I think you should try edible image transfers. Take the image to a local bakery and have them scan and print them. You can then top ice your cupcakes the background color and add the cut-out red rose to the top. For a 3-d effect, your leaves could be made of icing.
Peggy Porschen's latest book has a cake called "Homage to Cath Kidston" and she used the top fabric on your post. There is a template that you can use to make a colour flow out of Royal Icing. (with really good instructions) If you did this you could make the roses in advance. The rest of the book is gorgeous so you could probably use it for more than just the template.
Whatever you do remember and upload the pictures of them so we can see.
Hi, I probably should have mentioned that the book is called "Romantic Cakes" just in case you decide to try looking for it .
Thank you all so much for your advice. I HAVE THIS BOOK!! I cant believe I didnt even look in any of my books. I'd never heard of her before so it didnt click! Now the scary part........how to do a flood design EK!!