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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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Step 1:

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.
iamsandaman5 months ago
this is reallly great...wow...thanks so much...
nikita.wood6 months ago
craftknowitall (author)  nikita.wood6 months ago
If it is a water based acrylic paint it should be just fine. Thanks for asking.
LD_P made it!10 months ago

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

craftknowitall (author)  LD_P10 months ago

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

DE4D POOL1 year ago
You are an evil genious
Wynd2 years ago
Great idea! :)
md4v32 years 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!
megantea3 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)  megantea3 years ago
You need to add liquid dish soap to the paint to help it stick. Thanks for looking.
khaniloveu3 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)  MrGreenFingers3 years ago
You're welcome.
ashbegash3 years ago
I love love love this! Such a great idea!!
Thanks <3
craftknowitall (author)  ashbegash3 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_Xman3 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.
techshop13 years ago
Totally awesome idea! Great instructions, Thanks!
craftknowitall (author)  techshop13 years ago
Your welcome!
shenkerism3 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.
shenkerism3 years ago
This is incredible. He will surely love it, and you!
craftknowitall (author)  shenkerism3 years ago
Thank you! He tells me he loves me every day!
rvr-gal3 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-gal3 years ago
Your welcome!
Nowsthetime3 years ago
Do you have to use a metallic paint or can it be any kind of paint?
craftknowitall (author)  Nowsthetime3 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)  CatTrampoline3 years ago
Thank you, I'm glad you like it.