1. Press the cutter into sugar paste where you would like the 3D relief to go, to make a soft embossed design. Lift the cutter away using the handle to prevent fingermarks.
2. Roll out coloured Mexican paste (50% sugar paste, 50% flower paste) very, thinly on a non stick surface using a non-stick rolling pin. To aid in the release of your cutter, rub a bit of white fat (e.g. Trex) on to the cutting edges.
3. Press the cutter firmly into the mexican paste and lift up.
4. To remove the paste from the cutter, use a cocktail stick and/or gently tap the sides of the cutter. Peel away excess paste and use tweezers to remove any small unwanted pieces.
5. Stick pieces of paste into place on the embossed design in the fondant, by moistening the area with water.
6. Repeat the process until all the embossed sections that you wish to cover have sugar paste on them.
7. To make the picture 3D, build up certain parts with multiple layers of paste; sticking the layers on top of each other with a little bit of water. For my butterfly, I made parts of the wings and the body higher than the other sections by using 3 layers of paste.
8. Once the paste is dry, use paints or luster dusts if desired.
There are all sorts of different patchwork cutters available. Patchwork Cutters has a full range of cutters to choose from for all occasions.