To start, bake your cookie in sugar dough (for eating) or salt dough (if you plan on making ornaments). Before you bake the salt dough, use a straw and press down and then out to create a hole where the ribbon will go through the cookie.
Preparing to Stencil
Once your cookies are baked and cool add some royal icing (or white paint if making ornaments).
Shake your bottle of Super Red DecoPac Airbrush Food Coloring before pouring 4-5 drops into your AirGenie airbrush tool reservoir.
Next, take your first cookie and cover the corresponding stencil with a piece of Glad Press'n Seal. Use the Gyro-Cut craft and hobby cutting tool to trim around the red elements of the design. Peel away the trimmed portion to reveal the stencil elements.
For elements with a long, straight edge try using the Quadrant Masking Tool to mask off the rest of the cookie where using the Press'n Seal is not practical.
Now, separate the two halves of the Stencil Genie and place the thicker piece down with the magnets facing up. Place the stencil on top and then the Screen Genie. Next, use the other half of the Stencil Genie to lock everything in place. Position the entire assembly over the cookie and use Cookie magnets, in stacks of four or less, to further help press the stencil flat against the cookie surface.
Stenciling the Red Elements
Always test the airbrush flow on a stack of paper towels before airbrushing each cookie. Adjust the flow knob on the unit as necessary.
Apply the color in light coats using a small, circular motions. Once complete, place this cookie aside.
Wipe excess colorant off of your tools frequently, especially the mesh on the Screen Genie.
Proceed with the red elements of the next cookie using the aforementioned techniques.
Every three or so cookies, you'll need to clean your tools a bit more thoroughly. This can be accomplished by rinsing the stencils, masking tools, and Screen Genie under a faucet. Alternatively, you can spray water through the mesh using a chemical-free spray bottle. Be sure to dry everything completely before proceeding.
Complete the red stencil elements on the remaining two cookies.
Cleaning the Airbrush Tool
Before switching colors, you'll need to clean your airbrush tool. Rinse out the reservoir 3-4 times and reattach the hose. Run clean water through the tool twice, and then repeat a third time using an inexpensive 100-proof vodka. Once all of the vodka is gone, continue to blow air through the tool for a few seconds.
Stenciling the Green Elements
Next, load some Emerald Green into the airbrush tool and begin airbrushing the green stencil elements. Use the masking process with the Glad Press'n Seal from earlier to isolate individual stencil elements.
Complete the green elements on all of the remaining cookies.
Stenciling the Gold Elements and Adding Luster Dust
Next, switch to Bronze Shimmer and airbrush all of the "gold" stencil elements. Brush some gold luster dust (for baking) onto these design feature immediately after airbrushing to make them pop!
Repeat these steps for all remaining gold stencil elements.
Adding the Gold Sugar Pearls and Green Icing Dots
If desired, add a dab of royal icing onto a gold sugar pearl and add them to particular areas of the cookies to add a lovely three-dimensional feature!
You can also use some green icing and cover each green dot on the cookies to add some further flair!
Your Retro Christmas Ornaments Cookies are ready to entertain at your next holiday gathering!!
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