Cookie Invtation ?

Baking By doodledo Updated 9 Sep 2009 , 6:05pm by KHalstead

doodledo Posted 31 Aug 2009 , 4:27pm
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I just seen on a website where you can order cookie invitations or thank yous. To me it was just a square or rectangle cookie, covered in RI (?) with some kind of edible paper on top of that with the information on it. Has anyone ever tried this method before? Or wrote something other than an initial on RI? I was wondering how hard it would be to read the words.

TIA

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linedancer Posted 31 Aug 2009 , 5:57pm
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Yes, I did Christmas cards, two years ago.

Made 3x5 NFSC. I am a fondant gal, so covered in fondant,applied an edible image that I designed with PrintShop, embossed the edges.

I bagged them and put them in a 3x5 gold foil box, it was like a jewelry box, I ordered from the net. Addressed padded mailing envelopes and trusted them to the PO. All arrived safely.

Also did invitations for my Neighborhood Open House, the same way that year. It was fun and certainly caused a lot of comment. The words were easy enough to read, but there is just so much space, you have to be careful not to scrunch too much on it.

indydebi Posted 31 Aug 2009 , 6:20pm
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Awesome idea!

sweetcravings Posted 31 Aug 2009 , 6:37pm
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Linedancer...cool idea! Any pictures of the finished cookies? I would be so worried they wouldn't make it to their destination safely..how thick are your cookies?

cylstrial Posted 31 Aug 2009 , 7:11pm
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Originally Posted by linedancer

Yes, I did Christmas cards, two years ago.

Made 3x5 NFSC. I am a fondant gal, so covered in fondant,applied an edible image that I designed with PrintShop, embossed the edges.

I bagged them and put them in a 3x5 gold foil box, it was like a jewelry box, I ordered from the net. Addressed padded mailing envelopes and trusted them to the PO. All arrived safely.

Also did invitations for my Neighborhood Open House, the same way that year. It was fun and certainly caused a lot of comment. The words were easy enough to read, but there is just so much space, you have to be careful not to scrunch too much on it.




Awesome!! Post a piccie for us to admire! icon_smile.gif

doodledo Posted 31 Aug 2009 , 9:44pm
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Linedancer I am so glad you have done this before. I am thinking I would need approx 30. I have so many questions. Did you send them just reg mail or did they have to go priority?
Are they pretty fast to make? I have never worked with an edible image before. I guess I need a special printer?
Did you place a notecard or something in with the cookie so everyone knew to eat it?
Do you think they would work fine on RI? Fondant always looks nice but I am not a fan of the taste.
THANKS

luv2bake6 Posted 31 Aug 2009 , 10:52pm
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How did you stick the image onto the fondant?

linedancer Posted 1 Sep 2009 , 1:07pm
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Hi folks, I am not getting notifications when there is a reply to a post, so sorry, I am lagging behind. I was getting ready to go to Disney when I mailed these and I did not take any pictures. I was trying to bring up the design for them, but am having trouble with my computer. If I can get them saved to a program cc will accept, I will post them later.

To answer questions:

sweetcravings - I roll my cookies 3/16", I do not like really thick sugar cookies

doodledo - I sent them regular mail. The cookies fit in the boxes, exactly. The were jewelery boxes and I left the cotton insert in them (the cookies were bagged, so not touching the cotton). Then packaged them in a padded mailer. They all arrived safely.

The way I do them, they are not hard to make. Bake your cookie, I apply fondant, I am not an ri person, but I would suppose it would work OK. I have read other threads where they have applied edible images to ri. You might want to look up some of those threads.

Apply the edible image and I use patchwork cutters to emboss around the edges to give it a more finished look.

You do need a dedicated printer to make edible images.

In my open house invitations, I did put a paper replica of the edible image, so they could eat the cookie, but still have info for the party. I will give you a clue though, they probably will not get eaten!! I know most of mine got saved though the Christmas season. So you might want to reconsider fondant icon_smile.gif

luv2bake6 - I use thinned karo to adhere the fondant to the cookie. I love to decorate the cookies, so I let the cookies cool, so I have plenty of time to do what I like best...

I also use thinned karo to attach the ei.

Sorry for the book, hope all of this helps.

doodledo Posted 1 Sep 2009 , 1:34pm
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Thank You for your reply. But what is a patchwork cutter? I looked it up and to me it looks like a stamp.

I think I am going to try this. Do you use MMF or some other fondant?

If I have a printer that did use reg ink can I clean it and start to use it for this?

Is there a good place to buy ei?

luv2bake6 Posted 1 Sep 2009 , 1:46pm
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Thank you linedancer.
I've always attached ei while ri was wet but got bumps and valleys as the royal was drying. Never thought i could attach with karo. Does the image melt into the cookie that way like it does in wet ri? Or does it still stay paper-like?

linedancer Posted 1 Sep 2009 , 1:57pm
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I use patchwork cutters to emboss the fondant. They will also cut, you just use a lighter touch to emboss.
It has sharper edges than a stamp.

I use MMF, Rhonda's Ultimate, here is the link:

http://cakecentral.com/recipes/3183/rhondas-ultimate-mmf

Depends on the printer, I did use a refurbished Cannon for my first one, but really, the cost of new printers is fairly low. I think I paid $90 for a new print head for the Cannon. I just bought a new Cannon for $99, go figure.

I buy my ink and frosting sheets from Icing Images dot com. They have great service. It will cost you around $200 to get completely set up for edible images, new printer, ink cartridges, and frosting sheets. If you go to Icing Images, they list the printers you can use. I think other folks also use kopykake.

I have never had edible images made, but I think you can get it done at Walmart or Sams. There are also places on the net. Maybe someone else can help out here.

The old fashion Santa cookies are not the Christmas card ones, but made with the same procedure:
LL

luv2bake6 Posted 1 Sep 2009 , 2:00pm
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Those are gorgeous! Ok, would you mind giving me a step by step with your embossing technique starting from after the ei is placed? I'm really thick with this and would love to try this beautiful technique. Thanks!

linedancer Posted 1 Sep 2009 , 7:03pm
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Sure, glad to share. The old fashion Santa cookies started out with a base of white fondant. I apply the ei with thinned corn syrup.

However, I am very careful about how I brush on the corn syrup. I use a fairly small chisel brush and brush a line of syrup just inside where I think the ei will be placed, closing up the rectangle or circle, or whatever shape you are using.

Then I apply a small amount inside the lines, going around until the fondant is just damp and somewhat sticky. I place the ei and move it around just a bit so the syrup gets to the edges of the ei, but not outside of it. It is important not to use too much syrup because if it gets on the ei, it will smear.

The ei stays paperlike, it does not melt, but it still looks very good.

When the ei is in place, I emboss the edges with whatever I think will look the best. I use a lot of patchwork cutters, but on the Santa cookies, I used a 108 wilton tip for the embossing. I just put it on my forefinger, kind of like a thimble and press it into the fondant going around the edge.

Again, on the Santa cookies, after the embossing was done, I brushed luster dust around the edges. I think I used gold and cooper on these.

None of this is hard to do, but like everything else, practice and what way is the best for you is the key.

Here are a couple more ei cookies I did for Christmas last year. I think it shows the embossing better. I did not use any luster dust on these. I colored the fondant before putting it onto the cookies and applying the ei.

HTH
LL

bobwonderbuns Posted 4 Sep 2009 , 2:27am
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Those are seriously gorgeous cookies! icon_biggrin.gif

linedancer Posted 4 Sep 2009 , 2:59am
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Thanks for your kind words, bobwonderbuns. I really enjoy decorating cookies icon_smile.gif I would like to start some cookie classes, but things have not worked out as yet. I admire all of the folks who do the ri and glaze work, but I love the fondant, it is an instant gratification thing, and seems to be fairly unique around my area.

doodledo Posted 4 Sep 2009 , 1:06pm
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Oh how nice! I wish you were close to me, I know a bunch that would take a cookie lessons. Your technique is beautiful.
I truly thank you for helping. I am definately going to do the invitations for this party.
Sorry if you did answer this but I didnt see that you did. WHat ei do you use? The rice paper or what ever the other ei is called. Cant remember at this moment.

linedancer Posted 4 Sep 2009 , 1:13pm
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doodledo I buy my ink and frosting sheets from Icing Images. They have great customer service.

Where do you live?? If you have a number of folks that would like to take a class, maybe we can work something out. PM me if you are interested.

KHalstead Posted 4 Sep 2009 , 1:15pm
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I have never done invitations, but I make these birth announcement cookies all the time. Fondant with edible marker writing.
LL

doodledo Posted 4 Sep 2009 , 1:27pm
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Wow your hand writing is so neat.

How do those taste? Do they last long (how many cookies per pen)? I was thinking for a Thank You gift to do a little gift bag and have biscotti in there dipped iin white choc and write Thank You on them.

hensor Posted 4 Sep 2009 , 1:28pm
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WOW!!!! All these cookie ideas are great. I can't wait until the holiday baking season starts..

linedancer Posted 4 Sep 2009 , 4:07pm
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I second doodledo about your hand writing, it is incredible. Mine would look like chicken scratches icon_cry.gif

luv2bake6 Posted 7 Sep 2009 , 5:40pm
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linedancer, thank you so much for the step by step. Your cookies are truly amazing!!

linedancer Posted 7 Sep 2009 , 6:05pm
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luv2bake6, you are welcome and thanks for your kind words. If anyone has any other questions, please feel free to pm me.

KHalstead Posted 9 Sep 2009 , 6:05pm
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Originally Posted by doodledo

Wow your hand writing is so neat.

How do those taste? Do they last long (how many cookies per pen)? I was thinking for a Thank You gift to do a little gift bag and have biscotti in there dipped iin white choc and write Thank You on them.




well, it's hard to say how many cookies per pen........i've had the same pen for like 2 yrs. now...it will dry out from time to time so I just take the back of the pen off and take the little spongy thing out that holds the ink and stick the end of it into some black airbrush paint and it soaks it up and then i stick it back in the pen and keep writing LOL so it's hard to say...because I refill the pen.
I got the americolor pens and they have a slanted end on them like a calligraphy pen so that's why my handwriting kinda looks like calligraphy

If you need a line to follow...you can write with pencil on a print out of the writing you want (mirror image) and then put it on the fondant and write gently on the back of the paper going over all the letters and it will transfer a light pencil mark to the fondant........usually you can use the template about 10-15 times before having to rewrite the pencil on the letters again.


edited to say: they have absolutely no taste to them at all......and they don't color your mouth when you eat the cookie and they dry in less than 5 minutes.

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