It also enabled me to get around the Moratorium on Elf Tweaking, 'cause let's face it, you have to tweak a drawing until you get it right! ;)
EDIT: Oh! Speaking of elf-tweaking, I should mention here! Last night I happened upon the idea of just gently washing those frosted-looking figures with a brushful of clean water, and it seems to be working. I don't know if it's melting the errant particles, cleaning them off, or just "filling in the gaps" but there's definite improvement. It's weird, when the water is fresh on the figure, the frosting disappears completely, revealing the paint underneath that's supposed to be there. When it dries, the frosting comes back, but noticeably diminished. So I'm going to try multiple washings ... the figs might be salvageable yet!