Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Cinnamon Dough and more Christmas cards

I bought a huge bag of cinnamon last year to make some ornaments for the tree, but didn't do anything with it, so this year I brought it out and found a recipe to make cinnamon dough.
I made a lot of dough and took some for the boys to play with. It smells heavenly and is so gorgeous to work with. Here's the recipe I used:

1 cup ground cinnamon

1/4 cup applesauce (smooth, I blitzed a bramley apple sauce)

1/2 cup PVA glue

Use a glass or ceramic bowl (it's easier to clean) and mix together the cinnamon and applesauce. Do it slowly so that you don't create clouds of cinnamon powder. Then add the glue and continue to mix until it is blended in and the surface looks smooth. Now cover bowl with clingfilm and leave for an hour. When you want to use the dough, roll out small portions at a time keeping the rest covered with the clingfilm to prevent drying out.

I used cookie cutters to cut out stars and gingerbread people and I had some letter cutters so I cut out the letters for the word JOY. Lay your pieces on some baking parchment and let air dry for at least 24 hours, but turn the pieces over roughly every 5-6 hours to prevent them curling.

You can then glitter the surface or paint it.

In this gingerbread people card I used a white souffle pen by Sakura to draw on the icing. The stamp set was from Hero Arts.

In this card I glittered the front of the letters with a fine blue glitter. The snowflake stamps are Cute Companions Let it Snow set and the swirl is from the U-mount range by Creative Expressions.

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