Royal icing is not something that came naturally to me (like, say, fondant). But for this being my third time making it, I think they came out fantastically! I got better and better with each cookie, with the final ones being very intricately detailed.
These guys are the masters of cookie decorating, and they had a lot of good tips and tricks to help me. In fact, they're so good, that you should just get all of your ideas and recipes for them. Don't pay attention to me, I don't know what the hell I'm doing.
But as long as I don't mind spending hours and hours meticulously making tiny dots and lines, it ends up looking like I know what I'm doing. I think my favorite bits are the little white sprinkled snowballs. By themselves they look cute, but mixed in with a big tray of fancy snowflakes, they really stand out.
Essentially, the trick to decorating snowflakes is to break things into 6ths, and just use repeating lines and dots.
In the end I only wish I had expanded the colors a little more to make it look like less of a baby shower themed cookie tray, perhaps more blues and purples, less pink? And I wish I took pictures of the process, but like I said earlier, don't use me for exact instructions. Look to the pros for that.
Just use me as inspiration!
Remember, I started with this:
And ended with this. It just takes practice, and a whole lot of sugar.