TIMBER! I’m falling for you! I just love these little lumberjack inspired hearts. Follow along with me as I show you how to decorate all three of these designs.
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Lumberjack Themed Heart Cookies
To be honest with you, after all of the cookies I made for Christmas, I felt burnt out. I love decorating cookies but felt like I was suffering from something similar to writer’s block but in cookier form. I guess you could call it “cookier’s block”.
So, I just baked up a bunch of heart cutouts and waited for something to come to me. It wasn’t until I was in Hobby Lobby one day buying icing colors that I became inspired. I spotted a woodgrain embossing mat and I had to try it! My cookies needed to be something to do with wood…
I decided to do Lumberjack themed hearts and I plan to make tags for the Valentine’s that say “Timber! I’m falling for you.”
First up, I’ll show you how I made the wooden hearts. Check out my video for a visual on everything I’ll explain below.
How To Create The Woodgrain Texture
Next, I placed the impression mat over the dough and rolled it again. My cookie dough was chilled and did not require any flour to prevent sticking. If your dough is sticky, you will want to flour the surface of the mat.
Carefully peel up the impression mat and continue the process until the surface of your rolled out dough is covered in woodgrain.
Then, just cut out your hearts, bake them, and cool them.
How To Finish Off The Wooden Hearts
I piped a border around the hearts using white royal icing in a tipless bag. Just practice the border on a paper towel adjusting the size of the hole you cut until you are happy with the size. The recipe for my icing can be found here.
Allow the icing to dry and then prepare your airbrush.
Using Amerimist Warm Brown, I sprayed the entire cookie. Angle the airbrush to get into all the nooks and crannies. Don’t forget the sides of the cookie too.
Once the airbrush coloring dries the cookie is done! It’s a simple design that looks beautiful.
Buffalo Plaid And Denim Hearts
This cookie is one that I’m really excited about. I have used my buffalo plaid stencil many times and love it always, but this denim!! I love the look of the denim and it was SO easy!
Before I explain things, go ahead and watch my video to get a visual understanding of what I’m about to explain.
For the buffalo plaid, I thinned my icing to a thick flood consistency and colored it red. You will notice I split the top half of the heart into two sections of red to resemble a shirt, but you can just flood the top half all at once if you prefer.
Allow the black coloring to dry before moving on.
When the icing was dry, I mixed some of the same Delphinium Blue gel color I used to color the icing with some Everclear. If you don’t have Everclear you can use another clear alcohol or clear extract.
Using a fan brush, sweep the blue “paint” from top to bottom and then side to side. Repeat until you have the look of denim.
When everything was dry, I outlined the heart and sections with red icing.
Now you have a heart that looks like a lumberjack’s outfit!
Lastly, here’s the info for the hearts that look like forests. They were SO easy!
Before I go over the details, you can watch the video to get a visual of the process.
First, flood your heart cookie with white icing and let it totally dry.
Next, I used Amerimist Avacado and airbrushed the silhouettes of the tree lines starting at the top of the heart and continued spraying rows towards the bottom of the heart. I made my own stencil using this SVG file from Etsy. Here is a similar stencil already made.
Lastly, I sprayed around the edges and lightly over the surface with Amerimist Warm Brown to give it an aged/rustic look.
Pretty simple right? But I think it looks really pretty!
Happy Decorating! xoxo, Katie