But then I went out to get a lamb's ear leaf from my garden to look at it, and it wasn't fuzzy, it was hairy.
That presented a problem, because the next four samples that I tried to make using the "fuzzy" methods I had anticipated using weren't right.
I finally decided that the best way to get the illusion of "hairy" was to do a texture. The sample that I made with that goal in mind looked pretty good...My daughter walked by, looked at it and said "hey! It's lamb's ear!" Then I kept glancing at it throughout the day and would think that it was a real one each time.
I sent them to the customer and she liked them so much she bought more. She said that they really did look soft, so this ends up being a visual illusion that works.
It's not hairy, obviously, but it does give the visual effect of being hairy. You want the combination of texture and depth, which you can get by scoring the surface of the paste and applying powder colors.
Start with a lighter-colored leaf, and cut them out fairly thick (about 1/16").
Brush the leaf with a deeper green to match the part of the leaf that's under the silvery hairs. Do this all over the leaf so that some of the darker color gets into the cuts and the veining.
Using your finger, not a brush, gently rub some silvery powder onto the surface of the leaf. You don't want it to go into the veins.
And there you have it. You can do the same thing for the dusty miller leaves, but use an oak leaf cutter and paler grey paste to begin with, or a fern cutter, depending on what variety of leaf you're looking for.
Kara Buntin owns A Cake To Remember LLC in Richmond VA, and cake supplies online at www.acaketoremember.com and www.acaketoremember.etsy.com