Julia M. Usher’s Ultimate Cookie Decorating Series

3 Dec

We had the wonderful opportunity to meet Julia M. Usher in person last month at CookieCon. She was there as a sponsor and instructor, and did an awesome demonstration on cookie stenciling and 3D cookie design and construction. On top of that, she’s simply a very nice person. So when she told us she had some lessons available online, we were very excited to watch them.

Well, now that we’ve watched every second of each of her 16 video tutorials we can tell you that they are awesome!

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The lessons are based off of her book “Ultimate Cookies”. But even if you have the book, it’s so useful to actually see the techniques she shows in video format. She covers a LOT of techniques too! She starts with the basics making icing, cutting out cookies, making parchment cones, her favorite tools, and then outlining and flooding. Then she gets into all sorts of fun stuff like marbling, stenciling, using rubber stamps on cookies, applique work, wafer paper, and more.

One of the coolest things about Julia and her decorating philosophy is that she’s a minimalist when it comes to tools. That means that she’ll show you how to get the very most out of very basic and inexpensive equipment. Seriously – you can spend a small fortune on tips, and bags, and couplers, and squeeze bottles… or check out all that Julia does with a sheet of parchment paper. It really is amazing – and VERY encouraging to anyone wanting to learn how to decorate. It really doesn’t take much to do some very beautiful work.

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So these are videos you need to pay for to view, but they are WELL worth the very reasonable price. You can actually just pick and choose the individual lessons for a couple bucks a piece, but the price for the whole set is a meager $12.99. It gives you plenty of time to watch them too, so you can look back and review specific lessons at your leisure.

So yeah, this gets an easy two thumbs up from us. Karen’s Cookies has always been about being the best resource we can to budding cookie artists, so we simply cannot pass up the opportunity to give Julia M. Usher and her Ultimate Cookie Decorating Series our full endorsement and encourage you to check her out.

Julia’s video series can be purchased securely and viewed through Youreeeka.com. Click here or on the image below to check out a free preview.

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16 Responses to “Julia M. Usher’s Ultimate Cookie Decorating Series”

  1. IFeelCook December 4, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    Great! I am a big fan of Julia :)
    xoxo

  2. Dotty December 4, 2012 at 5:17 am #

    I bought the series and watched every second too. Loved it!

  3. Paula Kelly-Bourque (@VanillaBeanBake) December 4, 2012 at 5:51 am #

    Big fan of Julia’s work and will definitely check-out her videos, just need to find the time to watch them all.

  4. sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more December 4, 2012 at 6:23 am #

    wow looks like lots of great stuff to learn

  5. Suzanne T. December 4, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    It says it is available to watch during your purchase period. Does anyone know how long that is?

    • Karen December 4, 2012 at 8:27 am #

      Suzanne, if I remember right it’s a month by default, but you can extend it to an entire year for like an extra dollar or two, which is what we did.

  6. Julia M Usher December 4, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    Thanks for sharing, Karen and Mike. So honored to have your endorsement! Yes, the pay period varies – either a month or a year for each video, or the whole series. The purchase price varies accordingly. If you click on the Buy icon in the bottom right of the screen, you’ll be presented with payment options before you actually pay. Hope you enjoy!

  7. María December 4, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    I´m sorry, but I didn´t know Julia. It´s incredible what she does! I think that I will learn a lot from her videos, they are amazing! Thanks for everything.

    Kisses from Spain,
    María

  8. Katydoescookies December 4, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Is it really only $12.99 for the whole set???? Was a little difficult to understand pricing on her site. –Katy

    • Julia M Usher December 4, 2012 at 11:04 am #

      Katy, It’s $12.99 for the whole set (16 videos) to STREAM ONLINE for a month; $14.99 for the whole set to stream for a year. Each individual video is priced $1.99/$2.99 (monthly/yearly), so there’s a substantial discount if you buy the whole set. If you click on the BUY button for the video, all the pricing options (just two) for that video will pop up before you buy, if this is unclear. Note: the videos stream on a computer that supports flash video; not on an iPad or iPhone (yet!). They are very high res videos, but to view them at highest res, you must click on the “hi” icon in the bottom right of the video player. Thanks – hope this helps!

      • Katydoescookies December 5, 2012 at 5:37 am #

        Thank you for your response. Looking forward to viewing them. Watched the preview. Very interested:) –Katy

  9. Elisa December 8, 2012 at 5:59 am #

    I want to know if she included the 3D cookie design and construction in the video tutorial set. Thanks!

    • Julia M Usher December 8, 2012 at 6:43 am #

      Hi, Elisa, I talk a little bit about 3-D construction in the applique work video, but mostly in the context of putting together my Snow Globes cookies. I do not get into box construction in the videos. The videos are also organized around techniques vs. projects for the most part, because I feel that people can best create only after they’ve mastered the basic techniques. You can find full descriptions of each of my videos on my site here: http://www.juliausher.com/store/category/video. The different purchasing options (full series vs. separate videos) are also spelled out there.

      Thanks for asking and I hope I’ve helped!

      • Elisa December 8, 2012 at 11:57 am #

        Thank you! I like the previews and I will order the whole set.

  10. Margarita Lopez January 17, 2013 at 12:01 am #

    your work its so beautiful congratulation

  11. Azlina August 20, 2014 at 1:29 am #

    Hi. I am Azlina, a big fan of cookies. Now I am selling cookies but more into chocolate chip monster cookies. Still searching ideas to develop this cookies business. I never try sugar cookies before. Love your blog very much. Thank you for sharing.

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