Dimensional Mixed Media Cookie Tutorial


“Texture” is the buzzword in cookie decorating these days, but this tutorial takes texture beyond what you’ve likely already seen and done. Here, Julia achieves texture and dimension on 2-D cookies through uniquely layered mixed media designs using molded cookies and innovative royal icing embossing and contouring techniques. Not only are these designs wonderful for any elegant occasion, but they rely on make-ahead embellishments that can be arranged in myriad ways, whenever you want, for the ultimate design flexibility!

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Skill Level: All, though some experience with royal icing and airbrushing is a plus

Video Format: Professionally filmed and edited in studio setting

Video Length: 50:21

What You’ll Learn (12 Techniques):

  • Basic royal icing transfers
  • Royal icing shards
  • Standard embossed royal icing transfers
  • Contoured embossed royal icing transfers
  • Molded cookies
  • Spraying with edible luster
  • Airbrush shading
  • Precision-control airbrushing and stenciling
  • Rubber-stamping
  • Piped beadwork
  • Modeling chocolate ribbons and bows
  • Piecework assembly (i.e., layering and attaching dimensional elements)

What You’ll Receive:

  • Forever-access to video recording on this site
  • Detailed 28-page tutorial handout including:
    • recipes for gingerbread, royal icing (with consistency adjustments for gluing, beadwork, and more), and modeling chocolate (both semisweet and white)
    • supply list with online sources
    • extensive airbrushing and stenciling technique tips
    • other key technique tips related to this project
    • inspiration images
  • Access to Julia via email or Superpeer for tutorial Q&A (at any time, though please allow 48 hours for a response)

Video Outline (Time Stamp):

  • Introduction (0:00 – 3:17)
  • Tool overview (3:18 – 8:41)
  • Making royal icing embellishments, including basic transfers, shards, standard embossed transfers, and contoured embossed transfers (8:42 – 20:51)
  • Packing, baking, and spraying molded cookies (20:52 – 29:24)
  • Airbrush shading on embossed royal icing transfers (29:25 – 31:13)
  • Applying underlayers, including precision-control airbrushing/stenciling and rubber-stamping along with airbrush shading (again) and piped beadwork (31:14 – 42:09)
  • Final piecework assembly of cookie, including modeling chocolate ribbons and bows (42:10 – 47:45)
  • Closing remarks (47:46 – 50:21)

Purchase Agreement: Julia M. Usher and Julia M. Usher, LLC are the sole copyright owners of this video tutorial and handout. Reproduction, distribution, resale, and/or any other use for financial gain of this video or handout, in whole or in part, are strictly prohibited. However, as the purpose of Julia’s tutorials is to teach, any knowledge gleaned from this video and handout can be used to make cookies or other products for either personal use or sale. In purchasing this tutorial, you acknowledge that you agree to these terms of use.

Julia’s Return Policy: Due to the online nature of this tutorial, all sales are final.

Video Production: Two 5:7 North, April 2023

Music: Carefree by Kevin MacLeod via Creative Commons license

Additional information

Tutorial Type

Video Tutorial

Skill Level

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


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