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My airbrushed designs keep smudging after a couple hours of being in a package. Is there anyway to avoid this? I've tried brushing with cornstarch, it doesn't help.

I use a powdered sugar/egg white mixture for icing and use AmeriColor airbrush colors.

Please help! Any info would be appreciated.

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I have never seen such a thing. Yikes - that's some bad smudging. Are you sure your cookies are really dry before you package them and that you haven't over-applied the airbrush coloring? Typically, the coloring dries VERY fast if not over-applied, but you might want to try waiting longer before bagging them. If you've over-applied, you can also accelerate the drying by placing them in a dehydrator on low heat or in front of a fan. Or box them instead, and then bag the box if you're worried about the box not being airtight.

Thanks for the responses!! I lightly airbrush, and I let these dry overnight! Atleast an 8 hour window before I heat sealed!! And brushed with cornstarch about 30 mins after color set, and left over night. 😬😬 Maybe it is just too much color? I try to do light coats.

Yeah, hard to say without seeing the cookies when they go into the bags. All I can suggest, if you think the coating is light, is to package them another way - i.e., box and then bag the box (or not bag the box) to avoid the cello from contacting the cookie surface.

@KS Cookies posted:

Before packaging or brushing with cornstarch.

Again, hard to say. Perhaps you're trapping moisture in the bag in other ways, i.e., because the cookies are under-baked or the icing too soft and you're bagging them too tightly. Water-based airbrush coloring can get kind of glossy if exposed or re-exposed to humidity.

@KS Cookies posted:

Maybe, my cookies are soft...ughhh. it's frustrating.

Thank you for responding ☺️

I wish I could be more helpful. I airbrush A LOT, but I do not bag my cookies. So I've exhausted my knowledge on this.

I can only imagine how frustrating this must be for you @KS Cookies!! I also airbrush my cookies a lot and package them by heat sealing the day after they've been airbrushed. Before I box and ship my cookies, I put each heat sealed bag (with ribbon) into an individual bubble out pouch to ensure safe travels . I have several clients who request my soft sugar cookie recipe along with my RI recipe that has a softer bite (doesn't dry rock hard so no rubber stamping on these guys).

I've never had this problem in the 4+ years of selling decorated cookies. Clients often send me pics of the cookies at their events so that I can see how they have been "presented" to guests. I love seeing that . What airbrush color brand do you use? I use Americolor and often use black. My lines remain clean, no smudging. When I use an edible food marker I will see some smudges if I touch the area where I used the edible marker.

Wish I could be more help! Do you live in a humid climate? I live in a very dry climate which may contribute to not having any smudging issues. I don't know . I wish you the very best in identifying and eliminating the issue. ❤️❤️❤️ Hugs...

I can only imagine how frustrating this must be for you @KS Cookies!! I also airbrush my cookies a lot and package them by heat sealing the day after they've been airbrushed. Before I box and ship my cookies, I put each heat sealed bag (with ribbon) into an individual bubble out pouch to ensure safe travels . I have several clients who request my soft sugar cookie recipe along with my RI recipe that has a softer bite (doesn't dry rock hard so no rubber stamping on these guys).

I've never had this problem in the 4+ years of selling decorated cookies. Clients often send me pics of the cookies at their events so that I can see how they have been "presented" to guests. I love seeing that . What airbrush color brand do you use? I use Americolor and often use black. My lines remain clean, no smudging. When I use an edible food marker I will see some smudges if I touch the area where I used the edible marker.

Wish I could be more help! Do you live in a humid climate? I live in a very dry climate which may contribute to not having any smudging issues. I don't know . I wish you the very best in identifying and eliminating the issue. ❤️❤️❤️ Hugs...

She uses AmeriColor, so I doubt it's the coloring  . . . it dries pretty darn fast if not over-applied.

She uses AmeriColor, so I doubt it's the coloring  . . . it dries pretty darn fast if not over-applied.

Yep, it does! Quite a quandry...I so wish her the best in figuring it out. It's so much time plus the cost of ingredients to run into something like this (especially when on a deadline).

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