Thursday, January 2, 2014

Polar Bear with Ornament Tutorial

So you have seen a cute piece of artwork, either on a card or online. You think, hey that would make a great cookie. What to do next?

First, you figure out if it is copyrighted or not. (Allow me to get on my soapbox for just a moment)

If you see an image in a card, on ribbon or on a clip art website. It is almost 100% copyrighted. This is not just a "oh well, who will know" kind of Copyright. This is a business. This is someone's livelihood. This is someone's hard earned time. You know the time, you have spent, baking those cookies, making the icing, telling your kids, just one more minute. Hard earned time. How would you feel if I took those cookies and sold them as MY OWN? It would sting wouldn't it? Not only are you hurt, but I just took money away from you. This is what you do, when you innocently "borrow" someone's artwork when making something for resale. (I am not talking about the hobbiest or someone who is not making an income from cookies).

So I ask you to please take this in consideration when looking at images. Please support the artist and pay the little that it costs to use these images properly.

(Stepping off soapbox now, thank you for your time)

This is why I have decided to open a shop of clip art images, geared towards decorators. These images in Drawn with Character can be used when decorating your own cookies. Each image sale comes with a "small commercial license" for resale up to 100 in quantity, with a linkable credit to Drawn with Character wherever and whenever you display your cookies.

OK, let's make this little Polar Bear and Ornament. You can purchase this image off my Etsy store. It is currently discounted for end of season.

Supplies Needed:
15 sec. icing in whatever holiday colors you want. I chose the standard 
Green, Red, White and Yellow
Also needed, black and pink for the details
Gold Luster Dust
Sky Blue Gel Food Color

This is how I hand cut cookies from a homemade template.

How to make the template:

Enlarge the image to the size of the cookie you want.
Print it out. 
Place it on a light table if possible. Place a piece of card stock on top or in this case, I used an index card.
Trace around the image, keeping in mind to stay away from small points that could cause week areas and cookie breakage.

 Cover both sides of the card in clear packing tape. Make sure the sides of the tape overlap.
Cut out image.

You now have a template that is protected from all the buttery goodness and greasiness!
Place on chilled cookie dough.
Use an exato knife or sharp knife to cut around the template.
Cut as many shapes as you can before lifting them to the cookie sheet.
If the cookie edges are a little rough, just tap the sides with your finger to smooth them out.

* Just pretend the above ornament is green. ;) Sometimes I get a little mixed up when taking pictures.*
*Important: Start by flooding the ornament first. That way you will get the feeling that the bear's hands are onto of the ornament, not melding into it.
Flood ornament and while it is still wet, place lines across the ornament. Be sure to make them flow with the shape of the ornament, that will build the illusion of dimention.
While it is still wet, drag a pick, in any pattern you wish. I started in the middle and went down. Making sure to create a rounded shape as you do.

 Next pipe the hands, head ears and feet, leaving open spaces for the pads of the feet.
While still wet, drop in pink blobs to the ears and use pick to drag a thin point towards the heat.
Pipe hook for ornament.
Layer scarf and hat. Start with what is BEHIND first. This will add to the dimension once again.
So start with the top part of the hat and the lower scarf tie. Continue layering, letting each layer dry.
Add pink toes and pads on feet once white has dried.

 Pipe small round poofs for pom pom of hat.
If you wish, place cookie back under projector for details on eyes, nose, eyebrows, hairs, scarf and hat.
Want a little more life in your eyes? While the black is still wet as a small drop of white piping icing, on the tip of a pick, to create a highlight.
Same goes for the nose. You can make the highlight as big or small as you like. I just used a piping bag for his nose here.

Once the icing is totally dry, about 12-24 hrs, you can apply a light coat of luster dust to the ornament's hook. But be sure its dry or the icing may pit.

At the end, I felt as though the white of the bear blended into the cookie a little and needed something. ?? So I used a very little bit of sky blue gel color, and brushed it in very lightly into the cracks and crevasses of the cookie to try and give a little more dimension. 

Add a few snowflakes and this was a cute little teacher gift!!

Once again this bear image can be purchased from my Etsy Store, Drawn with Character. It is on sale for $2 today. 

All the End of Season Winter images are on sale, just enter promo code SHOP2013  until Saturday. 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!! Have a great day. Its a snow day here. Yippee!!!!

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