Monday, February 7, 2011

Stamping On A Wedding Cookie



I promise soon I'll have a post that isn't cookie related but it's been my world for the last few weeks.

A few weeks ago I was in Paper Source with a friend where I found this stamp and immediately fell in love with the saying and font. I had to have it!


I knew it would be perfect for wedding cookies!
Why couldn't I stamp a cookie?

I've never seen a stamped cookie before but it became my quest to figure out a way to do it and how to get the best impression.

I tried a paper towel to hold the ink but it didn't work very well.
Stamping down into the paper towel put too much ink all over the stamp. Yuk.
Luckily, AmeriColor gel rinses right off and doesn't stain the stamp.


I then remembered a technique that I used when I was into stamping.
The trick is to take the ink source to the stamp and dab it on, so I had to perfect my ink delivery.

I made my own ink pad by taking a flat, firm, unused sponge that I cut the same size as the stamp and applied the food gel to it.
I then took my new ink pad in one hand put it over the top of the stamp and dabbed it.
Sorry I couldn't get a picture. I don't know how to use the timer on my camera - yet!
Anyway, it worked great!!


The dried icing on the cookie is pretty sturdy so I applied decent pressure rocking the stamp just a little to make sure it made contact with the cookie surface.


I realized it's best to stamp the cookie before doing any serious decorating in case I wasn't exactly pleased with the image. So do your base icing first, then stamp.

Here's the same cookie with a little more detail added.


Don't look too closely at the design.
Not my style and kind of *yawn* boring I think but I was zipping through it to see if I liked a pink border. I didn't. I tried to fix it with white pearl dragees. Nope. Not doing it for me.

Here's a cookie with pink pearl dragees ~
And of course, rainbow Disco Dust sprinkled on the heart.


I liked the elegant simplicity of this design especially for a bride who doesn't want to go all florally. (Is that a word?)

The bride, whose wedding is in May, is having a cake with black bands of icing around the base. She's having pale pink flowers with light green
accents so I tried to incorporate all the elements into this prototype cookie.

Cookie with rounded bottom ~


I think something is need on the 'tray' layer but I don't know what quite yet.
Perhaps a pink color?

Cookie with flat bottom ~


Which one(s) do you like?


I'm sending them to the bride so she can mix and match design elements.

Since I'm just beginning the thought and design processes, I'm open to suggestions and ideas! :)

22 comments:

LPC said...

I like all of them but really, the one on the left is my favorite:).

The enchanted home said...

Those are really just too cute to eat. Something that pretty has got to bring the lucky couple a lifetime of good luck:) They are wonderful as always! Stop by for my first giveaway, a beautiful french chair!
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preppyplayer said...

Love them all. I especially like that the writing is not dark- looks vintage, old fashioned, and pretty!

Preppy 101 said...

All of them! But if I have to pick one, I'd choose the rounded bottom w/ black bands. Based on what you said about her wedding cake, I think this is similar??? Keep us posted!! xoxo

Tara said...

Genius! Thank you so much for sharing this technique! I love them all, but the bottom one is my favorite. :)

Pink in a sea of blue said...

I agree with the previous comment that they're all too pretty to eat. I like the one with the black bands...so modern.Hope you're doing well!

living well said...

I love all of these!! I'd love to have something like that for my wedding!

Hines-Sight said...

Those are lovely. The ones with the black bands are the most memorable, I think. They make me want to "look at them".

Carrie said...

How lovely are these! It is sooooo cute. I would definitely get one for myself. :p

Carrie
http://readmylifeascarrie.blogspot.com/

Town and Country Mom said...

Beautiful! I like the one on the right, especially.

Carole said...

How clever! I learn so much from you. Thanks for sharing your ideas and skill.
They are all lovely, but my favorite is the one w/ the rounded bottom and tiny roses.

Formerly known as Frau said...

They are all gorgeous but my favorite it the pink with the silver balls.

Natty said...

I like all your cookie posts, you are so talented..
I like the one on the right the best with the pink dragees..
I wish I could get them all!

Glitterista said...

These would be absolutely perfect for wedding favors! Love the one with the pink layers. :)

Kristyn Grace said...

I really love them all! Honestly I like the two pink ones the best! This is such a great idea and will definitely keep it in mind for my wedding!

classic • casual • home said...

This one "takes the cake"...really! I love it!
Mary Ann

mizz said...

oh auntie pasta!!! these are great!!! WOWzers!!! i really like the rounded cake with the black bands!! ahhhhhh you are ahhhhh-mazing!!!

Kim said...

As usual...amazing!

Love the curved bottom, black banded cookie. The simple modern look is perfect!

Hannah's Nana said...

I concur with Mizz! Can't wait to see them! We will have fun won't we! I am totally bringing my dancin shoes!

Marketing and Martinis said...

i'm planning a friend's bridal shower right now! this was the perfect item to stumble upon! brilliant!

Anonymous said...

Your cookies are beautiful and I can only dream that mine will look this good one day.
Here's how I stamp on cookies (just an idea)This has always worked well for me.
1. Buy an unused foam stamp pad (with no color-obviously).
Add your color directly onto the empty stamp pad. Use airbrush color-This is the key for a cleaner sharper image - it's thinner and works great). Mostly I use black and then fill in with either my Americolor pens or color gel with a little water and paint directly onto the cookie.
3. I like the stamps that you apply to the acrylic blocks. They are interchangeable and clear so you can see where you are stamping.
4. Press or gently rub the pad onto the stamp. (Pressing the stamp into the pad doesn't work for me I just get a big mess).
Happy Decorating..There's nothing like a pretty cookie.

Marilyn *Pink Martinis and Pearls* said...

Thank you for the thorough info. Yep, I used an unused stamp pad for the vineyard cookies I made in October. I found the pad at Joanne's. It worked great with Americolor straight from the bottle brushed on to the pad. I would definitely do this again this way.

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