I was very excited to make these edible ladybug decorations because it was a suggestion from one of you. I love making things that interest you. So I will ask again, what royal icing transfer do you want? Be sure to leave me a comment and I will do my best to make it for you.
I wanted to make edible ladybug decorations so the icing would not bleed during the storage process. Black and red can sometimes be hard colors to control. They seem to take on a life of their own and so by using candy beads or nonpareils, you can use one color of icing and reducing the chance of bleeding.
Supplies & Templates for Edible Ladybug Decorations:
Begin by preparing the templates like I did here.
If you want to see a video about icing consistency click here.
Then, with the red icing, fill in the body of the edible ladybug decoration. Use the smaller circle as a guideline on where to place the head (bead or candy) while the icing is still wet. Let the icing dry completely before adding the dots on the back.
Now as I made the first round of these I though I was being very smart by adding some really tiny nonpareils for the dots on the back but, as I was adding them one at a time with my candy tweezers, I realized it was taking forever and decided to try something different.
Then, I grabbed a paintbrush and it worked much butter but, the dots were not perfect circles. They looked more like footballs and I was really sad.
Next, I grabbed my handy dandy little BooBoo Stick and realized the dots were really small. It would work great for yes but not the dots on the back of the ladybugs.
Finally I found something that worked really well. My black AmeriColor Black Pen that had dried up. Yep, you heard me correctly. I accidentally left the lid off of my pen and it got all dry. It was OK because it was old anyway.
Are you wondering what in the world I am talking about? How did I make black dots with a dry pen. I will show you. Well, here is how I did it. I dipped my old dried AmeriColor pen into some AmeriColor Soft Gel Paste and then dotted it onto the back of the ladybugs. It worked perfectly and was fast. Perfect circles without using candy tweezers to pick up one bouncing nonpareils at a time and placing it on the back of the ladybug before it dried.
For information on how to store royal icing transfers, click here.