To take your scratch-off cards to the next level, try following our tutorial below to create scratch-off Polaroids. It will fool your recipient into thinking you gave them an unexposed photo -- that is, until they read the message and scratch away. A perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, this photo trick will surely leave an impression with the one you love. Here's a short video explaining all the steps - you can also follow our step-by-step instructions listed in this post.
Step 1: Collect Your Materials
A Polaroid camera and film OR
A 3″x3″ photo print
Black acrylic paint
Paper plate (or surface for mixing paint)
Piece of paper
Step 2: TAKE a PHOTO
The easiest way to get a Polaroid photo is to shoot one! (Psst, you can find Polaroid cameras here. Or if you need film, Impossible Project makes some!)
If you don’t have access to a Polaroid camera, you can always make a faux Polaroid by cutting out a 3″x3″ photo print and crafting a card stock border. A Polaroid print is 3 1/2″ x 4 1/4″, so cut the border out to be that size and paste your print on top.
A short cut to that is using a Polaroid Postcard to frame your photo print.
Step 3: MIX PAINT AND DISH SOAP
We used black paint, but you can use any color (red the color of loooove, mayhaps?).
Step 4: TAPE EDGES
Use the same tape to stick your Polaroid down to a sheet of paper. This will be your paint surface.
Step 5: PAINT
Use a similar stroke (sideways or up and down) throughout so that your paint dries better. Once dry (about an hour), paint a second coat to completely conceal your photo.
Step 6: REMOVE TAPE
Step 7: PREPARE TO GIVE
Seal it in an envelope (and/or with a kiss) and get ready to surprise your Valentine!