The designs on the cookies show each of the 8 elements in the Skylanders universe: Life, Undead, Earth, Tech, Magic, Water, Fire, and Air.
To make the cookies, I outlined each circle with black royal icing using a pastry bag with a #3 tip. Then I filled it in with a dark blue flood icing from a squeeze bottle. (To make the dark blue, I mixed some black icing into my royal blue icing.) I drew the designs using a light blue icing. (I only used a little bit of the royal blue food coloring to get that shade) using a pastry bag with a #3 tip. The consistency of the light blue icing was somewhere in between outline and flood consistencies. Some people call it "20 second icing". It's thick enough that you don't need to outline first, but thin enough that it spreads a little.
I also made a birthday banner to match the Skylander's theme:
The ends of the banner are a cloud shape I cut on my Cricut (Artiste cartridge from Close To My Heart). I modified the Skylander's logo to say "Aaron's Adventure" instead of Spyro's and glued that logo to the clouds. The banner's circles and letters I also cut with my Cricut (Art Philosophy cartridge from Close To My Heart). In between the words, I put a picture of Zap -- one of my son's favorite characters from the Skylander's game.
Since turning 10 is a big deal, I wanted to add some more 10's to the banner. I cut out some more clouds, circles and numbers and hung them with baker's twine to make these little accents. Then I hung a Skylanders character poster on the wall. This poster comes with the game for Wii, or you can do like I did, and print it from Skylanders.com.
Our Elf On The Shelf wanted to get into the birthday action, too, so he decorated Aaron's door with a "10" made out of crepe paper and then draped some more crepe paper on the stairs! You can see his little red hat sitting on the stairs in this photo.
I'm busy planning a Skylander's party for a few of Aaron's friends and I'll post more Skylander's fun soon!