1. Align stencil on top of fondant covered cake. Mix royal icing so that it is thick like marshmallow fluff. Your royal icing can be a bit thinner than what is used for the sides of cakes since gravity is not going to "pull" it down the sides. A nice, creamy consistency works best and will give you rounded edges, creating a "bubble paint" look on the larger openings. Drop a dolip of icing on the middle of the stencil to help hold it in place. (Fig1)
2. Using your trowel or offset spatula, spread icing across the stencil. DO NOT LIFT your trowel or it will pull the stencil up with it. Gently spread and lift off at the end of your stroke. (Fig2)
3. Lift stencil and let dry. (Fig 3)
Tip: Watch our video on Raised and Painted Technique to see how you can embellish your dried pattern with shading.