I can't see it that great but for what I can see...
I would find a decorating tube the right circumference, a ten or something for the bubbley area and a cookie cutter for the petals and I don't know I hope the cake is small 'cause you gotta work fast to get it all going.
And I would put a blob of fondant under each bubbley so it is raised a bit.
I would try to fashion some kind of dealio that would make the bubbley dealios faster--think I"d look at the hardware store for some hollow tubes that would fit together so you could maybe get your bubbleys done with five strokes rather than 35--kwim.
Thoughts o' the bubbley for yah. hic
Why, I think this one is way over my head, but here goes. This may be kind of what K8memphis was trying to say. Could you make you a mold for the center of the flower using "sculpey" modeling clay and bake it. Press fondant into the mold to make centers. Then just use fondant for the outside of the flower, cutting them out with a cookie cutter. Then attach the center to the fondant cut-out using a little buttercream or royal icing. I'm not totally sure that would work, but would be a lot easier than say brush embroidery. Which you might want to consider for another option. Gosh, that would be so time consuming though. I hope it is not a large cake.
I didn't say this one important foundational step that may or may not be obvious. I'd fondant cover the cake and quick as possible emboss it as I described above.
So the 'blob', the dimple of fondant, under each flower center would be place on the buttercream --then apply the fondant over that. --then emboss quickly--get the major stuff on first alll over then go back & do details.
That's a stunner cake--it she's getting married in Memphis, I'll help yah.
Honestly, that looks pretty easy to me. I'd use a petal cutter, slap a bunch of them in a circle, overlap another circle toward the center and by the time I got to the center use the grass tip to put it lots of ri dots.
Do you have a handyman/woman that could fashion you up a quick vacuum former? Only a timber frame, couple of frames and pvc pipe to attach normal vacuum cleaner - then you purchase the vivak sheets (food grade acetate) you will only be able to make a 'texture sheet' the same size as you piece of paper.... and not sure that the vacuum process MIGHT flatten the design on the paper (you would be able to tell beforehand by feeling it)
Pam (from Cakes & More )
I KNOW what you are like Rouv - when she says 'replicate' - she means EXACTLY hehehehe ..... AND she WILL work out a way!! - I know she will ! AMAZING WORK Rouv!!
What about just making flowers like those from fondant, gumpaste or modeling chocolate and placing them on the cake in that pattern? You could score the fondant base layer to replicate the back ground of petals. Maybe one of the three tiers or two of four have that design and the others be plain with the matching ribbon around them.
I haven't read all the replies so forgive me if this is repeated.
How about you put a piece of wax paper on top of the invitation, and then pipe over the pattern with royal icing. Let the royal icing harden and then you've got yourself a hard pattern that you can emboss onto your cake. If you don't want the embossed look on the cake, then you can go over your embossing with the royal icing again to give it a raised look.
I think it's going to be gorgeous. I would also do the same thing as LeahS. Just cut out a bunch of petals and lay them everywhere. For all the little balls, I would just roll a ball of fondant and press it into a sieve. It will come out looking like the center of the flower.
Is the invitation raised if so could you maybe use it on the cake pressing it onto the cake, Make sure it has plastic wrap on it so it will be clean. Just my thought.
I would try to convince them that instead of embossing you could to the flowers like Leah said. You can even put pearls as the little dots, giving it more like a jeweled look. Tell them that will give their cake dimension and a classy look...
Thank you all so much for your replies.
There are excellent ideas here that I can play with.