I found an amazing idea on the internet (I think it was on YouTube, I don’t remember), it’s the easiest yet the best DIY ever.
It consists in creating your own scratch-off cards, like lottery cards or cards with a hidden message, that you can scratch off with a coin. I love that idea, you can draw and write anything !
(It would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day card for example, I’ll think about it for next year)
• Here is what you’ll need :
- Acrylic Paint
- Paper for the cards (a bit thicker than usual paper is nice)
- Dishwashing Soap
- Adhesive Plastic Cover/Sheet
- Cute pens and pencils !
1) Cut your cards
Take your paper and scissors, and cut your cards ! Maybe draw them with a set square beforehand, if you want them to be perfectly shaped.
2) Draw on your cards
Now take any pen or pencil you want, and draw your message on your scratch-off cards.
If you’re lazy (no shame in that !) or if you wan a more “professional” finish, you can also print them directly (there are lots and lots of designs on the internet).
3) Cut a piece of the adhesive plastic
Cut a piece of the adhesive plastic (you can find some here on Amazon) so it fits your cards size. If you don’t want to trouble yourself with making it fit perfectly, cut it a bit too big, so you can just cut the excess later ✂️
4) Place the plastic on the cards
Start by sticking it on the edge of the card, and then little by little you stick it. Be sure it follows the shape of the card (unless you cut it bigger on the previous step, if you did it that way just place it and cut the excess plastic following the cards shape).
Then, with your fingers or a tea/dish towel, strongly rub the card to make eventually trapped air go away.
5) Prepare the paint
Put a bit of paint on a small plate, and add one to three drops of dish washing soap. Mix it up with a paint brush. I used colored paint, but to make it more like a real scratching ticket you can use some Metallic Acrylic paint !
6) Paint your cards !
With the paint/soap mixture, paint the message you want to hide on your scratch-off cards ! It’s a bit difficult to draw a shape actually, bu the good thing with plastic is that you can erase some paint as long as it’s still wet, so you can correct the shape a bit.
And now, all there is left is to scratch !
I did one of those scratch-off cards for Victor’s Birthday to “announce” his present, and I put it in an enveloppe and added some stickers to decorate it, those are from my Colorful Stationery Haul Post !
What did you think of this DIY ?
I hope I was able to explain the steps as clearly as possible.
Ask me anything if you need to !