Silk Screen Stencils Materials and Tools You Need To Get The Job Done

Dec 02, 2020

In our last post, we explained the differences between traditional stencils and silk screen stencils. If you missed that post, make sure you check that one out first!

To create a silk screen design, you will start with the original image you'd use to make a traditional stencil with bridges, but you will skip adding bridges.  No bridges are needed because you will be cutting the design and adhering the vinyl to the silk screen. That holds everything in place eliminating the need for bridges. There are many different types of materials you could use, so most of them will be personal preference. I will give you links to what works best for me to help you get started. 

Silk Screen Stencil Materials

1. Silk Screen 

 

 

To make a silk screen stencil, this 110 mesh silk screen is a MUST. If you are unsure of what silk screen is, it is a piece of mesh with teeny tiny openings. It is just like the silk screen they use for t-shirts. It is made of...

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The Differences Between Traditional Stencils and Silk Screen Stencils

Oct 30, 2020

 

When it comes to deciding which type of cookie stencil to use, much of it will come down to personal preference. I want to share what I know about both types of stencils so that you will have the information you need to decide which method will work best for you. Both types of stencils will give you beautiful results but their subtle differences are important to understand. 

What’s the difference between silkscreen stencils and traditional stencils?

  • Traditional stencils: These stencils are cut out of a plastic-type material that needs bridging to hold the stencil in place. They are sturdy, easy to use, and easy to store. Because a traditional stencil is thicker, you will use slightly more icing which gives your cookies more dimension. You can learn more about the different types of traditional stencil materials HERE.

 

 

What is a bridge?    

Bridges are the little pieces of the stencil material that connect the cut design...

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Post #2 in our "Wondering What You Need to Cut Cookie Stencils?" Series

Oct 07, 2020

This is part 2 of the What Do You Need to Cut Cookie Stencils? Series!

In the first post of the series, I discussed some of the most important things you need when you decide to start cutting stencils. If you missed it, be sure to check it out here, so you can decide which machine and cutting mats you'd like before you get started.

In this post, we will be discussing traditional stencils materials and tools you can use when cutting your cookie stencils.  Traditional stencils are made from food-grade plastic type materials. There are also a few tools you can grab to help out with your stencil cutting. Although these tools are nice to have, they are not needed to begin! 

Let's start with the traditional stencil materials you'll need.

 1. Food Safe Stencil Materials  


            
                      

To make traditional cookie stencils(the kind that has images or...

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Fall Cookie-A-Thon 2020

Aug 30, 2020

 The Colorful Cookie Fall Cookie-A-Thon Is Coming Soon!!

Are you ready to learn some amazing sugar cookie decorating techniques from talented cookiers right in your own home!?! Members of The Colorful Cookie Club are planning a day of online learning about all things cookie for cookiers around the globe! Our last two Cookie-A-Thon events were a huge success and such a blast! If you missed out on those tutorials or you absolutely loved them, you’ll want to mark your calendar because we are doing it again!

Fall Cookie-A-Thon is Saturday, September 12th beginning at 10:00 a.m. CST and it will be an epic event! It is so much fun to watch! What could be better than learning cookie decorating techniques FREE and LIVE right from the comfort of your own home? And we won't even know if you attend in your pjs… Click the link to see what it is all about and get in on the fun!! We can't wait to see you! 

Click this link to see what it is all about. Enter to win and join...

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Post #1 in our "Wondering What You Need to Cut Cookie Stencils?" Series

Aug 19, 2020

Using stencils for cookie decorating is a fun way to add creativity and a unique touch to your cookies! One of the questions I get asked over and over is, "What do I need to start cutting stencils?" So, I've compiled a list of things you will need to get going!

When we start something new, there is always a little anxiety. We worry that we don't know what we are doing. What if I break this thing? It wasn't cheap. What if I waste stencil material? You will waste a few sheets, but probably not as many as I did when began learning. Thank goodness that anxiety won't be around long, because when you begin to learn and cut your first few stencils, you will be asking yourself why you did not get your machine out of the box sooner!  I love to take the guess work out of designing and cutting cookie stencils to make things as easy as possible so that you can focus on the fun of it all!

I am going to be sharing a list of things in the next few blog posts that you need to cut stencils...

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Global Cookie Community - Find Cookiers Near You!

Aug 12, 2020

Being part of the Cookie Community is one of the greatest joys of my life! I love being able to swap tips, teach fun things, share information and stories with all of you wonderful cookie people. We are truly part of a global cookie community and I'd love to help us connect with each other. Cookie friends are real!

It is my privilege to be a part of a fabulous group of Kansas City Cookiers and I love being able to get together with these talented people! Sometimes we work, sometimes we learn, sometimes we just hang out and enjoy each other's company. I know that many of you would love to have similar relationships with fellow cookiers.

For that reason, I want to provide you with a great resource to help you make new cookie friends! You never know! There may be a fellow cookier who lives right around the corner or in the next town! There may even be a cookier group in your area. 

Each cookie group is a little bit different. Sometimes there are...

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Using Glaze to Decorate Sugar Cookies

Aug 12, 2020

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There are so many wonderful options and techniques when it comes to sugar cookie decorating! Today, my friend Cameo and I are giving you the dish on how to use glaze icing for your decorating! 

I've always been a fan of royal icing for my cookies but I know that many cookiers prefer to use glaze. My friend and fellow KC Cookier, Cameo from CR Confections, is one of them. In the video below we sit down to talk all things glaze. We chat about the benefits of using glaze and Cameo shows us how she uses it to decorate her sugar cookies! She is now offering a monthly membership to teach how to use glaze to decorate adorable cookies, so if you are interested, be sure to check out her site HERE.

Using Glaze Icing to Decorate Sugar Cookies
When I first started decorating cookies a few years ago, I had such a hard time using glaze. I loved the way it looked on other people's cookies, but mine was always too translucent. I...

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Royal Icing for Decorated Sugar Cookies

Jul 13, 2020

We all know what a beautifully decorated sugar cookie looks like. It's a work of art that seems almost too pretty to eat. The way to get from plain ole cookie to edible art is royal icing! I'm sharing some of my favorite tips and tricks about royal icing to help you create some of your own cookie art!

When it comes to being a cookier, having a delicious roll out cookie recipe is the foundation for your success. Second only to that is your royal icing. If the cookies are your foundation, the royal icing you use to decorate your sugar cookies is the backbone. Making and using this unique icing is simple once you get the hang of it, and that's what I want to help you do! 

What is Royal Icing?

First things first: What makes this icing different from other icing? The biggest difference is that royal icing is great for decorating cookies. It dries into a smooth and glossy finish, which makes it easy to package and stack your...

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No More Wasting Stencil Material!

Jun 19, 2020
 

Are you tired of wasting stencil material and want to know how to identify and fix the problem? I’m here to help! I wasted my fair share of stencil material when I began learning how to use my cutting machines and sometimes it still happens. For the most part, though, my cuts are now successful and I want to share what I’ve learned so you can lower your stress level and increase your triumphs!
 
Have you ever been cutting cookie stencils (or something for another project) and everything is going great but then, all of a sudden, nothing is cutting correctly? The cutting blade won’t cut through your stencil material or it has missed parts. You are ending up with those small bits of stencil material stuck in the stencil when you remove it from the mat. Or, when you begin weeding the vinyl for a silk screen stencil, the vinyl doesn’t come out easily and is tearing. If this sounds familiar take heart! I’ve been there too and before you give up I have a...

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It's Ok To Focus On You Sometimes

Jun 02, 2020

Does everything seem overwhelming to you right now? Goodness! The past few weeks have been surreal. Sometimes this cookie thing can feel overwhelming all by itself, but now...with everything going on in the world, you may be even more stressed. It may be a slow time for your cookie business or maybe you are extremely busy. Maybe you do it as a hobby, but can't find the joy in it right now. You started decorating cookies because it is something that you love to do! Some of you are moms who have kids at home from school and you don't have a free minute because you are home schooling right now. Some of you may be at home, your kids are grown, and you don't have enough to do because you can't go anywhere or you don't choose to go anywhere right now. And that is lonely. Even during this crazy time, taking some time for yourself is really important. We need human interaction and we need to take care of ourselves mentally and physically.

The...

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