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Mint Chocolate Chip Valentine Card

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Okay, so I'll admit this is just a card and doesn't really contribute to the Instructables' mission of "taking back Valentine's Day from the American Greeting Card Association," but at least it is hand-made, right? And who wouldn't melt when they receive this card with colors inspired by the best ice cream flavor ever invented?

This project uses a die-cutting machine to emboss the background. But if you don't have a die-cutter you can use the traditional dry embossing method using brass templates, a light source, and a stylus.
 
 
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Step 1: Gather supplies

Paper:
Mint green cardstock by Paper Reflections - cut one piece to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and a second piece to 1/2" x 4"
Chocolate brown cardstock by Paper Reflections - cut one piece to 4 1/4" x 11" and a second piece to 1 1/4" x 4"
Stamps:
Express It magnetic stamp set from Making Memories
Ink:
Chocolate Chip from Stampin' Up!
Tools:
Magnetic stamp base set from Making Memories
1/8" hole punch
1/8" eyelet setter (I use the Instant Setter from Making Memories, which has exchangeable tips for both punching holes and setting eyelets in three different sizes)
Setting mat
Hammer (optional)
Stylus
Corner rounder punch
Paper trimmer (not pictured)
Big Shot die-cutting machine by Ellison Design (not pictured), or other die-cutter that is compatible with Cuttlebug dies by Provo Craft
Adhesives:
Your favorite paper adhesive (I used double-sided scrapbook tape)
Other:
Small white silk flower (hint: you can buy a bundle of silk flowers at many dollar stores, and then just disassemble them to get the flower off)
4 1/2" of white 7/8" wide sheer wired ribbon by Offray
Silver 1/8" snap (also called flat-topped eyelets) from Making Memories
D'vine Swirl embossing folder for Cuttlebug machine by Provo Craft

Step 2: Emboss

Place the larger piece of mint green cardstock in the embossing folder and run it through your die-cutter machine.

Photo 2 shows the layers of the "sandwich" in order to emboss or cut with the Big Shot (and most other similar machines):
1. Top cutting pad
2. Embossing folder with cardstock
3. Bottom cutting pad
4. Spacer platform
kaeldra6 months ago
I can think of a way to make an edible version of this...white chocolate, mint flavor, green food coloring, and chocolate curls. Melt white chocolate, add in flavor and color, pour into lined cookie sheet and let cool slightly. Add chocolate curls in desired pattern and let set up fully. After set shave off any curls standing higher than the white chocolate base. Carefully remove from cookie sheet, add any additional decorations desired and ta da. Seems like it should work in theory at least... :-)
abnor6 years ago
wait... you cant eat it? you deceived me?! ROAR!
RAWR!!!!! I WANNA NOM MY CARD!!!!!!
I WANT CHOCOLATE! RAWR!!!! YOU DECIEVED ME! RRAAWWRR!!!!!!!! SCENTS ARE STUPID! *rawr shakes the whole city* (ponders ideas for an edible card) I will see if I make an edible card when valentines day contest comes! I shall go to conquer my dream, AWAAAAAY! (takes off)
scents are only stupid if they're on some things. for instance, they aren't stupid when combined with STICKERS!!! SCRATCH AND SNIFF FTW! but really, a cardscent just implies candy inside, and when that turns out to be a lie the only alternative is facepunchination.
God,it's beautiful~~
bujo06 years ago
ya, i thought it was made of real chocolate at first, would have been better that way, but still an excellent card
darkmuskrat6 years ago
yah, its cute but its would have been better if its edible
clamoring6 years ago
Soooo pretty!
karen6087 years ago
i too thought it would be edible card. still very well done. guess i'll have to carve a hunk of chocolate, melt in some green candy melts to it and then give the chocolate card to someone. Boy will that take a lot of time. maybe i'll make the paper version after all.
Yes Mint chocolate chip ice cream is the best, but the card would be even better if you could eat it.
Oh dang- I clicked on this thinking it was a "card" made out of minty chocolate...bummer. Still, it's a nice card. Too bad it's not edible though.
Cat Mother7 years ago
I just wanted to compliment you - this card looks fantastic - you almost make it look like something I could do. I am queen of having all the parts - buying tools and supplies and it never comes out beautiful like you guys can make it. Your directions are clear and to the point, its sooooo good. I am off to make my attempt!
outofthewoods (author)  Cat Mother7 years ago
What a compliment - thank you so much! Clear directions that inspire people to create is my goal! I'd love to see what you make, too. You can post it here or on my blog: Paper Woods. Also, if you want any ideas on how to use specific tools or supplies that you own, feel free to ask!

Thank you!
theRIAA7 years ago
you... can't eat it?
Sure, you can eat it, it just might not taste that great =/

A REAL mint choc. chip card would be the awesomeness!
I was totally thinking the same thing. But i don't see why it's not feasible to make an edible version: heat up some mint green, mint flavoured white chocolate, spiral on (or marble) some dark chocolate. If you started with a thin sheet of chocolate, or made your own in the bottom of a shallw pan, it seems pretty reasonable. You could write on it with coloured chocolate or icing, ice on a little flower or better yet stick on an edible blossom. Delicious potential!
outofthewoods (author)  Robotrix7 years ago
I'm salivating just thinking about it!! I think I need to go buy some chocolate...
Robotrix7 years ago
what a gorgeous card, and a very well built instructable too.
canida7 years ago
Cool! Mint chocolate chip ice cream with maraschino cherries on top is my absolute favorite, so I'd recommend a flower dyed with Red #5. The embossing looks awesome, but I don't have one of the machines. Would you recommend just using a stamp to ink the design, or are the raised features really worth going an extra mile or two?
outofthewoods (author)  canida7 years ago
A red flower is a great idea! I toyed with inking or chalking my white flower, or even just using a pink flower, but liked the way it looked with just the green, brown, and white colors.

I personally love the look, and especially the feel of dry embossing. It adds a lot in my opinion, but this card would absolutely be just as great without it. If you don't have a die-cutter you can use the traditional dry embossing method I describe in my previous reply, but just using a stamped image would look great too. It would take a lot less time to make as well!
LasVegas7 years ago
Very nice Instructable. Is there a way to achieve the embossing effect without the use of the, what appears to be very expensive, die-cutting machine?
outofthewoods (author)  LasVegas7 years ago
Absolutely. You can use the traditional dry embossing technique that uses a brass template, a light source (a light box, or a window on a sunny day), and a stylus. You won't be able to find the exact same swirl pattern in a bass template, but you can get pretty close, like this one which would create a similar feel. Just tape the template to the window or light box, then tape your paper on top of it and run your stylus around the edges of the stencil (which you should be able to see through the paper). This obviously takes a lot more time than using a die-cutting machine to emboss, but it's how I always did it up until I got my die-cutter as a gift this Christmas!