Friday, September 24, 2010

Lucy in the Sky with . . . Polka Dots

Usually when I use my icing printer, I format the image to the size I want before printing.  I decided to play around with something new and print out a patterned page frosting sheet and cut it to fit my cutters.

Some of you have asked....my printer is an Epson WorkForce 30 Color Printer ; it is compatible with the food coloring cartridges.  You can find a list of all the compatible printers from KopyKake.  The printer itself is pretty affordable; it's the ink that is expensive....$90 for the set.  {That's why it took me so long to order one!  It was a major dent in my Starbucks fund.}

First, I ordered some digital paper from etsy.  Oh my gosh, there are SO many cute designs available!  I think I now have 100 digital papers in my arsenal.

{The smart thing would have been to TRY my idea before buying all of them, but I got a little carried away.}

Second, I printed the image on a full sheet of icing paper.

Third, using a food coloring pen, I traced the cookie cutters I used and then cut the icing sheets.
Forth, the cookies were outlined and filled with white royal icing.  While the flood icing was still wet, I applied the icing sheet.  It's not a perfect fit, so....

Fifth, after the cookies were dry, I went over the borders and added piping.

Do I love my icing printer?  Yes.  

But here's my problem with it...and maybe somebody can help me. 
The original image was this:

It looks so different on the cookies.
But, when I made these cookies, the colors stayed pretty true.  I'm so confused.


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Anyone have experience with this they'd like to share?

40 comments:

  1. Well I don't know specifically about the food printer...but in general the colors on a computer screen are not the same colors used in printing, and usually there are differences in what you see on a screen (made with light) and colors printed (made with ink or dye). Because it is RGB (light) vs. CMYK (ink).

    However it is odd that the pale background color didn't seem to print at all....

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  2. WOW - how cool that you can print off edible paper and put them on cookies. I love that!!

    Your blog is so wonderful. I find out something new every time I visit!!

    xox
    Jen

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  3. I've wanted a printer for edible ink for the LONGEST, but as you note....the ink is soo pricey I haven't been able to justify it. You're polka dots are lovely though - these turned out amazing!

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  4. Guess you'll have to pass on a few Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins ;)


    I'm wondering if you have a clogged outlet wick in one of your cartridges? If one is clogged, some of the color might not flow out properly and the colors won't be blended to represent what you're trying to print.


    Just a thought! The solution is at the bottom of this link:

    http://www.sugarcraft.com/catalog/airbrush/frostingsheets/photohelpfies.htm

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  5. Long time lurker and admirer, first time commenter!

    It could be that you are running out of Magenta ink/icing?

    Either way, the cookies are beautiful!

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  7. Going along with what Ashley.zel said you could buy a monitor calibrator so that you know your colors on the screen match the colors that you are going to have printed. I use the Pantone Huey one for my photography business (http://www.amazon.com/Pantone-MEU113-huey-Pro/dp/B000OFC1YY/ref=sr_1_1?s=gateway&ie=UTF8&qid=1285350657&sr=8-1)

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  8. I don't have any printing advice. A little jealous that you have the printer to do this but not so jealous on the cost of the inks for it! I'd have to use very, very sparingly. Holy Schmoly!

    More importantly, just want to add how cute your cookies are and what a great idea to print a full background like you did.

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  9. You are so awesome that it makes me a little sick. Okay, not sick, but you are seriously, seriously talented! :)

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  10. I think they look great! My only advice is that sometimes reds are tricky. Without a monitor calibrator it is hard to get them just right. Most of the other colors are easier! Good luck!!

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  11. Love these!! I have no advice about printers because I don't have one. That's right. I don't have one. Now I need to copy this comment and send it to my husband, as my birthday is approaching.

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  12. So retro and adorable! Great job, Bridget, and thanks for sharing!

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  13. I love these, the printed frosting sheets are opening a whole new dimension into your cookie design!!

    My thoughts on the issue you are having, perhaps your color cartridges are running low or they are clogged?

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  14. No advice.......but I think the cookies are ADORABLE!!

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  15. OMIGOSH, OMIGOSH, OMIGOSH!!! These are so amazingly cute!! If only my name were Lucy so I could have adorable 'Lucy' cookies! :)

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  16. I had no idea you were working on POLKA DOTS! Now I really can't get those whimsical polka dot coffee mugs @ Pier One out of my head! LOL
    I do so love polka dots!
    The cookies look awesome, btw!!

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  17. Love your talent my dear... those cookies are perfectly adorable. Truly!

    Be blessed-
    Amanda

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  18. I have no clue about the printer-color issue, but thanks for sharing the info about the printer and ink price.I would love to get one, but the price of the ink is too much for my budget. I love the cookies and the borders you made.

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  19. These are gorgeous! I am about to use my epson with my kopykake products for a babys 1st birthday, and I hope thye turn out ok!! :) But glad to know I can use one design for a whole sheet and then just cut. I was dreading having to pay $40 for more mini circle icing sheets. And yes, my ink was $92, so expensive. LOL.

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  20. These cookies are gorgeous. I have never used a printer like this-really cool. Interesting how the color shifted, but still great results.

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  21. I am wanting to get a printer specifically for frosting sheets SOO bad! I am OVER dealing with the teenagers working at the local supermarket bakery who seem annoyed every time I go in there to get sheets printed...just happened again this week!!
    Anyway, love how you cut the sheets to fit your cutter, awesome idea!

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  22. I love these. They are really cute! Weird about the color though!

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  23. Wow... these turned out sooo cute. Wish I had advice for you on the printer....I don't have one...but it looks like so much fun. And I love how you piped around the edges.....soooo cute!!!!

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  24. The perfection of your cookies never ceases to amaze me!

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  25. Okay, I'm going to be the buzzkill comment. I have all the stuff for the printing and I don't use any of it. I used to get requests all the time so I invested in this stuff. I've done it once or twice. You went through a lot of steps to get those dots and they were incorrectly colored. I think it would have been simpler to make the two colors of royal and hand dotted.

    I think this method is fine when a complicated logo is concerned, a family photograph...those kind of themes.
    And, as far as pricing is concerned, I don't think edible imaging is any less expensive than hand decorating.

    There. I said it.

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  26. The Tough Cookie....hey Gail! Great points! You are right on several counts. It is not any cheaper or easier to make them this way. Royal icing dots would have been the way to go.

    I was really just playing around...some of the digital papers I bought are "designs" rather than dots and I have a few ideas about how to use them. I wanted to see if the concept would work. (These cookies weren't FOR someone. If they were, I would have redone them with royal icing.)

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  27. I don't know how it's in USA, the issue could be the ink and the colour profile (RGB, CMYK).

    When I was searching for icing printer (where I live) the most comment/alert was about the ink, the "color" in the food ink isn't the same as regular ink. So, some differences when printing are noticeable.

    My 2 cents, miss B.

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  28. wow- edible ink! how cool is that!

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  29. Can't help you because I don't own a printer... they look nice to me, but I understand the thing about colour... good luck, Bridget!

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  30. I've never used an edible ink printer, but these turned out adorable! Love the polka dots!

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  31. Regardless of whether or not these came out the same color they are ADORABLE!

    But I find that sometimes unless your using your printer ALL THE TIME the printer head has a tendency to clog (on my edible printer at least). Sometimes just running mine a couple times on paper does the trick. I think that might be what happened. It's happened to me anyway and I ended up with results not so true to color just like this. Hope it helps.

    LOVE THEM THO! I really like the "Lucy" written in the L. :)

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  32. GOREOUS!!! But I never expect anything less from you!!!

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  33. What gorgeous little cookies! I love them!

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  34. FABULOUS post! I featured your cookies on my polka dotted blog today:

    http://www.onthedotcreations.com/2010/11/lucy-never-looked-so-good.html

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  35. My name is Lucy and I love this!!!!

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