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Let’s Get Baked – Sublimation Cookies

Sublimation Cookies

No, I have not lost my mind, at least not yet. You see, we are not actually going to sublimate cookies. What we are going to do is use  sublimation designs to decorate cookies.  Okay, now that makes more sense, right !!

But how do you put sublimation designs on cookies? Where do you find the sublimation designs? We will discover that answers to these questions and more in this tutorial. I hope you will join me.

Explaining Sublimation Cookies

Disclaimer – in this tutorial, we will not be using sublimation ink to decorate cookies. The inks that are used for these Sublimation Cookies is Edible Inks and the Printer used is the Canon TR8620a, Edible Printing System from Icing Images.

The sublimation images that I discuss in this tutorial are FREEBIE Images from Creative Fabrica. I will provide you with all the links so you can follow along.

In this tutorial, I will walk you through the process of  how to decorate cookies with sublimation images. These sublimation images are the same types of images that you would use on a t-shirt or mug or tumbler. But in this tutorial, we are going to decorate cookies instead.

Hence the name Sublimation Cookies.

I know that some of you won’t have an edible printing system. No worries, I won’t be leaving you folks out. I have another tutorial planned. In that tutorial, I will discuss using your stamps and dies to decorate cookies. But that is for another day.

Let’s get started!!

What is Creative Fabrica ?

Creative Fabrica is an amazing platform and in my opinion, it outshines all the other platforms with few exceptions.

I love this subscription. I get unlimited daily downloads for just $4.99 per month. What is the catch, it is a yearly subscription of $59.98.

But I already have the subscription, how do I get this price?

When you log out of your account from your account page, you should see this banner at the top of your screen.

That is how I have done it. I have logged out and clicked on the upgrade tab. The system will then add 12 months to you existing subscription. Currently, my subscription ends in about 3 years.

I really encourage you to check out this platform if you haven’t already done it. You are going to fall in love. I know that I have.

Sublimation Cookies - FREEBIE Designs

I found some really cute FREEBIE Designs on Creative Fabrica that I used with my cookies. I wanted to find the FREEBIE Designs because I know that not everyone has a Creative Fabrica Subscription.

I really wanted everyone to be able to follow along.

This was my favorite set of sublimation cookies. I named this set Halloween Pets. I needed to give the sublimation cookies separate names because I had to upload them to Cricut Design Space and Silhouette Studio.

Vintage Halloween Sublimation Bundle PNG

These designs are by Trendy T-Shirt Store.

These are 2 little ghost designs that I found and I thought they were adorable. These cookies were put on a hexagon cookie shape.

Halloween Cute Boy Ghost Sublimation

Halloween Cute Girl Ghost Sublimation

These designs were created by

oliades.

I have included the link so that  you can check out Oliades‘ other designs if you like.

There was one more FREEBIE design that I picked for my sublimation cookies. I needed a good variety of sublimation cookies because we were having a Halloween Party for the kiddos.

Halloween Scarecrow Pumpkin Sublimation

These designers were made by Craftinglia.

There are several designs in this category. I think there are like 15 files total. I don’t know if they are all FREEBIE Designs. But the ones that I used were FREEBIES at the time of this tutorial.

If you want to take a look at these designs, the easiest way I have found is to go to the profile page and use the search bar at the top of the page. Just type in Scarecrow Pumpkin and the designs will populate.

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Edible Printing System

Let me introduce you to my Edible Printing System. I bought this system from Icing Images. And I love it.

My Edible Printing System consist of the Canon TR8620a Edible Printer and the Cricut Explorer Air 2 food safe die cutting machine.

Honestly, I did have issues when I started. I watched all the tutorials that I was suppose to watch and I still had questions. But that is the way it goes sometimes. This was new technology for me and there was a learning curve. I have worked through all the questions and all the glitches and have included the information in this tutorial.

In this tutorial, I am going to walk you through my learning curve. I am going to spell everything out with lots of pictures for the visual learns. This is amazing technology and it is well worth learning. Additional tutorials will follow this one, and we are going to have an amazing learning adventure together.

Here is how I did it.

Let's Get Baked - Sublimation Cookies

The process for making sublimation cookies is very similar to any other print and cut technique using  Cricut Design Space. The main difference is type of printer used and the material that we are using to print on. After all, sublimation cookies are the most fun when they can be eaten.

For edible printing we are not using our normal home ink jet or laser printer. The printer used is one that is designed specifically for edible inks. Instead of printing on sticker paper, we print onto an edible paper like an icing sheets, wafer paper, or even fondant.

Bottom line, for sublimation cookies we are using food safe equipment and materials. Otherwise, the print and cut process is very similar to the process when making stickers. No worries, I will point out the differences in considerable detail and explanation.

Load Designs to Cricut Design Space

I started by uploading the sublimation cookie designs to Cricut Design Space. Now the first thing you need to do is sign in to Cricut Design Space. Once you are signed in, you will be selecting Open a New Project.

This is going to give you a blank canvas. From the blank canvas, use the toolbar and click on Upload Image.

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Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.
Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.

Clicking on the Upload Image will take you to a new screen.

From this new screen you will have two options. You can either upload an image from your computer OR you can use an image already uploaded to Cricut Design Space.

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Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.

If you need help uploading images to Cricut Design Space, please check out my other post.

Silhouette Studio with Cricut Design Space

If you read that other post and you still need help, please leave a comment in the comment box below and I will help you out.

For this tutorial, we will be using a design that has already been uploaded to my Cricut Design Space.

Notice that the selected images appear in the bottom toolbar. This bottom toolbar list all the images that are currently selected.

All that is left is click on the Add to Canvas Tab.

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Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.

Once the Add to Canvas tab is clicked, a new screen will open and your sublimation cookie images will be added to the Cricut Design Space Canvas.

These images are very large and added them to the Cricut Canvas generated an error message. I am going to ignore this error message. I am working with 3 inch sublimation cookies and I will resize the images.

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Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.

Okay, now it is time to resize these images to 3 inch circles and get them over to the Printer.

Check out the image below. I have created 2 circles, one pink and the other blue. These are 3 inch circles. The ghost designs were resized to just under 3 inches. I wanted these designs to fit without going over the edge of the cookie.

Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.

Okay, now we need to talk about the tools at the bottom right side of Cricut Design Space.

These tools are located under the layers panel and they include Slice, Combine, Attach, Flatten and Contour.  Our focus in this tutorial will be on Attach and Flatten. We can talk about the other two tools in another tutorial. These are the tools that we will use for the sublimation cookies.

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Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.

The tool that you need to use is the Flatten Tool. I am going to give you a detailed explanation as to the why. I strongly believe that learning involves understanding the why you do something. It isn’t just a matter of this is how it is done so do it my way. When you understand the why something is done, it becomes easier to apply to other projects. There is a difference between being able to copy instruction and actually learning and creating your own projects.  Okay, I am getting off topic.

Okay, we need to start by telling Cricut Design Space which part of the design needs to be printed and which part of the design needs to be cut. In the pic below you can see this in the layers panel.

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Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.

This 2nd set of pics shows you what the design will look like in the layers panel when the design is Attached.

It is important that you be able to recognize these differences when you are looking at the layers panel.

Yes, there are instances when you use Attach in Print Then Cut when you are making stickers, but this is not one of those times.

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Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.

Originally this sublimation cookie was on a blue circle. I changed the color of the circle to white.

I did this because the blue color would print as the background to the cookie and I didn’t want that. I changed it to white, because the color white will not print.

Check out the Pic Below. This showed you what it looks like the the layers panel.

Looking back at the Pic Above you will notice that the design and the pink circle are on separate mats. That is because that design is Attached.

In the Pic Below, the design elements are not on separate mats. This is a good example of the difference between Attached and Flattened.

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Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.

Once you have all the sublimation cookies the way you want them and they are ready to print, the next step is to click on the “Make It” on you Cricut Design Canvas. This will take you to another screen.

On this screen you will see your designs laid on different mats.

Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.

Remember the yellow circle cookies. The design and the circles were set to two different operations. The Design was a Print Then Cut and the operation for the yellow circle was Basic Cut.

Cricut Design Space separated the design and the circles to two separate mats.

With the Pink Cookies, these were attached in the layers panel. The operation for the design was set to Print Then Cut and the operation for the circle was set to Basic Cut.

Even with the design elements attached, Cricut Design Space still separated these design elements on two separate mats.

Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.

Okay, So How Do We Get the Sublimation Cookies Made?

Clearly the both the yellow and the pink sublimation cookies are not going to cut correctly. Cricut Design Space separated both of those designs on different mats. What we are needed is the design to be on one mat.

Fortunately there is another alternative and it is called Flatten.

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Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.

The image that was Flattened does show up correctly as a Print Then Cut. When you look at the mat and there is only 1 mat. Both the circle and the design are one the same mat. They were not separated and rearranged by Cricut Design Space.

I did change the background from blue to white. I did this because the blue color will print when the sublimation cookies are sent to the printer.

But the white color WILL NOT PRINT.

This mat image looks a whole lot better. The circles have not be placed on a separate mat and regrouped. The circles are on the same mat as the design. That is the way it needs to appear when you are sending your sublimation cookies to the printer.

SVG PNG File Difference

I have done a lot of Print Then Cut with my Cricut machines. I am not sure why the Attach will work on some designs and Flatten works on other designs.

Does it have something to do with the file type of the design? I do not know.

People who I have spoken to suggested that it was because of the file type. They have told me that you can use Attach with a PNG, but you need to use Flatten with an SVG. I don’t know the answer.

But I do know that when you send it to the printer, both the design and the background needs to be on one mat. It you look at the mats and see 2 mats, you need to cancel and change the designs from Attached to Flatten or from Flatten to Attached, whichever the case may be.

You always need your design with the background to be on 1 mat.

Unless you have a specific background that you are wanting for your sublimation cookies, remember to change the background color to white.

Now Let's Send the Designs to the Printer

Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.

When I send the sublimation cookie designs to the printer, I want to make sure that the Printer System Dialog Box is checked. This is going to do a couple of things for me.

This allows me to double check all the settings and make sure they are correct. Paper size, print quality,

There is another tutorial that goes over all the print setting for the Cannon TR8620a. That tutorial will walk you through the setting up of the printer and all the details that you are needing. The link will go active when the post is finished.

Cannon PIXMA TR8620a Edible Printer

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Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.

When you hit the print button, if you don’t see the Printer System Dialog Box open, check behind the Print Set up Box. Sometimes these boxes get stacked on top of each other. But that is easily solved by boxing the around on your screen.

Let’s get these sublimation cookies printed!

Once your icing sheet for your sublimation cookies are printed, it is time for the next step. Be careful handling the icing sheets for your sublimation cookies. The edible inks might still be wet.

Send to Printer Issue

This may just be a fluke with my printer, but I wanted to let you know just in case you run into this issue.

Cannon TR8620a is the Edible Printer that I have. When I open my dialogue box to send my Print N Cut image to the printer, notice that my Cannon TR8600 is listed twice. When I take a closer look at the selection, one is listed as a TR8620 Series and the other is listed as a TR8620 Series FAX.

I do not want to choose the TR8620 Series FAX.

Instead I need to choose the TR8600 Series.

The fact that the print dialogue box only list TR8600 Series is not relevant. I own the Cannon TR8620a which is included in that series.

That is just a little FYI in case you find yourself in a similar situation.

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Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.

Edible Cricut Explorer Air 2

Now this is the fun part. Your Edible Cricut Explorer Air 2 has its own food grade mats. Be sure to use the food grade mats.

All that is left is to load your icing sheet from the edible printer onto the food safe mat, load your Cricut Explorer Air 2 and hit start.  Sit back and watch the magic happen as the icing images are cut to perfection for those delicious sublimation cookies that you are making.

Shaped Sublimation Cookies

Okay, we’ve done the circle. But you know what, Creative Fabrica has really cool designs that don’t lend themselves to circles. So what happens when the cookie is not a circle. Can you still use the design? Can you still make those cookies?

Yes, you can.

So let’s take a close look at some of the Halloween Sublimation Cookies that I made that were not circles. Let’s take a closer look at how I made those shapes.

The sublimation cookie needs to be bigger than the design. It is very simple and I used the offset path function.

In the Pic Below you can see the designs that were used for these sublimation cookies. Let me show you how I got that done.

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Halloween Pets 02 - Sublimation Cookies

The Sugar Cookie Recipe

Because I am cutting out shapes, I wanted a sugar cookie dough that was going to hold its shape. It also needed to taste good. I don’t like bland tasting cookies.

If you would like to take a look at the sugar cookie recipe that I used, you are welcome to follow the link.

Let’s Get Baked – Sugar Cookie Recipe

This link will go live once the post is completed.

Let's Shape those Sublimation Cookies

I am using the offset path to get this done. It is very easy. Don’t worry if you have never used the offset path before. I am going to walk you through the entire process. These shaped sublimation cookies are so much fun to make.

So Let’s Get Started –

These are the images that I will used for this demonstration.

The image that I am going to use for my sublimation cookies is “The Boo Crew”. We are a dog family.

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Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.

I started by first making a duplicate copy of the design. This is easily done by selecting the design element and the Ctrl / Cmd + D. You can also use the top tool bar Edit – Duplicate.

I made the duplicate because this is what I am going to use shape of the icing sheet as well as the cookie cutter template that I will make out of cardstock.

With the duplicate selected, go to the top tool bar Operations Drop down and change the Print Then Cut to Basic.

When you look at the Pic Below, notice that there is a green check mark besides Print Then Cut. That check mark tells you the operation that is selected for the design image. That is one way you can tell.

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Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.

I know that duplicate looks like a Hot Mess. That is okay, we got this. It is going working. I am going to show  you how.

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Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.

Next I selected the Hot Mess. Then I selected Offset Path from the top tool bar. I new window opened.

I want to keep my corners rounded. I get better results and I think when you have a hot mess you need the rounded corners.

I set the distance to 0.25 which translates to 1/4 inch offset. You can set the distance to 0.125 which is 1/8 inch if you like. You might not want that much of a border around your design.

Notice that the APPLY button is not turning green in the first pic below. Cricut Design Space is working on it and it will turn green eventually. After all it is a Hot Mess that we have handed Cricut Design Space.

Once it turns green you can click on the Apply Button.

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Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.

Okay, that Hot Mess is looking pretty good now.

The Hot Mess can be moved to the side. I will deal with it later.

The offset path is black. Black is the default color. I am going to change that color to a grey in a minute.

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Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.

I duplicated the offset path from the Hot Mess. I also changed the color to grey.

Then I applied another offset path. It wasn’t a Hot Mess so the Apply Tab turned green right away.

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Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.

The default color of the offset path is black. I will change that color in a minute.

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Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.

I am going to keep both offset paths and I am going to delete the Hot Mess and the 1st duplicate that I made.

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Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.

I changed the 2nd offset path to a darker grey.

You are probably wondering why I had to make 2 duplicates. And that is a good point. It is a good question.

The light grey shape replaces the circle that I used earlier when I was working on the Halloween Ghost Sublimation Cookies.

The lighter grey shape will be changed to white. This is the shape that will be used in the Print Then Cut when the Halloween Sublimation Cookies are sent to the printer. I will group this shape with the design and Flatten it. I will change the color so that the light grey color doesn’t print on the icing sheet using up a lot of edible ink.

The grey color is for visual while working in Cricut Design Space. 

The 2nd dark grey shape will be cut from card stock. This 2nd shape will act as the template cookie cutter for the sublimation cookies.

Summary

The light gray represent the shape of the icing sheet when you complete the Print Then Cut

The dark gray represents what the cookie will look like.

The Pic Below represents a visual overview for your sublimation cookies.

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Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.

My Halloween Sublimation Cookies

This is the final results for all 4 of the designs that I used for the Halloween Sublimation Cookies. That Halloween Party was a big hit, despite the royal icing that was a complete disaster. 

But, you know what that means, there is room for improvement. And we are going to get better together.

I have faith in you. I have faith in me. And I have faith in us.

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Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and let's do some Sublimation Cookies.

Using the Homemade Sublimation Cookie Cutters

I just cut the sublimation cookie shapes out of card stock.

The beauty is that I can cut as many as I need. The card stock gets of little discolored from the butter in the cookie dough, but that isn’t an issue.

I did put numbers on the shapes so that I could tell them apart. I did work on one shape at a time. I was making 6 of each design for the Halloween Party.

Sublimation Cookies - Making and Using the Cookie Template

Icing Images has an outstanding set of cutting tools that I was able to use. I had no problem tracing around the outside edge of the card stock.

I will usually buy the set because it is the best way to save money. You can click on the link below if you want to check them out.

I used the Penblade Yellow #11 and had absolutely no problems tracing around cardstock template.

I held the template in place with one hand and cut out the cookie dough with the other hand. It was so easy. The Penblade easily glided through the cookie dough with no difficulty.

Curves were no problem.

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Sublimation Cookies - the cutting template

The rough edges of the cookie dough were easily softened with my finger.

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Sublimation Cookies - smoothing the edges of the cookie dough

I was absolutely thrilled with the way I was able to cut out the shaped cookies.

Sublimation Cookies - Halloween Party

The Halloween Party for the kiddos was a great success. My royal icing efforts needs work, but there is time for that and the kiddos didn’t seem to care. The cookies were a big hit.

I will keep working on the royal icing and I will let you know as I make progress. I would really like to perfect the royal icing or at least come up with a work around. These sublimation cookies are a lot of fun. I hope you give them a try.

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Halloween Pets - Sublimation Cookies
Sublimation Cookies - Pumpkins

Other Post That You Might Like

Here are some other  post that  you might like to check out. Please note that if the links are not active, that the post are still being worked on. The links will go active once the post are finished.

Let’s Get Baked – Sugar Cookie Recipe

Cannon PIXMA TR8620a Edible Printer

Cricut Design Space – Adding Your Machine

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