Sugar Cookie Post Cards (mailable)
In case you haven't noticed, I love Valentine's Day. While so many people are inexplicable perturbed by the "holiday created by Hallmark", I find it sweet, and a nice reminder to appreciate the love that we have in our lives. I don't just mean in a relationship sense. Single people have a lot of love around them too, and it's important to remember that love is one of the most precious gifts we can have, which is why I believe that all the people who I love in my life are my Valentines. Even you, sweet readers, thank you so much for being an audience to my outlet and insanity. I love you!
I'll preface this by saying that I'm in love with the blog SheKnows.com, which is where i got this idea from. The team over there is full of so much creativity and such a devoted following, they are truly what I aspire to be with my little hole in the internet.
I sent a few of these darling little "sugar cookies" to a few of my out of town friends and family to let them know that I was thinking of them at Valentine's Day. My mom lives one town over, but she got one too. She's always my guinea pig for crafts, haha.
To make these Sugar Cookie Post Cards, you will need:
1 pkg. of Crayola Model Magic in Natural bisque (found here for $4.99)
1 tube of Kwik Seal caulk in white (found here for $5)
some acrylic paint in what ever color you'd like your frosting to be (optional, they're just as cute in white)
& some decorations. I used cut up pieces of plastic rope (like the kind my kiddo makes lanyards with) and some actual sprinkles) You could also use tiny beads.
Roll out your Model Magic like you would for real cookies. They can be as thick as you want, just keep in mind, the thicker they are, the heavier they are and more postage may be required. Use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out the shapes... & then wait a hundred years for them to hardened. (72 hours, but it felt like a hundred years. I was so excited to decorate these bad boys). Once, they are hardened, you'll spread the caulk on them just like you would frosting. I used a toothpick to make it a little imperfect and add swirls. If you want to color your "frosting", you can add a bit of acrylic paint, stir well, and then frost normally. The caulking will start to harden pretty quickly, so you'll need to work fast: It's best to already have your decorations ready (I didn't, I started cutting pieces of string after frosting and it was stressful). Apply your chosen decorations to the "cookie", wait about 30 minutes, then gently press them into the caulk so they'll stay. It'll take another 48-72 hours for the caulk to dry and harden completely. You can then seal your design with some modge podge. I chose to skip this step (because I'm impatient as all hell) and so far, so good. Once the cookies are dry, they will have shrunk a bit (so you can't use the same cookie cutter to cut the paper out of). Trace your cookie on a sheet of scrapbook paper, colored paper, or cardboard, and then apply the paper to the back with glue. It would probably give it a much cleaner look to use a spray adhesive, but I used my trusty hot glue gun, & i'm pleased with the results.
I sent these "post card style"- no envelope, box, or anything. The cookies will be about $3 to ship via USPS, but you may be better off taking them into the post office to have them weighed to assure proper postage.
Crafting not your thing? Simply don't have 5 days to dedicate to a sugar cookie post card? Pick one up in The Shop :)