Introduction: How to Make a Scratch-off Valentine

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I saw this here ( on Pintrest.  Yes, this was the Valentine I was looking for. When My Hubby and I got married, money was tight (worse than it is now), we came to an agreement that we would only make and give cards for Valentines, Anniversaries, etc.  My Hubby will love it and it would take him all day to work through it (he works 10 hour days), so his Valentine would last all day.  And since I have learned to make an Instructable of everything I create, you get to enjoy the process I went through to create it. So here we go.

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White card stock (will be cut down to 5”x7”)
Computer with desk top program
Red card stock (5 ½” x 7 ½”, choose your own color or design of paper)
Blue card stock (6”x8” choose your own color or design of paper)
Adhesive (I used my ATG 714- double stick adhesive, if you have glue use glue)
Heart shaped corner punch (I already had it so I used it)
Clear contact paper (really clear vinyl, just a small piece)
Silver or Gold metallic paint
Dishwashing soap (whatever you have)
Paint brush
Pen or pencil

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First go to your computer and with the Desk Top program you are most familiar with, create the basis of your Valentine.  I use Print Shop 22.  I first, using a text box, created the Title: 10 Things I Love About You.  Using another text box, I wrote out the instructions, using fonts and colors as my little heart desired.  I created them as postcards with 2 to a page. Then using the art section and the shape subsection, I made a red hollow heart.  When I got it the size and shape I wanted. I copy and pasted 9 more so that I would have 10 evenly spaced hearts.

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Next you need to think of 10 things you love about the person this card is for.  You can print the things into center of each heart, using more text boxes, or you could write them by hand. Print off your card on to the white card stock (I printed off two for demo purposes).

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Cut off a small piece of the clear vinyl.  I placed the vinyl, paper side up, over the hearts on the card.  I found that you could see the hearts through the paper. 

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I then traced the hearts onto the paper back of the vinyl.

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Next I turned it vinyl side up.  On a foam plate I mixed 1 part dish washer liquid to 2 parts metallic paint (just eyeball it).  Mix it together with the paint brush and then

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paint a coat of the new paint over the clear vinyl.  Let it dry for at least one hour. 

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Paint a second coat.  Let it completely dry.

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While the paint was drying, I took out my heart corner punch and punched each of the four corners of the red cardstock.  (Now don’t go running out to get a punch like this.  I literally used stuff I had tucked in my craft cupboard.  If you don’t have a corner punch and you don’t have anyone to borrow one from, skip this part, you loved one won’t even know it is missing.) 

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I tucked the card into the corners (or you can just glue it on to this 5 ½” x 7 ½” paper) with a ¼ inch boarder all the way around the white card.

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I then added adhesive to the back of the red

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and glued it to the front of the blue paper.  Again I had a ¼ inch blue boarder all the way around the red.

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Once the paint is dry on the vinyl, cut out the hearts,

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and peel off the paper backing.  Stick the sticky side over the writing in the center of the heart. 

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It is better to cut a little bit on the outside of the hearts you drew.  It helps fill the hearts better.

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I did two cards so that I can show you that you can use a coin, and scratch the paint off the heart revealing what it says underneath.  It works.  Way COOL! 

On Monday night, once my Hubby is in bed, I will go and put the other card on the steering wheel of his truck.  I will have steak and potatoes ready from him when he comes home from work.  Yes, this will work.


briannam35 (author)2017-08-17

just use cardboard and the paint software on your computer it is easy to do

lizz127 made it! (author)2016-08-24

I love this idea but this was a disaster for me! I found heart shaped
scratch off stickers at My Scratch Offs LLC. They
are amazing and so cute. Plus the part where I don't have a mess to deal
with! :)

craftknowitall (author)lizz1272016-08-25

Congratulation on finding a solution to your challenge. Thanks for sharing.

llamacorn505 (author)2016-02-14

Do I have to use acrylic paint? or can I use regular paint that comes with a kids arts and crafts toy like this one

Those are acrylic paints. Yes, they should work! Thanks for asking.

SpearJanis (author)2016-01-27

I have been looking for something exactly like this. Thanks so much for sharing :)

MichaelL230 made it! (author)2016-01-17

I used this method to create a fake lottery ticket scratch-off for my nephew who's old enough to just want money.

Since then, I've created a business around it using an online redemption system using PayPal. If you want to gift someone money, you can order my pre-made cards here:

Kuntakinta (author)2015-11-30

can you use plain paint instead of metallic paint?

Yes, any acrylic paint will do.

iamsandaman (author)2015-02-25

this is reallly so much...

If it is a water based acrylic paint it should be just fine. Thanks for asking.

LD_P made it! (author)2014-09-15

I used this same painting method to make this scratch-off globe! Thanks for the great idea and inspiration!

craftknowitall (author)LD_P2014-09-19

Wow! That was a lot of work. Congratulations on a job well done.

DE4D POOL (author)2014-02-22

You are an evil genious

Wynd (author)2013-02-12

Great idea! :)

md4v3 (author)2013-01-28

Aaaw cant help to notice the 10 things you love about your husband. It's so damn sweet. And I love this project too! Will make one for V day. Thanks for the instructables!

megantea (author)2012-06-11

Does anyone else have trouble painting on the contact paper? Every time I try to paint a second layer of paint, it rubs off the first layer. I'm using acrylic paint, should I use something else?

craftknowitall (author)megantea2012-06-11

You need to add liquid dish soap to the paint to help it stick. Thanks for looking.

khaniloveu (author)2012-03-23

hi, this is really superb idea, shud i use only a clear vinyl paper or shall i use a dotted vinyl paper, im planning to make this card for my hubbys birthday, but really dont know wat to fill up... any suggestions pls mail me...

MrGreenFingers (author)2012-02-15

Lovely 'Ible :) Thanks!

You're welcome.

ashbegash (author)2012-02-13

I love love love this! Such a great idea!!
Thanks <3

craftknowitall (author)ashbegash2012-02-14

Glad you liked it!

TheREAL_Xman (author)2012-02-14

This instructable had great instuctions and made a great gift. I used purple paint instead of metallic, and it worked fine. I used wax paper instead of vinyl, and it worked decently, not quite as scratch-off as lotto tickets but still scratchable.

Today I discovered that the local dollar store had the clear contact paper. Wow, keep that in mind for next time. My Hubby loved it! Hope your sweetheart did to. Thanks for looking and commenting.

techshop1 (author)2012-02-13

Totally awesome idea! Great instructions, Thanks!

craftknowitall (author)techshop12012-02-13

Your welcome!

shenkerism (author)2012-02-12

I used a Hot Pink Acrylic paint, and did have to do two layers, but non-metallic paints do work. Also, on a side note, if you don't have any clear vinyl sheets, or you can't find any, matte tape works just as well. It limits the size a little, and it's difficult to get on there BUT it works too.

shenkerism (author)2012-02-12

This is incredible. He will surely love it, and you!

Thank you! He tells me he loves me every day!

rvr-gal (author)2012-02-11

Thank you for this terrific idea! I am planning a party in the future and plan to incorporate this idea (party favor?!)

craftknowitall (author)rvr-gal2012-02-12

Your welcome!

Nowsthetime (author)2012-02-10

Do you have to use a metallic paint or can it be any kind of paint?

I think metallic is needed so that you can't read through it. If you want to use another color, you could try and do more than just 2 coats and use a dark color. Thanks for looking and asking.

Thanks, I'll give it a try in a couple of days.

CatTrampoline (author)2012-02-10

This is a very nice, thoughtful, and romantic card. It will mean much more than any store-bought card. It gets my vote.

Thank you, I'm glad you like it.

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