two videos: How to use a Stencil Genie and Getting Started Airbrushing.

A few tips for STENCILING WITH ICING (like the cupid and Happy Valentine's Day cookies)...

1. Remember to keep the icing consistency stiff. This will help the icing to hold its shape. If the icing is too thin, the image will blob out a little bit. Plus, if the icing is too thin, the stencil will be messy (reducing the number of times you can reuse it). I can usually stencil 6-12 cookies before cleaning the stencil. 

2. Also, and this is very important, before stenciling with icing, I like to let the base layer of icing dry for at least 6 hours. This gives the icing a chance to firm up before putting any pressure on the surface. I normally wait 1-2 hours if I'm just piping details or airbrushing. But I have dented too many cookies by rushing. I find it best to wait 6 hours.

I like to use the royal icing scraper, but an spatula works well too. 

The stencils featured in the video are: XOXO, Scattered Hearts, Happy Valentine's Day, Arrows, and Cupid. (click on the stencil title to view each one in our shop or check out our full Valentine's Day collection HERE!)

Here is a good sample of what is in this collection, some really fun stuff! 

Looking for a little more stencil fun? Check out this favorite video from last year on created a rainbow heart cake!

This video features the Small Heart Stencil and the icing scraper

Happy Decorating!

Anne

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How to Decorate a LOVE Cookie

posted Tuesday Jan 24, 2017 at 07:14 AM by Anne Narber — 1 comments

It’s the season of love!  What better way to show it than with this pink polka-dotted LOVE cookie?!

 

This cutter is one of my favorites! I have used it every Valentine's for as long as I've had it!

And now there is a short video tutorial to show how to decorate it. When I first started making this cookie, I felt like I needed to use a projector to outline. But then I realized that by following the shape of the cutter, I can do this freehand - and it's a lot faster!! I outline this cutter the same way every time. I always start with the L, V, and E...then save the O for last. Watch and see...

 

 

Are you new to decorating? Click here to check out our 'getting started' tutorials for videos on how to make royal icing, piping and flooding, and rolling and baking. Recipes are included in the videos!

On this cookie, the colors I used are Americolor Deep Pink and Bright White.

This is this the LOVE cutter used to create this cookie- 

 

I have done this one in rainbow colors...

 

As a wedding favor...

 

 

With cute heart cakes...

 

As a soccer team party favor...

 

a football tailgate treat ...

 

And part of a Philly cookie set for a corporate order...

 

So how will you spread the LOVE this cookie season? Are you looking for MORE Valentine's cookie inspiration? Check out our tutorial page here for tons of fun (FREE) ideas!

Happy Decorating!!

Anne

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How to Decorate a Typewriter Cookie

posted Friday Jan 20, 2017 at 08:30 AM by Anne Narber — 0 comments

When I learned how to type in high school...it was on a typewriter! That seems so foreign now. I think the typewriters were replaced the year after I took that class. But it was the most practical class I had in school. The skills I learned from that class I have used every day since. 

Making a typewriter has been on my list for a few years. I am so excited to finally cross it off my list!

Here's the video tutorial on how to make these cookies using a purse cutter...

I think the biggest thing to set off this design is to trim the cookie at the top before baking. This will create a squared top for the edge of the typewriter paper.

Are you new to decorating? Click here to check out our 'getting started' tutorials for videos on how to make royal icing, piping and flooding, and rolling and baking. Recipes are included in the videos!

This is the purse cutter used to create this cookie.

Also featured in this video is the fine point black food marker. It is available in a 2-pen set and a 10-pen set.

Before we go, I also wanted to mention that the new cutter set from LilaLoa is now available! 

 

Based on the popular cookie book, The Cookie Companion by Georganne Bell, you can now create the cookies of your dreams with this new CUTTER SET! Featuring ten unique designs, this set is a must-have for any baker.  Tub of 10 metal cookie cutters: Cake Slice (3.25" X 3.5"), Cake Stand (3" X 4.5"), Baby (3.5" X 4.5"), Rattle (2" X 3.75"), Jar of Flowers (2.25" X 5"), Confetti Ribbon (2.5" X 4.25"), Candle (1.5" X 4"), Plaque (4.25" X 3.5"), Tall Gift 2.25" X 3.75") and Bird (4" X 2.5").

 

Happy Decorating!!

Anne

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How to decorate a Frog Cookie

posted Tuesday Jan 17, 2017 at 06:27 AM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

I love Valentine's Day because it is the holiday that features the most puns...making cookie decorating so much fun!

For this week's tutorial I created a cute Valentine Frog. It would be great to give these as class treats with a tag that said 'Valentine, you're TOADally sweet!'

I love this design because it is a 'cookie stacker'. I don't do many of these, but in this case, the 2nd cookie really brings this frog to life.

Check out this video tutorial on how to create this design! Use the graphics in the video to learn when to dry each phase and what icing tips are suggested.

Are you new to decorating? Click here to check out our 'getting started' tutorials for videos on how to make royal icing, piping and flooding, and rolling and baking. Recipes are included in the videos!

If you're looking to recreate this design, I used this frog cutter.

You can use mini cutters from anywhere, including this 6pc Valentine mini cutter set.

I did a few frogs holding an XO. I used the mini cutter from this lips set

I have several more fun Valentine tutorials coming over the next few weeks! I'll continue to post them on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, too!

While I have you, I wanted to mention that we have been having so much fun adding NEW cutters and stencils to our shop. Here's a few collages to quickly show you what's new!

We just added 20 new stencil designs. Our shop now features more than 180 different stencils!! Check them out here!

And we've recently added several new fun cookie cutters as well...including several sets. See our full cutter collection - click here!

Just in time for Valentine's day we added a fun Tic Tac Toe Hugs and Kisses cutter set. And a new 2 pc Bunny with Carrot Ears for Easter. Check out the new LIPS and LIPSTICK that go perfectly with all the Girls Night Out cutter options! Just in time for the Superbowl we have a 4 pc football set. Other new additions include: 4 pc Pet Set, 3 pc Tea Party Set ,and the 3 pc Princess set.

Are you ever looking for something specific that we don't offer? CONTACT US! We would love to hear from you!

Happy Decorating!

Anne

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