I've noticed so many on the board saying they let their fondant or gumpaste letters or figurines dry out a day or two before adding them to the cake. Why do you need to let them dry out? Do you leave them just setting out on your counter perhaps on some wax paper uncovered? Or how do you do this?
I feel that if they're dry, they won't change shapes. They won't get finger smushies in them. They are sturdier.
I put mine on wax paper and place them somewhere safe (not to be bumped, run over, etc.)
exactly... so they stay just how you made them. remember, cake is a soft surface and they can tip, roll or fall.