Using Stencils as Templates

18 Apr

A couple of months ago, we got a whole bunch of new stencils in our shop. I got to work right away playing around with them (it’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it!)  Over the next few weeks, I’ll show you what I learned.

I probably shouldn’t start with my favorite– I should probably save it till last– but I can’t help it. I love these. They are done with the Mini Spring Garden stencils.  Which really aren’t all that “mini”, by the way. They are made by a company who is used to doing large cake stencils, so they call most of the cookie stencils “mini”. They are a great cookie size.

There are a few ways to use stencils. One is the traditional way that they were probably made for. You can see Mike show you how to do that here. (It was his video debut. I think he should do the rest from now on… :D)

Another way to use stencils is to use them as a template. I really like using them this way because it’s easier to get lots of colors on there. Sometimes it’s pretty tricky to get multiple colors using the traditional stencil method.

I made the four rectangle cookies without taking any step-by-step pictures, because I’m forgetful like that. So I had to go back and do the tutorial on an egg cookie that I had sitting around. But you’ll get the idea.

First you’ll need to bake and glaze (or outline and fill in) your cookies. I used the largest rectangle from the rectangle cutter set. Let them dry completely.

You’ll need some edible markers. I like the Americolor Gourmet Writer 10-color set. Choose marker colors that match the color of frosting you’re going to use. For this one, I was making red tulips with green leaves, so I used the red and green markers.

Use the template to outline each section.

Finish all of your outlining during this step. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until the first part dries before you can replace the stencil to outline the next section. I know that’s just common sense, but I think it bears mentioning since I may or may not have forgotten to do that on one of these cookies.

So here’s what your outlined design will look like:

You’ll probably notice that there are some little blotchy spots. Sometimes that happens. Not all the time, but sometimes. Why? I don’t know. But don’t worry about it if it happens to you. You’ll be piping over it anyway.

Next, you’ll want to have some runny-consistency frosting. Meringue Powder Buttercream is what I used here (watered down a little bit so that it is pretty soft), but you could also use Royal Icing or Corn Syrup Glaze. Just use what you’re comfortable with.

Outline each little section with your frosting using a small tip. I used a #1 here.

You’ll want to stay just barely inside your marker guidelines, because when you fill in there will be a tiny bit of spreading.

While outlines are still wet, go back and fill in using the same frosting and tip. After I fill in, I use a boo-boo stick to even out the frosting and to pull out sharper corners and tips.

Continue on with all colors.

Try to get your frosting colors the same consistency. My green was a little bit thicker than my red, which is why the tulips look more smooth than the leaves. But hey, it adds texture. Yeah. That’s it.

Then you can add a cute border to the cookie.

They actually make pretty cute Easter eggs.

Here they are on the original rectangles that I did:

These were really fast and easy, and I loved how they turned out. It makes me think of spring… which is still pretty elusive here in Idaho.

So today I’m giving away a set of the Mini Spring Garden Stencils

and the 10-color pack of Americolor Gourmet Writers

To THREE winners. I’m tired of only having one winner. So just comment on this post by midnight on Wednesday, April 20th, and I’ll choose three winners using random.org. Good luck!

163 Responses to “Using Stencils as Templates”

  1. Donna B. April 18, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    Oh, Karen….I no sooner take care of one “want” list and then you help me start another one! I like the idea of using stencils as templates more than the stencils…..now, what I’ve been passing up is becoming a “gotta-have”!!!!! If I don’t win :o(…..I’ll be placing my order! :o)
    Blessings, Donna B.

  2. Kelly April 18, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    These look great and sooo easy. You don’t have to be an artist to make cookies that look so pretty. Thanks for the great idea!

  3. Kris Colucci April 18, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    I love those stencils.. Would love to win those and try them out. Super cute and could be used for birthdays, mother’s day, Easter etc.
    So many possibilities.. I hope I win…krislauriecolucci@yahoo.com

  4. Debbie April 18, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    Those are very cute!

  5. ruty April 18, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    hello, I love the idea,I used to do ceramics and used stencils so I´ll try on the cookies,I live in mallorca island in spain so I don´t know if i can participate ,I would love to be one the lucky winner.happy easter

  6. Suzanne T. April 18, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    What a cute idea! I love the idea of outlining them with the writers. Makes me long for spring–even though it is supposed to snow again!

  7. Adee April 18, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    I don’t know if I’d be able to get them as clean as you, but I’d love to try!

  8. Kendra April 18, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    I have been wanting to try out the Americolor Writers. I’ve tried other brands that don’t seem to work as well as advertised but have read so many great things about the Americolor Writers – plus I love their gel paste colors. The stencils make it easy for someone like me who is not so creative and artistic to make beautiful cookies.

  9. Jennifer Schnetzler April 18, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    Those are really pretty. What a great idea. Think Spring!

  10. Barbie Thames April 18, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    Those are too cute! You do a great job on your cookies. Can’t wait to try these stencils.

  11. Lisa April 18, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    Cute cookies. I would like to add some “spring” to my life by winning these stencils. Thank you for a chance to win the stencils and markers.

  12. patti wilemski April 18, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    very beautiful!!!!!

  13. Lindy April 18, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    Those are soooo cute, Karen! Always fun to see what you are up to!

  14. Tara April 18, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    I’ve been seeing people using these lately… I really need to get some!

  15. Lisa April 18, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    You are always so helpful! Thanks for making even the beginner feel like we can do it!!

  16. Emily April 18, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    These are awesome! I might actually be able to make decently decorated cookies with them too- freehanding anything is not my forte.

  17. Thyjuan April 18, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    I’m so glad you showed the alternative way to use the stencil with the markers! I hadn’t thought of that. I’m going to give that method a try! And those are beautiful stencils!!!!

  18. Karen R April 18, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    I love those cookies. I’m not much for stencilling, but I do like this idea. Thanks for the chance to win…if not I’ll be ordering tips and those too.

  19. Gina Loera April 18, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    Love this technique!!!! Beautiful cookies :-)

  20. Kami Jensen April 18, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    Really elegant looking cookies! Fun for spring or Easter. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  21. astarie April 18, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    I just LOVE this ideas. And those daffodils are one of my favorites. You don’t see them too often in stencils or in crafts! Thanks for sharing.

  22. Emily April 18, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    I never would have thought to use the stencils this way. What a great idea! I can’t wait to try it!

  23. MrsAB April 18, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    Oh my! I love this idea. And I just stared using the AmeriColor food pens. I only have 2 black ones and they are great. Way better than the Wilton ones I have. Would love to have all the colors. Awesome cookies Karen!!

  24. Judy R April 18, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    What a great idea!! I love it!

  25. Erin P April 18, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    I have wanted to try a stencil!

  26. Janelle King April 18, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    Oh my this is perfect for spring…

  27. Lisa Garvey April 18, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    I used the sports stencils for my daughter’s soccer team this weekend and they were a huge hit. I used the disco dust instead of colored frosting (because I didn’t have time to wait for the frosting to dry). They came out so cute! I would love to add some pretty stencils to my supplies – just in time for Mother’s Day.

  28. Brandi C. April 18, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    I’ve seen these stencils on the website but quickly and foolishly overlooked them but that won’t happen again. Thanks for tutorial. Love the look!

  29. Phyllis Palmer April 18, 2011 at 8:40 am #

    What a cool tool. I love it!

  30. Crystal April 18, 2011 at 8:43 am #

    These cookies are so pretty; perfect for Easter! Using stencils looks like a great alternative to the kopy kake. Thank you for the wonderful idea! ♥

  31. Kara April 18, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    Such beautiful cookies! I’d love to be able to make them if I won the stencils and markers. Keep up the wonderful blogs. I love learning from you!

  32. Shirley April 18, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    Beautiful cookies! Can’t wait to try them!

  33. aundreah brant April 18, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    I have never thought to do that with stencils, great idea!! I can’t wait to try it out. Thanks!!!

  34. Gwyn April 18, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    These cookies look fabulous.

  35. Melissa York April 18, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    What a great post!!!!! I would love to win so that I could give that idea a try!!!! Love your blog always:) Melissa

  36. Leigh Ann April 18, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    I am so excited! I love the look, and can’t wait to try them!

  37. Katie April 18, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    Those cookies look AMAZING!!!! You are one talented lady! Love this idea!!

  38. Tonya April 18, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    I would have never thought of this! Love how *perfect* the tulip turned out – it’s so pretty! :)

  39. Brenda April 18, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    Karen,

    I would love to be one of the three winners… stencils sound great. I could use all the help I can get.

  40. Melissa April 18, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    That’s great! I would have spent hours trying to get the icing colours not to mix in the stencil. Thanks!

  41. sandra April 18, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    They look fabulous I would like to win them thanks

  42. Kimmie R April 18, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    Ok…LOVING this idea…I have several stencils, and have FAILED each and every time I have used them, now this idea….I can do this.! Thanks for the wonderful tips and the chance to win!

  43. Beth Wilson April 18, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    Very pretty! Hope to win the markers.

  44. Lisa M. April 18, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    Thanks for the tutorial..I would love to win these stencils and food decorating pins…Loved the cookies…

  45. Alexandra April 18, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    Wow, what a great way to use the stencils. I’ll have to try it out.

  46. Jane Haynes April 18, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    Thanks for showing how to use the stencils. I would love to try them.

  47. Samantha April 18, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    I lvoe the gourmet writers! And I have been wanting to try stencils for a while. So many cute ideas to try them with!
    Thanks for another great giveaway!

  48. Natalie April 18, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    You make it look so easy! I cant wait to try this!

  49. Rachel Kirson April 18, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    Those look awesome! I would love to give them a try. You are so talented.

  50. Rose Lee April 18, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    These are very beautiful. They make we want to go out and plant all my baskets and flower beds. Of Course I have to make cookies first. These would make wonderful may Flowers to give away.

  51. Dusana April 18, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Karen,
    What a cheerful spring cookies! You are brilliant! I would love to try those stencils.

  52. Lydia April 18, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    That is such a great idea! I don’t think I would have ever figured that out on my own. So cool!

  53. Sarah Horwitz April 18, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    These cookies are just beautiful! This is a great idea for those of use who are less talented at free hand drawing. I can’t wait to try this out. Thanks for the chance to win!

  54. Melissa T April 18, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    Oooh! These would be great for Mother’s Day cookies! Thank you for the giveaway! I love your tutorials and projects!

  55. sweetalltheway April 18, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    Wow, these are amazing!!! Great work, Karen. I won’t have the heart to eat them, I want to frame them instead.

  56. Tamara April 18, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    Love this!! Looks so much easier than I thought…

  57. Rose Lee April 18, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    Karen, These are very beautiful. I was just thinking that this would be a great way for me to give out my May flowers. Each year on May Day (May 1st)I take flowers to neighbors and friends where I worked. I also make sure my Grandchldren get May flowers. What a wonderful may not anly to give flowers but to also to give some cookies. I would like very much to be one of the 3 winners, but I need to get my order in so I will have them before May 1st. Thanks for this great idea. Rose Lee

  58. Tatyana April 18, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    I love your beautiful cookies. May be mine will look like yours one day ;)

  59. Brina April 18, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    Think spring, love this idea!

  60. MissG April 18, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    Those are just too cute! I recently placed my first order (& like a half hour ago, my second, I’m developing a problem) w/ you guys, and loved the personal touch that was in the box. Keep up the good work.

  61. Marisa April 18, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    What a unique & fabulous idea!

  62. Nicole Herdoiza April 18, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    Your cookies look great! I would never have thought to use a stencil on top of a cookie. I like the idea of outlining before piping. I will have to give it a try. Thanks for the chance to win.

  63. gisele April 18, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    That is so pretty – and such patience!

  64. MN Mom April 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful! I can’t wait to try stencils!

  65. klsinatl April 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    Cute! I love the idea of starting with markers instead of trying to make icing cooperate for a stencil.

  66. Cookies4kids April 18, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

    I earned a living for many years as an artist and used stencils extensively on my wood pieces. I am now learning how to transfer my ideas to cookies and this would be a wonderful help. Thanks for the wonderful instructions.

  67. DianeO April 18, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    Thanks for the tutorial on a great way to use stencils. I will definitely try this technique.

  68. MAMI April 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    WEDNESDAY IS MY BIRTHDAY,SO IT COULD BE A NICE PRESENT…………

    THANKS AGAIN,FOR SHARING WITH US ALL THESE LOVELY IDEAS.

  69. Grandma Tillies Bakery April 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    I would love to win a set of these–I LOVE the results!

  70. Cindy April 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    Love learning new techniques! Thanks, can’t wait to try it.

  71. Patty April 18, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    Hi,What a great idea…I will have to try that with some Halloween stencils I have. Thanks for sharing!

  72. Brenda April 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    These cookies look amazing! Oh, how I would love to win!!!!!!

  73. Kat Taylor April 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    Love learning new techniques! Thanks, can’t wait to try it. I have been wondering since I saw those in your store the best way to do multiple colors with the same stencil. You cookies are always so amazing.

  74. Sandy Laning April 18, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    Wow Karen, those are beautiful. With the templates I can look artistic even though I am a “stick person artist”. Thanks!

  75. Jessica April 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    Whoa, I’m not sure if my hand will be steady enough to use those beautiful stencils, but I’d be willing to try them out! :)

  76. Baked Perfection April 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    Although I use the food writers on occassion I have never attempted templates. They would be great to use for spring!!

  77. Susan April 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    Spring, stencils, flowers – I love the look.

  78. Julie April 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    Love these cookies – such a cute collection! The zig-zag border totally makes it!!

  79. CathyN April 18, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    These are great! I haven’t tried stencils yet…winning these might get me in gear! ;)

  80. Cat April 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    You know what? I’m really glad to see that you are human, Karen. Thanks for sharing a photo of the cookie with the two textures of icing. It was hard trying to live up to “perfection” before. c@

  81. Anne April 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    I love the look the stencils give the cookies and I would LOVE to win them!

  82. Loren @ The Baking Sheet April 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    Such pretty Spring cookies! Love them!

  83. Georganne April 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    I’ve never thought of using a stencil that way! It’s brilliant! Thanks for the suggestion. And I LOVE the lacy edge on those rectangle cookies!!!

  84. Rachel April 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    Karen, you make everything look easier than pie! I like your thinking – you need to have more winners. Yay, now I have a sort of better chance at winning something! And these would be a great thing to try out.

  85. Carmen April 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    Karen, que preciosidad, me vendrian estupendamente para preparar galletas para el día de la madre.
    Un beso

  86. Colleen Gura April 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    Karen! I’d love to give these stencils a whirl! I never even thought you could use them as a stencil! I mega failed when trying to use the stencils “normally” – the way Mike did in your video – and they turned out horribly! I guess I’m the exception that everybody can do it! :) But I’m definitely going to try to use them as a stencil instead! HOW FUN! :)

  87. Linda April 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    I LOVE THESE! I am helping the youth groups at church make cookies for all the ladies for Mothers’ Day! What a wonderful idea!

  88. Guadalupe April 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    Oooh! These would be great for my birthday. I LOVE THESE!

  89. Diane April 18, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    Beautiful and what a great idea!
    Now Pick me so I can practice :))

  90. Paula Williams April 18, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    Karen, again you show us great examples of pretty cookies! Would love to try out the stencils for Spring!

  91. rebecca welcome April 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    I would love to win these!
    Question though, is this only for American followers?

  92. Susan April 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    Hi Karen!

    I always wondered how they stenciled in more than one color and now I know! I just love this flower set and I have only used the larger Wilton markers to do coloring with younger children. So this finer point marker set has caught my eye. Thanks for all your great tutorials and loved seeing Mike in his video!

  93. Heather Mann April 18, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    Karen,
    What a fantastic idea using the stencils as templates! I never thought I’d be able to use stencils since I use corn syrup glaze icing, but you’ve shown me I can. Thank you! I’d love to win, but I’ll be placing an order soon if I don’t. ;-)

  94. Pam (aka CookieCrazie) April 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    Love these stenciled designs, Karen. You are so smart. :)

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  95. Phyllis B. April 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    thanks for the new tutorial. I’ve been wanting to try these stencils, now more so.

  96. Rosilet April 18, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    A great idea with a great tutorial. Thks Karen!

  97. trinette chow April 18, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    I would love to try stenciling. You make it look so easy! If only it was…;)

  98. Kandy April 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    I just love your blog.

  99. Christine April 18, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    Those are VERY cute, and just in time for Easter! Thanks for sharing Karen. Your Talent always amazes and inspires me! :)

  100. Trish April 18, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    Thanks for the GREAT tips/tricks…this is something I think I could do that is not a $$$$$$ as a kopykake but gives good desgins.

  101. Jana April 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    Beautiful cookies!

  102. Erin April 18, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    I would love to try the edible painters, marker looking things. Spring is here in Illinois, Tornados and all!

  103. paddle attachment April 18, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    I love this technique! The cookies look so intricate – definitely crowd pleasers!

  104. ginabrewster@sbcglobal.net April 18, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    LOVE THEM THEY LOOK SO FUN TO DO AND VERY PRETTY AS USUAL! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND POST COMING… I LOVE YOUR IDEAS AND SO VERY THANKFUL YOU SHARE THEM AND SHOW US STEP BY STEP!
    THANK YOU,
    GINA

  105. Beth Khoundara April 18, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    These are so lovely! Thank you for the chance to win!

  106. Bea @ CancunCookies April 18, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    I love how you used the stencils Karen! It looks easy, but I know it must not be so… I’m not very good with stencils, must practice ;)
    What an AWESOME giveaway, thanks for being so generous!!

  107. Cheryl April 18, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    I love all your fabulous tips!
    Czimrn@aol.com

  108. Uschi Schroeder April 18, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

    Wow these cookies turned out really cute, love the eggs
    regards Uschi

  109. Lola April 18, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

    Oh!! I could not say which is my favorite. All are very cute!!
    Love,
    Lola

  110. Linda April 19, 2011 at 2:55 am #

    Oooh these are great! I’d love to win some!

  111. Brenda April 19, 2011 at 3:18 am #

    Fabulosos consejos, Karen!!! gracias!

  112. Michelle Donaldson April 19, 2011 at 4:33 am #

    What a fantastic idea!! Thank you for sharing!

  113. Angie Laramore April 19, 2011 at 4:45 am #

    Those are so cute! Looking forward to trying this out soon! Love the tutorials! You make everything look so easy.

  114. Elissa April 19, 2011 at 5:00 am #

    Never thought to do that – would love to give it a whirl!

  115. yainea April 19, 2011 at 5:30 am #

    I love this idea! The cookies turned out great, I want to try this for sure. Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

  116. Niurka April 19, 2011 at 6:13 am #

    Karen, these cookies are beautiful. I would love to have a chance to win, so that I could try to make them myself! You are very talented. Bluesandcats@yahoo.com

  117. Eva Royo April 19, 2011 at 6:23 am #

    Karen, ¡eres una artista! Son unas galletas preciosas. Yo todavía no me he atrevido con la decoración de galletas, pero disfruto viendo vuestras creaciones.
    Besos desde España.

  118. Michelle M. April 19, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    Seriously beautiful cookies! I was shopping at your website and I was searching for a coupon code (not so successful yet) and I found your blog…so glad I did!

  119. Julie April 19, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    Love it! I have not tried using stencils on cookies, but it makes so much sense.

  120. Elaine April 19, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing your talents!!! Cannot wait to try this stenciling tech on some Mothers Day cookies!

  121. Deann April 19, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    Thanks for the handy tips! Love all your great ideas!

  122. Dawn April 19, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    Oh Karen, you make everything look so easy! I love the Spring flowers – Tulips are my favorite flower. I need to try the Americolor markers since I have two other brands I’m not happy with. I’m thinking it might be user error :) Thank you for all your tips and giveaways – You Rock!!!

  123. Cristin (Pinkie) April 19, 2011 at 9:46 am #

    You and Mike make it look so easy. I’ve tried stencils unsuccessfully, but your idea of using food color markers to trace is such a great idea. Now I’m re-energized to try them again! Thanks for offering this give away and sharing your expertise with us! cristinsohm@aol.com

  124. Connie April 19, 2011 at 9:57 am #

    Oh…good luck to me!!!

  125. melinda April 19, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    What beauiful cookies……I’m sure the stencil would allow someone less artistic like me to be more successful!

  126. CK April 19, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    WOW! This looks FAB.U.LOUS!

  127. Star April 19, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    What a great idear Im always struggling to think of ways to decorate Easter egg cookies

  128. Vir April 19, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    Meravellous!!!

    Besets

  129. Joy April 19, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    Thank you for showing us how to do the stencils. I am a beginner and need all the help I can get :)

  130. Karen McClenahan April 19, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    This looks so easy – even I could do it!!

  131. Stampfiend April 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    I would really love to win this….well anything related to cookie decorating really ;)

  132. Tiffany April 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    Pretty cookies Karen..as usual!

  133. Mireia April 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    Son realmente preciosas y con esta técnica son fáciles de hacer y el resultado parece muy elaborado.

    Congratulations for your cookies!

  134. Elena April 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    So cute! A new and great idea to decorate. Thanks again…

  135. Brenda April 19, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    These are adorable! And they look fairly simple to use for quick cookies :)

  136. Ruth Nyman April 19, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    This really makes me excited for Easter, can’t wait to hunt for eggs, play with the grandkids. And how fun would it be to decorate some cute cookies.

  137. dkelmore April 19, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    I feel lucky! I just love the idea of using stencils to help me with my cookie decorating…it looks easy, but I am sure that looks are deceiving. Thanks for sharing all your new products!
    dkelmore1@gmail.com

  138. Stephanie April 19, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    If the Americolor pens are as different to the ones here as the gels are to our colours, then I *really* want to try them. Plus I have stencils that I’ve never used in this way (I’ve rarely used them at all!). I even have an American address to use, just in case I win them! (wishful thinking I know!)

  139. Kerry April 19, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    What a wonderful idea! Thanks Karen!

  140. cletus April 19, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    Thanks for the info–I’ve been thinking about trying stencils. You make them look easy!

  141. Teresa A April 19, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    Love these stencils! Thanks for the how-to! I can’t wait to try.

  142. Sheri April 19, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    Those cookies look gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  143. Gabriela Tagliabue April 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    Never tried them. Love your work! Congrats!

  144. Dana April 19, 2011 at 11:07 pm #

    Great post Karen!

  145. Elizabeth April 20, 2011 at 3:17 am #

    Ooh! What a fun giveaway! I’ve never used Gourmet Writers before and would love to try these. :)

  146. amy spencer April 20, 2011 at 4:44 am #

    Beautiful job!!! I have some stencils; now I’m inspired to get to work. thanks!

  147. Audrey April 20, 2011 at 5:31 am #

    Thanks for offering another giveaway! My fingers are crossed!!

  148. suzy dorrington April 20, 2011 at 7:04 am #

    Loving the stencil cookies. So cute for Easter.

  149. Cindy Ostrander April 20, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    I never thought to try stencils. They are awesome!! Hope I get picked!

  150. Kimi B April 20, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    Interesting idea … guess I’ll be forced to try it out!

  151. Penny April 20, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    I am loving stencils lately! I would love to win these. :)

  152. Somer April 20, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    Very pretty! Would love to have a set!

  153. Julieanna April 20, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    Beautiful cookies! Would love to try the stencils. Great give-aways, Karen!! Thank you!!

  154. Erin Nelson April 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    Looks like TONS of fun! I have a bunch of stencils laying around from other projects, I’m gonna go scrub them up while I wait to see who the lucky winners are!

  155. glenda April 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    I can’t wait to try this!! You make it look so easy. Thanks for all the tips on your site!!

  156. Lisa McGriff April 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    I need need need some of these…

  157. Christie Block April 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    Words can’t express how very desperately I want to win this! Random.org has never been my friend, but today’s my day.

  158. Jessica April 20, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    You’re so generous–3 winners! I would love the gourmet writers! Their tips look so much finer than the Wilton markers and they offer so many more color options–they’ve been on my “to order” list for a while now, but I never seem to remember them :)

  159. Deanna April 21, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    Maybe I’m not too late!! I would absolute luv, luv, luv to try the stencils and the markers!!

  160. Kaye May 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    Those cookies are way too cute. I can’t believe those cookie writers work so well!

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