Those cakes look great! I have discovered another easy way of getting a design onto a cake: I get most of my pictures off the computer, so first I print up the picture, then I cut the picture out so I have the exact shape I want. I press the picture down onto my crusted
icing on my cake. I gently push along the edge, so it leaves an indentation. I peel the paper off the cake, and there is the entire outline of my picture! I simply outline it with my black tip 2 or 3, and fill it in. I almost always use a damp paintbrush to smooth my designs, as I don't like the lines to show (although I really liked the lines in those other cakes posted - may have to try that!). If you're interested, the school bus, margarita, horse, Betty Boop, and pig (Charlotte's Web) cakes in my photos have all been done this way. If the picture is a little more complicated, meaning it has details that I don't want to freehand (inside the outline), then I go back to my cut out picture and basically make a jigsaw puzzle out of it. Example, for my Betty Boop cake, I cut out her hair, placed the hair back on my cake using the outline as a guide and pressed gently....lifted it up, and voila, her whole hairstyle was there. Did the same with her dress. It sounds more confusing than it is, it's actually very simple and very effective!