Naked Stamping

 Naked stamping inspiration

It all started with this cookie. I decided that I wanted to, well really more needed to, attempt stamping on a cookie. What I ended up doing was stamping a *naked* cookie and then painted in the details. I was so happy with how it turned out – that I’m going to share how I did it with you all!

Now, stamping on a cookie was something that I have given a lot of thought to over the past year or so. My disclaimer on this tutorial is this: I don’t know anything about stamps and being ‘food safe’. I did a little bit of research and what I decided was this – if it’s a food designated stamp (meaning never used with regular ink) and washed well, it’s probably fine. The stamp really only comes in contact with the cookie for a second. Maybe there’s a microbiologist with a cookie hobby that has a opinion/knowledge about any potential bacteria transfer from a rubber stamp?

Until then, just something to keep in mind.

Happy Birthday fish set

That being said, this is the cute little set that I put together for you. Happy Birthday Fish!

Coloring in the stamp

Start with a simple stamp. You want a stamp that is not too complex. I took a fat food writer and just colored in the raised border of the cookie. If it’s a large stamp, you’ll need to work quickly or go back and re-do the first part again.

Also, use a rubber stamp. I tried clear, plastic stamps. No good. The food coloring acts peculiar on the plastic. Save your money.

And, I also tried using Americolor black gel to paint on the raised boarders. It works ok. If can’t find a food writer, you could get by without. But the food writer is easier, quicker and cleaner to use.

Happy Birthday stamped

Then just (carefully) stamp down on a plain cookie. For your first time trying, make some extra cookies. It took me a few cookies to get the feel for it. If your cookie is not level, you may need to push down harder on the edges of the stamp – but not so hard that you break the cookie! That’s no good! If you have a part that doesn’t quite come thru, you can take an extra fine tip food writer and draw it in.

Fish Stamped

Now you see this little fish all stamped out? I thought “Oh, so cute!”. BUT if you have small details stamped and are planning on painting… You’re going to just paint right over them. The little grin. The sweet gills. The eyeballs. Yep – no point in coloring in that part of the stamp. Cause now you have to scrape out those details with a toothpick. Why not just leave them?? I’ll get to that in a minute.

Messy paints!

So. Now your cookies are all stamped. You want to add some color, right?? I know it’s a terrible photo but this is my paint palate. I use Americolor gels and trust me, a little goes a long way. Put a dab of color on a plate. If you want the color to be very dark, you can use the color straight. But to lighten it up a bit, add a TINY drop of white coloring. Too much white and you’ll get the ‘crackling effect’, which is not usually the desired effect.

Then just take a small paint brush and paint within the stamp lines. It’ll dry within 1-4 hours, depending on the weather and amount of coloring that you painted on. If you went outside the lines, you can clean up your edges with a toothpick.

Happy Birthday painted in

From here, you can add details/boarders with royal icing. :)

Detailing the fish

Now, back to the details on the fish. You removed the small black stamp marks – AKA pupils – with a toothpick. Because I went with a blue color, the gills and smile were fine to leave and I just painted over them. What I discovered was, when painting with white and yellow – even if the stamp is dry – it will smear. Your little fish eyes will not be white but white with green and purple smear. Again, not the desired effect.  Although this fish is stamped on an iced cookie, effect is the same: See photo below.

Blurry stamp. :(

Yuck. No one wants a smeary fish cookie.Right?!?

Stamped and painted fish

Once your paint is dry, you can go back and add the details with an extra fine tip food writer.

And that’s how I paint on a *naked* cookie!

Please let me know if you have any questions about the tutorial. Or if you’re that microbiologist with a cookie hobby… :)

Kari ~ Yankee Girl Yummies

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