Valentine "Fall in...Chocolate"

By  Linda Hollander 

  • Valentine "Fall in...Chocolate"
  • Fig. 1
  • Fig. 2
  • Fig. 3


  • Tabletop Gallery “Mistro” brown mug (14 oz.) and luncheon plate (8”) from Bed, Bath & Beyond or comparable microwave safe mug and plate of choice. (Note: small mug will work fine as well for baking cake.)
  • Large Two Heart Laser Tag (#100257) from Cabin Crafters
  • Plaid FolkArt Gloss Enamels: Baby Pink, Berry Wine, Butler Magenta, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Coffee Bean, Periwinkle, Pure Gold, Sunflower, Warm White, Wicker White
  • Royal & Langnickel Aqualon brushes: Shader, Series R2150, #4, #8, #12; Angular, Series R2160, 1/4”; Round, Series 2250, #1; Liner, Series R2595, #10/0


  • Plaid FolkArt: Enamels Clear Medium (#4035); Gesso
  • Black micron-pen, .01
  • Cardstock: brown, bright pink
  • Bright pink satin ribbon, 1/8”-wide
  • Cellophane bag
  • Glue stick

Basic Supplies

  • optional: deckle-edge decorative scissors; small whisk; brown shredded crinkle paper

Pattern - Valentine "Fall in...Chocolate"

  • Preparation
  • 1. Remove stickers from mug and plate. Wipe design areas on mug and plate with rubbing alcohol; avoid touching areas to prevent transferring skin oils. Print out patterns; transfer basic pattern lines onto mug omitting frosting detailing and wrapper detailing at this time. (Transfer details as needed.)
  • 2. Prime tag with gesso. Sand lightly; wipe dust. Base Butler Magenta. Transfer pattern.
  • Artist's Tips
  • 1. FolkArt Enamels are thick opaque paints that provide very good coverage on glass and ceramic surfaces. They can also be used on wood and other porous surfaces. They dry to a beautiful satin sheen that needs no varnish or topcoat.
  • 2. Use dry or damp brushes; glass paint should not be thinned with water. Use Clear Medium whenever possible to float or thin paint for washes and line-work.
  • 3. Allow first coat to dry thoroughly before applying additional coats to avoid lifting, or force dry with blow dryer between steps. When applying multiple coats, floats, and detail over based areas, use as few strokes as possible to avoid paint from lifting.
  • 4. Remove mistakes with rubbing alcohol and cotton swab or paper towel. Use end of brush handle to gently scratch off unwanted dried paint.
  • Cupcakes
  • 1. Using pattern as reference, use #8 shader and Warm White to base frosting on cupcakes #1 and #3. Repeat for opaque coverage. Use liner and generous amount of Wicker White to add frosting detailing to each cupcake.

  • 2. For cupcake #2, use Warm White and appropriate size shaders and round brush to base light frosting swirls; base dark frosting swirls Burnt Sienna. Use angular and mix of Sunflower + tch. of Burnt Sienna to shade along right and left edges of light frosting swirls. Use Burnt Umber to shade along right and left edges of dark frosting swirls. Add Periwinkle highlights on outer edges of dark frosting swirls.

  • 3. Use #4 shader and mix of Berry Wine + Butler Magenta (1:1) to base cherries; use 1/4" angular to shade Berry Wine and Butler Magenta to highlight. Use liner brush to add small Baby Pink comma stroke highlight shines. Paint stem Berry Wine. Use Butler Magenta to highlight stem and to line stem hollows.

  • 4. Use #4 shader and Burnt Umber to base cake area (under frosting) on each cupcake. Use Burnt Sienna to highlight center area keeping edges of cake dark. Use #4 shader to highlight Periwinkle on outer edges of cake area.
  • 5. Use Butler Magenta to base cupcake wrappers: use round brush to base top ruffled edge and #8 shader for remaining area. (Note: Work quickly and keep a wet edge while basecoating for a smooth finished look.) Repeat for opaque coverage. Use round brush and mix of Berry Wine + Butler Magenta (1:1) to dry brush indented wrapper ridges; dry brush Baby Pink highlights on high parts of ridges. Load #12 shader with Clear Medium; side-load brush with a touch of Berry Wine then float sheer shading along left and right edges of wrappers. Use liner and a touch of Baby Pink to highlight along top edge.
  • Hearts
  • 1. Using photo as guide, paint hearts randomly on mug and in a tri-group on corners of plate; use liner brush, Pure Gold, Butler Magenta, Baby Pink, and Warm White to paint one half of heart in one color and the other half in another.
  • Checks
  • 1. Double-load #12 shader with Butler Magenta and Berry Wine to paint checks on plate. Repeat two to three times for opaque coverage.
  • Tag
  • 1. Base chocolate drippings Coffee Bean; use 1/4" angular to shade Burnt Umber along bottom edges and use a small amount of Sunflower to highlight using photo as guide. Use liner and Warm White to add reflected highlight lines here and there. Use 1/4" angular to shade Berry Wine on tag under chocolate drippings, and along outer edges of tag and heart cutouts.
  • 2. Use liner and Warm White to paint thick areas of lettering; let dry. Use micron-pen to finish lettering. For checks, double-load #4 shader with Warm White and Sunflower. Use micron-pen to add detailing above and below checks.
  • Finishing
  • 1. No varnish is needed for tag. Use rubbing alcohol on cotton swab to carefully remove fingerprints and smudges from mug and plate. Allow mug and plate to air-cure 21 days or bake in oven for added durability. To bake, allow painted project to dry one hour. Place in cold oven, then set temperature at 350° and bake for 30 minutes. Allow project to cool in oven before removing.
  • 2. To clean painted glassware, never soak or scrub; quickly wash in warm soapy water with soft cloth and pat dry.
  • Chocolate Cake in a Mug
  • 1. Use computer and printer to print instructions* on pink card stock; use deckled edge scissors to trim to 2-1/4"x3-3/8" rectangle. Mat onto a 2-5/8"x3-3/4" brown cardstock rectangle.
  • *For single serving
  • 1. Type the following recipe on pink card stock:
  • 2. Add pouch of dry ingredients to mug. Mix in 1 egg, 3 Tbsp. milk, 3 Tbsp. oil, and a splash of vanilla. Add 3 Tbsp. of chocolate chips if desired. Microwave (1000 watts) for 3 min. (Note: Cake will rise over top of mug, but don't be alarmed!) Cool a bit and tip onto plate. Enjoy!
  • *For multiple servings
  • 1. Type the following recipe:
  • 2. Add 10 Tbsp. of mix to mug. Mix in 1 egg, 3 Tbsp. milk, 3 Tbsp. oil, and a splash of vanilla. Add 3 Tbsp. of chocolate chips if desired. Microwave (1000 watts) for 3 min. (Note: Cake will rise over top of mug, but don't be alarmed!) Cool a bit and tip onto plate. Enjoy!
  • 3. Fill cellophane bags with single or multiple serving dry recipe ingredients (Note: For multiple servings, triple or quadruple dry ingredients.) Tie ribbon in a bow above ingredients; attach recipe, tag, and whisk. Fill mug with crinkle paper and place individual serving on top of mug.
  • 5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake for One
  • 1. And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world?? Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!?
  • 2. All you need is a large microwave safe coffee mug and the following:
  • Dry Ingredients
  • 1. 4 Tbsp. flour
  • 2. 4 Tbsp. sugar
  • 3. 2 Tbsp. cocoa
  • Wet Ingredients
  • 1. 1 egg
  • 2. 3 Tbsp. milk
  • 3. 3 Tbsp. oil
  • 4. Splash vanilla extract
  • Optional
  • 1. 3 Tbsp. chocolate chips