Pardon the pics as they were all taken with my trusty iphone while in the process. I used an array of recent designs to demonstrate all of the steps. :)
It all starts with an idea or inspiration. I was lucky enough to collaborate with a clever Mom and Grandma for a little girl's first birthday for the bubble cookies. I told them that I would sketch something out for them to see and this is what I came up with.
A lot of research goes into the design. Some of the time I don't have a clue about the specific character that I am asked to make. For example, I was asked to make Abby Cadabby cookies a while back and I said, "sure!" I then went straight to the computer to see who the heck Abby Cadabby was. I have two boys who have never been into Sesame Street. :)
Needless to say, careful thought and planning go into each order.
So tell your local cookier how much you love them. :)