Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
For the cookies:
Cream butter by hand or with a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Add icing sugar and cream until smooth. Add egg yolks slowly to butter mixture and blend until smooth. Stir in vanilla and almond extract. Add pastry flour and salt and combine until dough comes together. Shape into a disc, wrap and chill for at least 2 hours before rolling.
Preheat oven to 325 F. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough slightly to soften (this will prevent cracking as it is rolled. Roll out dough to ¼ -inch thick and cut out desired shapes. Unused dough can be re-rolled and cut again (just chill for a few minutes if it becomes too soft). Place cut-outs on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet and bake on the center rack of the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until bottom of cookies turn a light golden brown. Remove cookies from pan onto a cooling rack and cool completely.
For the icing:
Stir together all ingredients to blend, then beat with electric beaters on high speed until mixture is stiff, about 7 minutes. Tint portions of icing as desired.
To store, keep icing tightly covered, with plastic wrap resting directly on surface of icing.
To decorate cookies:
Tools: Small disposable piping bags, Variety of piping tips, including a small 1/8-inch plain tip, Decorator sugars
To create a satiny finished cookie thin the icing a little by adding water, a few droplets at a time, until desired consistency is achieved. First pipe an outline of icing around edge of cookie with 1/8-inch plain tip. Using a brush, fill in cookie with icing to coat (it’s just like colouring inside the lines).
For a colourful swirl effect, add drops of a contrasting colour on the cookie and swirl in with a toothpick.
For a textured contrast, let royal icing dry completely, then pipe on top. Sprinkle with decorator’s sugar, if desired. Have fun and play!!!
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Step 6: Conclusions Now you're finished! A professional looking canvas at a very low cost. Here's a few notes that might help as well. If you are stretching a lot of paintings at once, it might be easier to cut all the wood at once but just make sure to keep the pieces together. If your painting is especially large then a cross brace or two may be necessary to create a strong frame. It is a matter of preference but generally if the painting is larger than 3 feet across then a cross brace would be a good idea. For this simply use a 1” x 2” strip cut square and staple it (on both sides of the frame) in the center. The should not be used for the brace pieces. Good luck with framing!
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Step 5: Stretch the Canvas Now you are finally ready to stretch the canvas. To do this lay a piece of paper down on a clean surface, and then the painting face down. Line up the frame so that the molding is against the canvas. To stretch this pull one side of the canvas up and around and staple it in the center of that side. Next take the canvas pliers, stretch the canvas on the opposite side and staple in the center. Although this can be done alone, a second pair of hands might make this step a little easier. Flip the painting over and make sure that it lines up properly with the frame. If it does you can begin stapling the rest of these sides. On the one side of the sides with a staple in it, place two staples, approximately 2”-3” on either side of the center staple while stretching the canvas. Do the same on the opposite side of the painting. Continue to work your way outwards towards the corners, until there you are about 1” from the corner. Next repeat this process along the other two sides of the painting, stretching the canvas tight. When you have completed this you can fold the corners of the painting as you would a present and staple them to the strip in the back. It is a matter of preference if you want the folds on the top and bottom or sides of you painting but being consistent will make them look better.
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