How To Use Julia Usher’s Stencils
Julia Usher is a world-renowned sugar artist known for her work in 3D cookies. Her range of stencils are the perfect answer to creating intricate designs on your cookies. Julia’s stencils allow you to layer designs on top of one another to create beautiful, intricate designs. Use your airbrush to colour separate areas of the stencil and create these beautiful effects.
With Dynamic Duos™, you’re getting double the fun! That’s because each design consists of two sets – one with backgrounds and another with messages and frames. These sets can be brought separately or as a full set. If you’re planning to go all out with the full set, you’ll find two primary stencils alongside masking and shading pieces. There will also be frames and messages. See below.
The best part about having the full set is that twice as many tools means your design possibilities are endless – especially if you plan to get more than one set and mix and match. Below is a step-by-step guide to show you how they work, so you can make the most of your new stencil designs!
Place the background layer (A) on the cookie, using a stencil frame and/or small weights to hold it in place. Set the masking piece (B) on the layer wherever you want your foreground layer to reveal (B.1). Get creative with placement!
Decide which message, frame, and associated frame masking piece you would like to use, if any. (Remember: Backgrounds can be used without messages and frames.) Place the frame masking piece (F) where you want the message to go (B.2).
Airbrush the exposed background; then remove all stencils and masks to reveal your cookie (B.3).
STEP 2: (OPTIONAL)
To add shading around the foreground layer, centre the shading stencil (C) over the empty space left by masking piece B in Step 1, B.3, and weigh it down. Airbrush lightly around the edges of the stencil, or use a soft brush to apply lustre or petal dust around the edges, then remove the shading stencil.
To add shading around your message, centre the matching shading stencil (E) over the empty space left by masking piece F in Step 1, B.3, and follow the same steps just described.
Centre the foreground stencil (D) in the empty space left by masking piece B in Step 1, B.3. Use a stencil frame and/or small weights to hold it in place. Airbrush the exposed foreground; then remove the foreground stencil to reveal your cookie (D.1).
Position the matching frame stencil (G) over the empty space left by masking piece F in Step 1, B.3, and weigh it down. Airbrush over the stencil; then remove it to reveal your cookie (G.1).
Position the desired message on message stencil (H) within the frame sprayed in Step 4, and weigh down the stencil.
As needed, mask off the other messages as described in Step 2. Airbrush (or spread royal icing) over the exposed message stencil; then remove it to reveal the finished cookie (H.1).
Then, voila! You’re all finished!
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