Thanks for all the welcomes. Glad I could help with some problems too! LOL. I discovered the BC technique on the wilton boards back in March when did my older dtr's bowling bday party cake and OMG, I just fell instantly in love w/the technique! I detest the star technique for character pans and I was "painting" them in with frosting, so this was so much easier. And with my carpo-tunnel, a whole lot easier too! Although I still have a lot of character pans and will use them from time to time, I tend to only use the top 1.5 inches of the design and put it on another cake. It's fun to see what other ppl can do. There are some really creative cake decorators out there!