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I saw this here (http://www.oopseydaisyblog.com/2012/02/scratch-off-card-easy-peasy-valentine.html) 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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Supplies:
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
Scissors
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.
LD_P made it!4 days ago

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

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craftknowitall (author)  LD_Pyesterday

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

Neat idea! Shall try this! :D

DE4D POOL6 months ago
You are an evil genious
Wynd1 year ago
Great idea! :)
md4v31 year ago
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!
megantea2 years ago
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)  megantea2 years ago
You need to add liquid dish soap to the paint to help it stick. Thanks for looking.
khaniloveu2 years ago
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...
Lovely 'Ible :) Thanks!
craftknowitall (author)  MrGreenFingers2 years ago
You're welcome.
ashbegash2 years ago
I love love love this! Such a great idea!!
Thanks <3
craftknowitall (author)  ashbegash2 years ago
Glad you liked it!
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.
craftknowitall (author)  TheREAL_Xman2 years ago
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.
techshop12 years ago
Totally awesome idea! Great instructions, Thanks!
craftknowitall (author)  techshop12 years ago
Your welcome!
shenkerism2 years ago
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.
shenkerism2 years ago
This is incredible. He will surely love it, and you!
craftknowitall (author)  shenkerism2 years ago
Thank you! He tells me he loves me every day!
rvr-gal2 years ago
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-gal2 years ago
Your welcome!
Nowsthetime2 years ago
Do you have to use a metallic paint or can it be any kind of paint?
craftknowitall (author)  Nowsthetime2 years ago
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.
This is a very nice, thoughtful, and romantic card. It will mean much more than any store-bought card. It gets my vote.

craftknowitall (author)  CatTrampoline2 years ago
Thank you, I'm glad you like it.