Introduction: Mint Chocolate Chip Valentine Card

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.

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

Step 3: Ink Embossed Piece

Rub the surface of the Chocolate Chip ink pad over the embossed areas. If you want to apply the ink more precisely you can use a cotton swab or even your finger, but I like to leave it looking a bit uneven and "vintage."

Step 4: Round Corners

Using the punch, round the corners of the embossed piece.

Step 5: Stamp Sentiment

Position the "True Love" phrase from the stamp set onto the end of the magnetic base. This will make it easier to line it up when you stamp it. Ink with Chocolate Chip ink and stamp onto the strip of green cardstock three times.

Step 6: Ink Edges of Sentiment Piece

Hold the ink pad in one hand and rub the edges of the sentiment piece against it. (This is called direct-to-paper inking)

Step 7: Adhere

Adhere the sentiment piece to the center of the ribbon and the strip of brown cardstock.

Step 8: Punch Hole

If you are using the Making Memories Instant Setter insert the 1/8" hole punch tip into the setter. Position the flower on the sentiment piece and punch a hole through all layers - flower, green cardstock, ribbon, and brown cardstock.

Step 9: Set Snap

Insert the snap into the hole you just punched, and then flip the entire piece over so that the open back of the snap is exposed. Change the tip in your Instant Setter to the 1/8" eyelet setting tip. Punch the eyelet setter onto the open back of the snap to set it. After you have set it, you might wish to flatten it a little more by tapping it lightly with a hammer, but this isn't necessary.

Step 10: Adhere to Card Front

Adhere the sentiment piece with the flower to the embossed piece. Flip it over and adhere the ends of the ribbon to the back of the embossed piece.

Step 11: Make Card Base

Score and fold the large piece of brown cardstock across the short dimension in the middle, at 5 1/2". I like to score by placing the cardstock on my paper trimmer, and using the groove to guide my stylus. This does not work with guillotine style paper trimmers (the kind with an arm that you raise and lower).

Step 12: Adhere Card to Base

Adhere the entire card front piece to the base, with the fold at the top. You're done!

Note: because the base of this card is made with brown cardstock, you'll need to either write in it with a light colored pen, or adhere a piece of light colored cardstock to the inside to write on.

Comments

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tricia.gorsegner (author)2014-11-03

I know I am years and years late, but I love this!! What mint cardstock did you use I have been searching for that color everywhere!! Let me know thanks!!

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kaeldra (author)2014-01-30

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... :-)

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abnor (author)2008-06-23

wait... you cant eat it? you deceived me?! ROAR!

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codongolev (author)abnor2009-02-16

RAWR!!!!! I WANNA NOM MY CARD!!!!!!

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CrayfishYAY (author)codongolev2010-07-23

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)

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codongolev (author)CrayfishYAY2010-07-24

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.

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sunshine.make (author)2008-09-25

God,it's beautiful~~

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bujo0 (author)2008-02-12

ya, i thought it was made of real chocolate at first, would have been better that way, but still an excellent card

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darkmuskrat (author)2008-02-12

yah, its cute but its would have been better if its edible

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clamoring (author)2008-02-12

Soooo pretty!

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karen608 (author)2007-07-22

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.

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chatterbox14730 (author)2007-07-08

Yes Mint chocolate chip ice cream is the best, but the card would be even better if you could eat it.

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yourmominavolvo (author)2007-06-21

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.

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Cat Mother (author)2007-02-09

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!

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outofthewoods (author)Cat Mother2007-02-12

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!

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theRIAA (author)2007-01-26

you... can't eat it?

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T3h_Muffinator (author)theRIAA2007-01-27

Sure, you can eat it, it just might not taste that great =/

A REAL mint choc. chip card would be the awesomeness!

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Robotrix (author)theRIAA2007-01-27

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!

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outofthewoods (author)Robotrix2007-01-27

I'm salivating just thinking about it!! I think I need to go buy some chocolate...

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Robotrix (author)2007-01-27

what a gorgeous card, and a very well built instructable too.

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canida (author)2007-01-26

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?

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outofthewoods (author)canida2007-01-26

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!

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LasVegas (author)2007-01-26

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?

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outofthewoods (author)LasVegas2007-01-26

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!