When I received an invitation from Haniela to participate in her Christmas Card Cookie project I was excited! She hosted a lovely Spring blog project which I was a part of and I really enjoyed it. I also really enjoy Hani’s blog and if you haven’t visited their yet, please do so. She is wondrously talented. Today she is hosting a wonderful Christmas Card cookie project with 21 fellow cookiers! Do check them all out by following their links at the end of this post. You will be awed and totally inspired. If this array of impressive cookies don’t get you in the mood for Christmas baking I don’t know what will!
Our task for this project was to create a cookie *card* based on a Christmas card we had seen and liked. Well, I decided to search the internet for Christmas cards as when this project was assigned, cards for this year’s holiday were not yet in my local stores.
In my search I found this lovely card created by the wonderfully talented Catherine who lives in England. Catherine is the owner of the adorable blog and shop, Bumpkin Bears. I contacted her, told her about Hani’s project and asked permission to use her card to create mine. She graciously granted it and so, here is my Christmas Cookie Card inspired by Catherine’s sweet card.
The cookie card is 4″ high (not incl. the bell) and 5 1/2″ wide (incl. the bell). It is made with my regular Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookie recipe and following is a tutorial on how I completed it.
Once the dough was cut by hand in the above shape, the cookie was baked and cooled. Royal icing in both piping and flooding consistency was prepared in the following colours; white, red, dark blue, light blue, gold and green. A draft of the design was drawn and as you can see, was changed slightly on the finished cookie (Christmas song choice).
Next step was to pipe the outline for the bell (red and white), the snow (white) and the skyline (dark blue).
Once dry, I flooded the snow and the bell and waited for them to dry a little before flooding the sky background.
At this point the cookie was left to dry for a few hours. Then it was time to pipe the outline for the ducks. I piped a couple of evergreen trees (green icing) and piped and flooded the Christmas Star (gold icing). White piping was used to add the little white dots for the snowfall. Black icing was used for the legs and red for the duck’s boots.
Then, time to flood the ducks with white flood icing.
Now, the cookie was left to dry overnight. The next day, the following was done…
1. Duck scarves were added with red and light blue piping icing then flooded
2. The star was brushed with clear corn syrup then yellow sanding sugar was poured over it. Any excess is shaken off into a clean coffee filter.
3. The bell was brushed with clear corn syrup and red sanding sugar and white sanding sugar applied in the same manner as was done with the star.
4. The trees were brushed with clear corn syrup and green sanding sugar applied.
5. The duck boots were outlined with a black edible food colouring marker.
6. A black edible food colouring marker was used to write *O Holy Night* between the ducks.
And last but not least, white piping icing and a #1 tip was used to write *Merry Christmas* on the bell.
Thank you Catherine for allowing me to use your delightful Christmas Ducks and thank you Haniela for asking me join so many talented cookiers in this wonderful party!
1.Stephanie, Ellie’ s Bites Decorated Cookies
2. Anne, Flour Box Bakery
3. Georganne, LilaLoa
4. Lorraine, Lorraine’s Cookies
5. Kim, The Partiologist
6. Pam, Cookie Crazie
7.Cathy, Cathy’s Cookies
8. Mariëlle, De Koekenbakkers
9. Nadia, My Little Bakery
11. Callye, Sweet Sugarbelle
12. Marlyn, Montreal Confections
13. Lisa, The Bearfoot Baker
14. Meaghan, The Decorated Cookie
15. Paula, Vanilla Bean Baker
16. Miriam & Estíbaliz, Message in a Cookie
17. Ali, Ali Bee’s Bakeshop
18. Myriam, Chapix Cookies
19. Jennifer, Not Your Momma’s Cookie
20. Jill, Funky Cookie Studio
21. Maryann, Cookie Artisan
22. Hani, Haniela’s