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Make Your Own Scratch-off Card!


Hi All,

A quick announcement: Ellen Hutson is having 15% of all in-stock merchandise today through Friday! Use code beattheheat at checkout.

Something fun and different for today. An easy DIY scratch off card! All you need is some silver acrylic paint and some dishwashing liquid.

I thought it would be fun to hide the Three Amigo messages and let the card recipient scratch off to reveal them. Some other ideas… you could hide a banner held by cute animals, you could hide messages under balloons, or you could hide the label of a coffee cup. There are lots of creative possibilities.

I used silver acrylic paint that I purchased from Dick Blick a long time ago for canvas painting. If you don’t have silver paint, you could buy a small tube at your local craft store. You could also try using silver distress paint, but I’m not sure if the water properties of this product would affect the results of the scratch-off.

Not sure you want to spend the time creating your own? You can actually buy scratch-off stickers to use on your cards. Inky Antics makes rectangular and circular stickers.

Here is a close-up of the scratch-off:


I included a shiny penny with the card for convenience. My kids LOVED this card. I gave it to Alaina, my 15 year old. Here is the card post-scratched:






To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
ZIG watercolor markers used: Light Brown, Light Gray, Oatmeal, Medium Brown, and Black

Three Amigos
Three Amigos
Kuretake Zig Markers
Kuretake Zig Markers
Stampin' Up! Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
Tumbled Glass
Ranger Black Archival Ink
Ranger Black Archival Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Palette Knife
Palette Knife
Sponge Daubers
Sponge Daubers
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on June 15th, 2016 at 5:57 am


    I love it! I don’t have the Mama Elephant stamp set but the Stampin Up Cheerful Critters (retired) stamp set will work perfectly too. What a clever card, Darlene!!!

  2. wrote on June 15th, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Claudia Henderson

    I love the scratch of idea. This is so easy to make and apply, I have to try it myself. Thanks for the great inspiration Darlene…Love all your videos 🙂

  3. wrote on June 15th, 2016 at 11:31 am


    How cute of an idea! Who would have thought it would be so simple to do. I can’t wait to try this out! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. wrote on June 15th, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Laura Norris

    Love this! I’m sure your kids loved it, who wouldn’t? Great idea as always Darlene!

  5. wrote on June 15th, 2016 at 1:52 pm


    Cute card and fun technique! Thanks for the idea!

  6. wrote on June 15th, 2016 at 2:02 pm


    I love this idea! Thank you for the great instructons!

  7. wrote on June 15th, 2016 at 2:09 pm


    Soooooo cute! I’ve been tempted by that set before , but now I’m ordering!

  8. wrote on June 15th, 2016 at 5:18 pm


    WOW!! That video was so interesting and guess what, I have the stamp set!!! A bit nervous about getting the sticky tape on exact but I will give it a go. Thanks once again Darlene.

  9. wrote on June 15th, 2016 at 5:44 pm


    This reminds me of a project I did in school when I was a kid. We colored a piece of paper with very bold, heavy crayon layers, then painted over it with a black tempera paint/dish soap mix. Basically made our own scratchboard pieces. Then we just used a tool (I forget what exactly) to scratch through the paint layer and reveal the colors underneath. I love this idea, and your card. Lots of possibilities. Thank you! ~ Andrea

    • wrote on June 16th, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      Barb H.

      Oh my, Andrea, did you bring back a memory! I did the same project in grade school. The teacher affixed pins to the eraser side of our pencils to use to scratch off our design. I still have mine from 1st grade.

  10. wrote on June 15th, 2016 at 5:46 pm


    That is adorable, and so clever!

  11. wrote on June 15th, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Carol Mac

    OMG how cute is this card! I did this last year, but used some sort of paper from Michael’s and then painted over it, but this seems simpler with the same result! I have to go find my acrylic paints and do this again! Love the penny too…great idea! ?

  12. wrote on June 15th, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    mary w

    I buy Papertrey Ink stamps and dies each month – addicted and love how the designers show many options for their use. This helps me so much. I also buy regularly from Simon Says Stamp and Ellen Hudson and buy less often from all the others. I like their stamps and service and own many from each but spend most of my available funds at PTI first. I have a ton from Stampin Up but never use them I think due to the wood block. I should remove it and add foam. I just love red rubber stamps!

  13. wrote on June 15th, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    mary w

    Your card is adorable and now that I see how easy it is to make the scratch off paint, I’ll be making more of them. They are just so fun. Thanks so much for the information.

  14. wrote on June 15th, 2016 at 9:49 pm


    Love this cute interactive card, Darlene! Does it need silver acrylic paint or would any color acrylic work?

    • wrote on June 18th, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Sally! Any color will work.

      • wrote on June 18th, 2016 at 12:07 pm


        Thanks, Darlene! Seems like I have every acrylic color except silver. This will be fun!

  15. wrote on June 16th, 2016 at 12:30 am


    Really cute. Would I have your patience? Hhhmmmm. I hope so because I want to try this. Also, I never noticed this till now but looks like the Cansen paper also works very well with the Zigs! I thought The only paper that worked well was the Strathmore Bristol smooth Good to know!!

  16. wrote on June 16th, 2016 at 10:36 am


    Love this!! Three Amigos is on back order, of course…lol. I tried the Tim Holtz silver distress paint on packer’s tape, and it seemed to work! I only did one coat, but I’m sure I could’ve done more to cover up. I was just curious to see if it would work. I didn’t add anything to it.
    What an ingenious idea Darlene!!!! Thank you!!

    • wrote on June 16th, 2016 at 11:50 am


      Woohoo….it’s back in stock at Simon Says Stamp!

  17. wrote on June 16th, 2016 at 2:09 pm


    Love this card! Be good for my grandkids!

  18. wrote on June 16th, 2016 at 2:50 pm


    How adorable! I don’t have any kids to send one to but It would be great for a guy card.
    Thanks for all your work…..I know this one took some time and patience.

  19. wrote on June 16th, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Barb H.

    You even included a penny on the card for the recipient to scratch off the signs….you do think of everything, Darlene! Love this card.

  20. wrote on June 17th, 2016 at 2:03 pm


    Ellen Hutson had the scratch-offs a while back, don’t know if she still has them or not, worth a check if you can’t find them other places.

  21. wrote on June 17th, 2016 at 6:08 pm


    Still catching up on your videos. This one is wonderful. I can’t wait to get some paint and try it. You have the best tutorials. Thank you so much for sharing your talents.

  22. wrote on June 18th, 2016 at 7:20 am


    Love this card. I’ll have to look at my stamp sets.

  23. wrote on June 18th, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Susan Berry

    Love this idea. I will have to try. Thanks again for a great idea.

  24. wrote on June 22nd, 2016 at 8:09 am


    I have never seen a scratch off card made! How adorable. I can’t wait to try it! I’m having trouble keeping up with all of your inspiration, Darlene. Love it!

  25. wrote on June 22nd, 2016 at 7:20 pm


    I loved this card so much I made two since it was posted. One for my husband from our Yorkie for Father’s Day and one for a birthday. Both were big hits!! thanks Darlene!!

  26. wrote on June 23rd, 2016 at 10:21 am


    Totes adorbs. 😉 I’m going to try this for lunch note messages. My kids love what I call “gimmicks” like pop ups, pull outs, and spinners.

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