Saturday, February 11, 2012

A Chocolate Bouquet

Give your sweetheart a dozen chocolate hearts for Valentine's Day. Keep your colors in the brown family for a rich chocolate look. Here's how to make it:

variety of brown cardstock
MSRS Mini Heart stamp
MSRS Orient Express embossing powder (or similar brown)
Versamark pigment inkpad (or any pigment pad you have)
MSRS Mini Heart die cutter (optional)
any embossing folders you like
Cuttlebug embossing machine (or whatever one you have will work too)
paper cutter
heat tool
Viva-Decor Pearl Pen (dark brown)
foam mounting tape

Make a folded card measuring 5'X7" from your darkest brown cardstock. Line the inside with a pale brown cardstock for writing a sweet message.
Emboss a 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" piece of dark brown cardstock using your favorite embossing folder pattern and an embossing machine.
Tap the surface of the embossed piece all over with the pigment inkpad. Sprinkle with Orient Express embossing powder and heat. Layer the embossed piece onto a lighter color frame measuring 4 3/4" X 3 3/4". Apply foam mounting tape to the back and attach to the folded 5" x 7" card.
Stamp and emboss some Mini Hearts onto dark cardstock using the Orient Express embossing powder. Cut them out with scissors or use the MSRS Mini Heart die cutter. Use other brown colors to make additional hearts.
Using your paper cutter, make a 5 1/2" x 1/8" "stem" for each heart. Tape the stems to the back of each heart.
Gather the hearts into a bouquet and tape them together just below the lowest heart in the bunch. Tie ribbon around the bouquet to hide the tape. Add foam mounting tape to the back of each heart and place the bouquet over the embossed background piece on the front of your folded card.
Happy Valentines Day - Enjoy!
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Shelly Schmidt said...

Oh dear- this is amazing!!! Gorgeous! Happy Valentine Day to you!!!

Kathie McGuire said...

Wow, Mike. All that chocolate--calorie free! What a beautiful, shimmery adaptation of the real thing. The different textures you created and the varying chocolate colors are really ingenious in making it look so real. I really love this card!! Happy Valentine's Day to you.

Capescrapper said...

WOW, gorgeous!!

Hetty said...

Mmmmm....YUMMY! This card is a delicious beauty, Mike!
My mouth is watering.

ModernaDesignsArt said...

Mike, what a super yummy card! I'll have to try it, it seems very tempting.
Happy Valentine's Day to you and to Carla!
Dorly Weitzen, Israel

Julie Holmes said...

This is really beautiful. I love the textures and dimension of it.

Lynn said...

Absolutely delicious !!

Happy Valentine's Day to you and Carla .

CraftyJo said...

Gorgeous, does look good enough to eat :)

Reva said...

Chocolate Bouquet is yummy and sweet, but Blowing Kisses is sweetest of all.
Happy Valentines Day to all your family. Reva

Anonymous said...

WOW love this card Mike!! Thanks for sharing how to make it.

Meredith said...

This is stunning Mike - and brown wasn't one of my favourite colours, before! :-)
...and I love Lilly blowing a kiss!

Karen W said...

Wow just beautiful, what a neat idea!!!

Daria said...

I took one look at this, and I had a strong urge to get my purse and head out to See's Candy!

Beautiful card.

bonnie32002 said...

What a lovely bouquet! I am sure it is even prettier in real life!

Karenajo said...

Truly stunning card - thanks for sharing (and also for the cute pictures of Lillian)


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Diana Enns said...

Beautiful - and I agree - all that chocolate and no calories - who can go wrong??