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I made the original set for an art reception at a nearby college. They were my first attempt at using my airbrush. They have been my favorite cookies of all the ones I’ve done. I knew exactly which ones I was going to update for this Challenge.  


In 3 years I have accumulated a lot of stencils. I feel I’m also better at using my airbrush and RI. I love embellishing stencils with piping. To me it adds a little spark. I did use some of the techniques from the last set but changed them up a bit with frosting and stencil color. You will notice that I used a lot of different cookie cutters. Plaques are my β€œgo to” shape. All I had were squares and rounds for the first set. . I was very limited in what I had available to use three years ago. I’ve accumulated cutters, too!! I have one whole container of just snowflakes…why not use them!!

This time I went outside my comfort zone and chose warm colors rather than cool colors for the theme. The colors I used were burgundy with red added, peach with red added, and holiday red (which is more of a warm red). It felt strange using warm colors for a cool snowflake theme. I made the minis the bold colors. The Prettier Plaque stencil from Julia is a favorite. I’m getting better at using them. Layering stencils is an awesome technique. I really like how they turned out.

When it came time for pics, I had enough cookies for two very different platters. This one is more in keeping with the tone of the original. The same techniques but a very different feel. 

I made these cookies just for this Challenge, but my daughter will get them to take to the office as her birthday treat.


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