I recently used icing sheets for the first time. I let the royal icing on the cookie dry completely before applying the icing sheet. I thought I had read somewhere that to use the icing sheet I just needed to peel off the backing and it sticks to the cookie, but that didn't happen. I ended up thinning out some royal icing to use as a "glue". I put a thin layer on the back of the icing sheet before placing on the cookie. This seemed to work, but I got some bubbling up on some. Would love any advice or tips on how to best work with icing sheets.
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Yeah, dry icing sheets won't stick to dry icing. Icing sheets have sugar in them, so you only need to slightly moisten them (or the icing) to dissolve some of the sugar and make them tacky enough to stick. I usually use corn syrup to stick down frosting sheets; it spreads more evenly than thicker royal icing, and so you tend to get less lumpiness this way. However, be careful not to get the paper too damp, or the paper can buckle or dissolve and not stick in those areas - which is what sounds like happened to you. Best of luck!
Thanks so much for the reply. I'll try using corn syrup next time.