Since the majority of these were going to my son's school, I also included some done with the school crest.
The paper portion is created with 20 second icing by laying the bottom section, letting it dry for 30 minutes, then laying down the top half.
Before creating the ribbon, the base needs to be completely dry before the contrast color is placed. I recommend 12+ hours, the 6 I had still resulted in some bleeding.
The ribbon is created by setting the outline with piping icing, then flooding with 20 second icing for additional depth.
While everything was drying I mixed up some silver piping icing, probably about 30 seconds and laid it as medallions on parchment paper, then added the year to them. I gave them a light spray with colormate in silver.
I wanted to go with a lighter beach, so I used the Americolor ivory with 20 second icing and plain granular sugar. Once the 'beach' is filled in, I used piping icing for the 'ocean' and flooding.
Once that's dried, I piped the sea foam in white and dry brushed in the waves. Once this all dried, my husband pointed out that he couldn't tell what it was and that I should put a starfish on. Starfish and shell are done with a #1 tip with piping consistency icing, they're a light orangey-pink color.
Things I wish I'd done differently:
The whole coastline in white, rather than individual waves.
Multicolored sand - I'm happy with the light colored sand, but I wish the color was less uniform. I'm thinking maybe some vanilla or darker-brown granulated sugar.
My son says I need to try this on a white background, but these were honestly the last ones I did - and I was pretty done in.
Nevertheless, I held some back to try the white background with. Basically this is a wet on wet for the shield and cross, the navy is 20 second icing and the cross is piping icing. Once that dried, I piped the banner shape, let it dry for 30 minutes and filled in with 20 second icing.