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Tutorial: Scratch-Off Valentines (with free printable)

29 January 2013 7,372 views 5 Comments

by morena

Make Your Own Scratch Off Cards - with Free Printable!

Scratch off cards are fun.  It doesn't matter if you're a kid or a grown up, there's something about revealing a hidden message that feels like a teeny treasure hunt.  I've always enjoyed making scratch paper with my kids, and I shared that tutorial here.  It's been so popular that I thought I'd adapt the idea for Valentine's Day.  What kid (or grown up) wouldn't love to receive a handmade scratch off Valentine card?  I'm sharing my free printable with you, but you could easily make your own, too.

Valentine Scratch Cards

Project estimate:

  • Valentine joke printable, free (download it here)
  • Cardstock, on hand
  • Clear Address Labels or tape, on hand
  • Washable Paint, on hand
  • Dish Soap, on hand

Total: FREE

Scratch Card Supplies
To make your own scratch off Valentine Cards:

Step one:  Print out the Valentine Joke Printable, found here.  Cut out the cards and (optional) mat with card stock.

joke 3

Step two:  Place the clear address label over the joke's punchline.

Step three:  Mix your tempera paint with the dish soap.  I used 1/3 cup of paint and 1 teaspoon of soap.  Paint on the clear label to cover the message.

Scratch Card Tutorial

Once it's dried you can address and sign the card on the bottom or on the back.

This would be a fun project to make with your kids.  If you don't have kids, you could always make a more "grown up" version to give that special someone.  Have fun crafting and creating!

Close up view Scratch card


DIY Valentine Scratch Cards

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  • Jessica said:

    What a fun idea! I will definitely be using this paint recipe for various projects and cards.


  • Ashley said:

    I need to try this! So cool thanks for sharing!

  • ChiWei said:

    Cute! I love me some corny jokes :-)

  • Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects said:

    These are adorable – and you are right, who doesn’t love a scratch-off??

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