November 09, 2015

How to Decorate Cellophane Bags

Have you ever became obsessed with a project? Please tell me you have, it would make me feel normal. I have been working on the idea of decorating cellophane bags for well over a year or more. In all honestly, I have been completely and totally 100% obsessed!! I knew there had to be a way of doing this. I've seen shops on etsy that sell decorated cellophane bags. Most of the ones I found were international but that is beside the point.  I MUST figure this out.

I have purchased hundreds of different stamp pads to try a variety of different inks. Okay, maybe not hundreds, but probably every brand known to mankind. Every thing I tried either smeared or when I got it wet, it would smear. I wanted a full proof method with no issues!!

I am so excited and happy to announce I finally found something that worked!!!!! Hooray!!!! And you do not have to spend a ton of money like I did trying to find the right products. Of course, I wanted to share my excitement with YOU!! So hang on, I am about to blow your a good way of course :)

 How To Decorate Cellophane Bags

The first thing  you will need are stamps. You can purchase your stamps anywhere. I recommend finding a stamp that is no wider than the bag you will be using. Try to keep it simple. I personally like stamps with sentiments or even stamps that have a filigree design.

No matter what stamp design you choose, just remember this one little thing. Once it is used for a non-food item, you should never use it with a food item. For instance, the stamps that I purchased for this project, I would never use to stamp on a cookie. 

Here it is!!! Here is the life changer right here!! This is the ONLY product I was able to find that does not smear, even when wet. You may be asking yourself why I am so concerned about the ink becoming wet. I have no answer, I just didn't want there to be any possible way of the ink smearing.
You can purchase this product at Joann Fabrics, Michaels, AC Moore and I am sure there are other stores also, but these are stores that I know of for sure. You can also purchase from Amazon. It comes in a variety of colors. My personal preference is white for a few reasons:
1. It has a look of elegance.

2.  You do not want to choose a color that is going to take away from the cookie. The cookie is the real star!!!  

Also do not forget to purchase the StazOn all purpose stamp cleaner. You will want to clean your stamps when you are done. Trust me when I tell you that soap and water will not get your stamps clean. And a toothbrush does wonders in helping get into those tiny crevices.  

Below is what you will get when you purchase the white ink.

Use your ink bottle and squeeze the ink out onto the ink pad in random sections.

Grab the scraper thingy that came in the box and "scrape" the entire surface of the pad. This will help to ensure that your entire stamp will be covered in ink for a clean, crisp look.

Ink up your stamp.......

Stamp on the cellophane bag wherever your little heart desires. I tend to stamp on the lower portion. Once again, only because I do not want to take away from the real star.......the cookie :)  You can stamp on the top, in the middle, on the back, on the sides!!!! Well you get my point.

**I want to mention at this point, that I have a piece of white paper on the inside of my cellophane bag. You DO NOT need to do this. You will understand the reason for this piece of paper later on in the post.

Now get ready to be amazed!! This ink is completely dry and smear proof in 10.07 seconds. Actually more like 10 seconds, but my finger was not fast enough to stop the timer.

The best part?  NO BLEEDING!!!!!! By using the white paper on the inside of the cellophane bag, I wanted to show that there is no bleeding of the ink. Which does NOT come into contact with the cookie. Please tell me you are as excited as I am about this!!

Now that I have your full attention, and because I have been obsessed with this whole idea. I decided to try one more thing. Grab your permanent sharpie markers and have some fun!

Permanent sharpie markers come in a variety of colors. For my little experiment I decided to go with the bronze and red colors.

**Notice that I have inserted the white piece of paper on the inside of the cellophane bag again.

Using your markers, color in the image, write a personal message, or just be creative.

Give the markers 10 seconds or so to dry.  Here I am rubbing generously the colored and stamped image.

Look!! No smearing!!


Can you imagine the possibilities now that you have all this information?

Here's another idea! I know there has to be a place somewhere out there that does customize stamps. If you have a logo, maybe get it made into a stamp! Use the stamp instead of stickers on all your cellophane bags. 

If you decide to decorate your cellophane bags, please share your creations with me.  I would LOVE to see what you come up with! Make sure you share them to my wall on my Facebook Page or even tag me in a post on instagram (you can find me on instagram @tamirenacookies) using #stampedfortami 

Last but not least, have fun with it and be creative!

September 15, 2015

Cookie Stamp and the Dough-Ez

Do you have one of those products that you just absolutely love? Well I now have two products that I absolutely love and honestly do not know how I have ever lived without them! 

Did you know that Dough-Ez is offering a FREE SHIPPING promo code? Now you do! Sit tight and I will share with you the link and promo code so you can get your very own Dough-Ez. You are really, really going to want this product.

First I want to introduce to you the cookie stamp from Bobbi's Cookies and Cutters on etsy and how I use my Dough-Ez to stamp the bottom of my cookies. It's so fun and easy. Other than Oreo cookies, who else has their name on a cookie :) Well I do now!!

Place your cookie dough in between the pastry mat. Remember with the Dough-Ez you do not need to add the extra flour to roll out your dough. **Quick disclaimer: if you have a "stickier" dough, you may want to add a light brushing of flour. Just a very small amount should do the trick.

The Dough-Ez kit does come with 6 guides to help you roll to your desired thickness. I have a Joseph and Joseph rolling pin (another favorite product of mine) that I prefer. But if you do not have a rolling pin with guides, these guide sticks are excellent!

Open one side of the pastry mat and notice how there is NO sticking! It's a miracle......really it is.

Use your cookie cutter and cut out your cookies right on your mat.

Lay the mat back over onto your cut cookies........

then flip your mat completely over.

You will now be looking at the bottom side of your cookies. THIS is where the cookie stamp comes into play.

Using your cookie stamp, gently press it into the dough and use a rocking motion for the impression.
See how clean it stamps!

Your cookies are now ready to bake.

Place the stamped side of the cookie onto your baking pan and bake as normal.

When the cookies have cooled, turn them over to reveal your very own name! Guess what else? You don't have to just have your name on a cookie. Nope! Bobbi's Cookies and Cutters even makes stamps that you could add your own sentiment. Words like "Thank You", "Baked Just for You".......etc. You can even get a stamp that tells what the flavor of the cookie is. An example would be just a simple stamp that says "vanilla"........."orange"........."lemon"..........well you get the idea.

Remember earlier when I was telling you about the promo code for free shipping with the Dough-Ez? Well let's make this easy okay? Just click here and add 1 to your cart. In the promo code use: trcookies and get free shipping!! How cool is that?

If you prefer to watch these products being used in video form, well of course I have that covered to.

Have you purchased the Dough-Ez yet? What do you love about it? What will you put on your cookie stamp? I'm dying to know!!

**The DoughEZ is an affiliate link, therefore I will be compensated for purchases made through this blog. Compensation = more cookie dough and supplies, so I can make more tutorials!!

May 01, 2015

Piping a Circle

I'm not sure about all of you, but piping a circle has to be one of the single most frustrating things ever. Is there a perfect circle? NO! Can you make it look like a perfect circle? Well, you can sure try.

I have heard where some people find it easiest to go counter clockwise with their icing. Then there are those that are able to achieve a circle by going clockwise. How about those that are able to master a turntable? Obviously I do not fall into any of these categories. So I thought I would show you how I do it.

For me the easiest way is to use Ateco 5457 12-Piece Stainless Steel Round Cutter Set, Plain like pictured below:

These cutters are my all time favorite!!

Piping a Circle

Begin by choosing a circle cutter of the size you need. Then center the cutter onto your cooled cookie. Later you get to see how I did not do a very good job centering this cutter :(

Using a scribe tool, go around the inside edge of the cutter to make a small impression. You could also use an edible marker. The main reason I use a scribe?  The icing seems to "fall" into the impression easily.

Brush off any excess crumbs to reveal your circle.

Using this circle as a guide, let your icing fall into the impression while piping.

Now flood your cookie, being careful not to add too much flood to the already piped line.

Using your scribe tool, push the icing towards any uncovered impression. It still might not be perfect, but with a little help from the scribe, all should be good.

As I said, no circle is perfect. But to make it appear as perfect as possible, try adding a beaded border.

This is about as good as it is going to get for me and circles. I sure wish I would have centered my cutter better!! But you get the idea, right?

You can see how I made this easy royal icing dogwood flower by visiting my youtube channel.

For those of you who would rather see this in video form, here you go:

Is there an easier way? I don't know, but if you do, please share!