Thursday, January 17, 2013

DIY Valentines - Scratch Off Valentine Cards

Kids love to scratch off cards to reveal a special message or prize. Why not make a valentine that can do the same? I made a couple to share with you.

 Rockstar Valentine

The first one uses Raisin Boat stamp set, "Rockstar." There is a hidden message underneath the paint in the large drum just waiting to be revealed!

Scratch off the paint to reveal the message, "Let's hang out together." Here's the card with the message revealed. For a complete list of products used for this card, visit our Idea Gallery at


Next, I turned to a scratch-off, game card valentine idea....

Three of a Kind Valentine

I thought it would be fun to make a game out of it.  How about a "find three-of-a-kind" game? You could also do a three-in-a-row game, too. Here's one I made using Raisin Boat stamp set, "Hitting and Kicking." I thought this would be cute for boys - no hearts on this one! As you can see the soccer balls are the three of a kind for a win, but you could do more than that to increase the chances of winning! I simply stamped designs in each square on this grid system. now to the paint part.I admit that this was kind of a learning session for me. Years ago a friend of mine gave me a recipe to make the scratch off "paint."The paint recipe is:

Scratch-Off Paint Recipe
  • 1T dish soap
  • 2T acrylic paint. Silver paint makes it look more authentic.
Unfortunately, I found my bottle of silver acrylic paint dried up when I went to use it today so I used a silver paint pen instead. Here's the one I used. It worked well and it did not require any mixing.

The key to doing this is that you have to cover the surface below with some type of clear plastic. I used clear shipping tape. It worked great and is something you tend to have at home. Here's the steps to follow:

  • Stamp the message or design on the card 
  • Apply the clear plastic on the top of the item to conceal.
  •  Apply paint to the top. Cover all of the plastic tape.
  • Give the paint some time to dry. Since it sits on the top of the tape and cannot seep into the cardstock, it will take more time to dry. 

One of the lessons I learned is that it's hard to brush the paint on and still keep it neat looking. I could also see my shipping tape edges through it since I painted beyond the imperfect tape pieces.  Here's what my card looked like on my first attempt. It was not so pretty!

I found that it worked better to stamp and punch out the designs on a separate sheet (using a circle or square punch), apply the tape to the full front of the punched out pieces (to avoid any tape edges/seams) and then paint them. Once they were dry I attached them to the card front. This definitely takes more time, but looks much cleaner. Here's what my card looked like after following the steps above. It's a much cleaner looking card.

Game Card Template

I have a template already for you to use in case you want to give the game card idea a try. There are four cards on the sheet. Simply download and print the Scratch-Off Game Card PDF on BoatHouse Collection(TM) Brighton Beach White cardstock. Cut each one out at 4" and 8" from the top left corner on the short side and then cut at 5.25" and 10.5" from the top left on the long side to make 4 cards that are 4" X 5.25" in size. You can add a border of color by matting them and they will still fit in a regular invitation size envelope.  I added two borders on mine so I cut my cards down a bit smaller.

These are pretty fun to do.  My kids saw them and thought it was cool that I could make scratch-off cards. Give them a try and see what you can come up with.

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Smiles, Bobbi


  1. Wow! What fun! Love the idea of it all... :)

  2. This looks like fun! I can't wait to try it! :)

  3. My teenage son is a drummer, so the drum set scratch off card would be a great card for him. :)