You'll have them saying "Ooh là là" when you bring out these Tickets to Paris Cookies from Confection Couture!
Here's what you'll need:
- Ticket to Paris cookie stencil
- Cookie Cutters
- 3" x 1 1/2" Rectangle
- 2" Square
- 2" Circle
- AirGenie Airbrush System
- Gyro-Cut Craft and Hobby Cutting Tool
- Cookie Magnets
- Plastic Bottle with Dropper Tip
- Quadrant Masking Tool (x2)
- Stencil Genie
- Screen Genie
- DecoPac Airbrush Food Coloring
- Midnight Black
- Petal Pink
- Gold Shimmer
- Harvest Brown
- Glad Press'n Seal
- Paper Towels
The first step, of course, is to bake your sugar cookies and top them with royal icing. Once the icing has hardened, proceed to the next step.
For the shading of the cookie backgrounds, try mixing colors. Add a teaspoon or so of DecoPac Airbrush Food Coloring in Harvest Brown to a plastic dropper bottle. Next, add an equal amount of Gold Shimmer and shake the bottle to mix thoroughly. Add a couple of drops to the reservoir of your AirGenie airbrush system tool and test the color out on a blank piece of white paper. Add more brown or gold colorant until you achieve the desired shade. Run the airbrush tool until empty before testing out a new color ratio.
Now, load a few more drops of the color mixture into the airbrush tool.
Always test out the airflow on a stack of paper towels prior to airbrushing each color and cookie. Adjust the flow as necessary by turning the dial on top of the airbrush unit.
To apply the shading spray the edge of the cookie from a low angle, adding a light coating on the edge and less and less color as you approach the center of the cookie. The middle of the cookie should have no color at this point. Rotate the cookie as you spray to evenly coat the entire edge.
Repeat for all cookies.
Cleaning up colorant from your work surface is easy using just water and a paper towel.
Cleaning the Airbrush Tool
To clean the airbrush tool between colors, rinse out the reservoir 4-5 times using clean water. Next, reattach the air hose and refill the reservoir with water. Run the water through the tool until it's completely empty. Repeat this step, once more using water, and then a third time using an inexpensive 100-proof vodka. Once the reservoir is empty, continue to run air through the tool to ensure that all of the liquid is gone.
Glad Press'n Seal is perfect for masking off intricate design elements of the stencil. Cut a piece roughly the size of the stencil and lay it over the top. Using your fingers, flatten out the plastic to remove any bubbles or wrinkles. Trim away excess plastic by placing the Quadrant Masking Tool under the edge and cutting it away using the Gyro-Cut craft and hobby cutting tool.
Next, use the Gyro cutter to trim around the elements that you will be airbrushing in pink. Peel away the plastic covering the desired shapes.
Proceed with cutting away all of the elements that you'll want in pink. This will save time later.
Stenciling with Petal Pink
Now, load 5-6 drops of Petal Pink into the airbrush tool. Take the Stencil Genie and separate the upper and lower portions. Place the thicker side down with the magnets facing up. Next, lay down the stencil with the segmented border design centered inside the square. Use two Quadrant Masking Tools to protect from overspray the areas of the cookie that are surrounding the stencil element. Add the Screen Genie over the top and lock everything in place using the other half of the Stencil Genie.
Next, place the entire assembly over the cookie, lining it up where you want the design to be airbrushed. Add two stacks of cookie magnets, 3 or 4 each, to further assist in pressing the stencil flat against the cookie surface.
After testing out the airflow on the paper towels, add the color using multiple light, even coats. Once finished, lift away the tool assembly and place the cookie aside.
Repeat the above steps to airbrush the inner border of the circle cookie. Add more colorant to the reservoir whenever needed.
Next, airbrush the small hearts of the "Paris" cookie.
Add the large hearts on half of the square cookies.
Now, airbrush the small corner hearts of the remaining square cookies.
Cleaning the Stencil and Stencil Tools
To clean the stencil and masking tools, simply rinse them or soak them in water. For the Screen Genie, you can either rinse it under a faucet or spray water backwards through the mesh using a chemical-free spray bottle.
Once clean, dry everything completely using paper towels or a lint-free towel.
Next, re-cover the stencil with Glad Press'n Seal and trim away the plastic covering all of the remaining design elements that you'll be airbrushing in black. Make sure to leave covered all the elements that you've already airbrushed in pink.
Stenciling with Midnight Black
Follow the aforementioned steps to mask off the word "LOVE" and the outer border of that rectangle cookie.
Load some Midnight Black and lightly airbrush the design through the stencil.
Do the same for the 'Fleur de lis' design on the round cookie.
Proceed with airbrushing the word "Paris" and the outer border on the other rectangle cookies.
Add the border on the "hearts" cookies and the border and text on the "L'amour de la vie" cookies.
Your Ticket to Paris cookies are now complete and ready to transport you away to the most romantic of destinations!