A long, long time ago (ok, about 2 years ago) I was a stamper. Making cards. Lots of them. With the bajillion stamp sets I had accumulated over time. I love making cards, always have. But a million paper cuts later I decided that I didn't want to do it in volume anymore, and I found a sweeter hobby - baking. To make room for all of my new baking toys (yes, I said it!) I knew that I had to scale down the stamps. A lot. Almost all of it. Some of it left home via garage sale, some via cookie friends (Anita...Jackie...) and most of the rest are sadly sitting on eBay right now. But some are sitting with my baking toys... clear stamps that have been said to be ok for use on food...(brand new, never been used ones, of course...)
I just happened to have some white-iced cookies laying around, you know the ones... they are so old you wouldn't consider them food anymore, but they are perfect for playing & trying new things... and with food coloring as the paint I was ready to go play!
I didn't have any luck getting regular Amerigel to work but I have read about others using airbrush colors on stamp pads to get the job done. Well, for all of my stamp supplies, I did not have a new, uninked stamp pad laying around so I just painted the color on new, unused clear stamps with a paintbrush. First I stamped it on some paper to a) make sure it worked, and b) to get the excess color off. Then, I stamped the cookie - not too shabby! The clear stamps are nice, because you can see exactly where it is going on your cookie. (You can see I had to fit the stamp to the cookie, since I didn't make the cookie to fit the stamp... and being able to see where you are stamping is a tremendous benefit!)
Then for fun, I used icing to go over the stamped images and add accents. My 15 year old daughter prefers the stamp-only-vintage look (the one at the top pf the post) but I kinda like them with icing too.
I tried some other stamps but apparently not all are created equal - on some the color just pooled around the stamp. One of these days I will play around some more & see if I can figure it out.
So, does cookie stamping get my stamp of approval? Maybe... the jury is still out on that one...
Before I go, I must send a shout-out to Barbara (lov2bake)
I thought of you the whole time I was doing these!