I created this box along with some ABC cookies last summer and I just realized that I never published the box.
So here is this box. I made some of these layered boxes before, in different shapes: heart, oval, hexagon, star. They had one thing in common: I used a set of graduating cutters for them.
What if you have a gorgeous shape you want to use, but only in one size? For the sides you can use two sizes of a generic shaped cutter (circle, oval, square - whatever is closest in shape to the cutter you want to use for lid). For this box I used a great plaque cutter for top and bottom and circles to cut out the sides of the box.
You probably know by now, that I love simple recipes and using natural ingredients. So I was thrilled, when I got some black cocoa from my friend, Tammy. I tried to color my icing with it and it works like a charm. I love to have this nice, rich color without tons of food coloring!
Do you use black cocoa?
What you do when you have 4 big square chocolate gingerbread cookies to play with? You get out the stencil you fall in love with months ago but never had time to play with. The stencil has 4 different gorgeous snowflakes and was created by my friend Tammy from 2T's Stencils.
Then I decided to add a little sparkle to my cookie. I got this pixie dust from Joey at Sugar 'n Spice. She loves to add sparkle to her cookies and I decided to follow her this time. Snow sparkles, right? Too bad, that I still can not make pictures that actually show it.
As you can see, these snowflakes are a little small on my 5 inch cookies. I wanted to keep them as the main motif so I decided to frame them. I got some cute plaque cutters from my friends at Cookie Cutter Kingdom. I used them as templates for my frames:
I traced the shapes on the cookie with scribe tool.
I use cookie cutters as templates all the time. And when I have a softer cookie (like my yummy gingerbread) I don't even have to trace it. I just push the cutter on the cookie and I have a nice outline. This cookie was a little harder, so I had to trace it.
It's easy to pipe over the traced line.
Then I was following the shape with the second line.
And I outlined the second frame with doth. I love this two lines + dots combination. It is easy but it makes a beautiful frame.
This design left my corners a little empty. Also all my snowflakes and frames are different. So I decided to unify the set with the same, simple lace decoration in all corners.