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Scratch-Off Valentines

Scratch-Off Valentines

– [Jennifer] Hello there and welcome. This is Jennifer McGuire and I hope all is well in your world. Now today, I thought
I’d share with you ways to add scratch-off elements to your cards. Now, in particular, I’ll show
how to create some valentines that my daughter will be
giving to her class this year. However, you can apply
these scratch-off techniques to any cards that you may make. I will show you both how
to create scratch-off cards with premade scratch-off products. And then I will show you how to create your own
scratch-off products if you prefer to do that instead. But regardless of which way
you create the scratch-off, I think it’s a fun
element to add to a card. For the valentines I’m making today, I have two free downloads over on my blog. One is in black and one is in color, and I’ll explain why I have
the options a bit later. Now, these downloads are valentine jokes that your child can give to someone else and it has the joke across
the top, and the punchline will be underneath the
scratch-off surface. Now, when you print these, there are actually two
pages to each download, so you end up with 10
different valentine jokes. Now, once you print
these out, to cut them, you just follow the little tick marks that are provided on the sheet. Super easy to do, it
doesn’t cost anything, and I thought I’d share this with you in case you want to make the
same valentines with your kids. When you cut these down,
you’ll end up with valentines that are three inches by four inches, which I think is the
perfect size for valentine. For my video today, I decided to use the
black and white download, so there’s no color printing here. The reason I did that is because I printed these
on a laser jet printer. If you print with a laser jet printer, you can use foil on the printing, and that’s what I’m gonna show you today. It does not work with an inkjet printer. I have an inexpensive
laser jet printer at home that just does black printing, and I’ll link to it below
if you wanna check it out. If you do not have a laser
jet printer, that’s okay. You can just take the download to a local, Kinko’s or other print shop and they can print it for
you on a laser jet printer and then you could add the foiling. If you wanna save the time, you can skip the foiling and use it as is or use the color download. So, let me show you
how I added the foiling because I feel like it adds
a lot to this valentine and it’s very easy to do, and then we’ll do the scratch-off. I’m using an inexpensive
laminator for this. Any laminator should work for this. You can even use your Minc machine if you have one of the older
laminating Minc machines that Heidi Swapp offered. But today, I thought I’d share
using this basic laminator. This is the one that I use for all my laminating
purposes and for foiling. So, what I do is I turn it on, make sure it’s on the heat setting, and I let it warm up for about 20 minutes so that it’s good and hot and ready to go. The foils that I’m using
today are from Gina K. I really like the quality of her foils. They’re made by Therm O Web, which I feel makes the
best foils out there. And there are lots of colors, even some that have like a sparkly finish, like that Radiant Red on the left. You can find any color
you could absolutely want but I decided to go with
the sparkly red and gold for today’s examples. But the fun thing about foils is you can use more than
one color on a project, and I’ll show you how to do that here. You just need to cut pieces from the foil that are about the right size to cover the area you want in that color. So, I want the middle area to be gold. And then I want the sentiment on the top and the To and From on the bottom to be in the red sparkle. So, I trim those pieces down. It doesn’t have to be perfect, you can see these are just quickly cut, and I’m putting right over that text, making sure that the red overlaps just the words that I want to be in red and the gold overlaps
the words I want in gold. I’m putting that into a folded
piece of parchment paper. I’ll link to the kind that I use below but you might have some other
parchment papers on hand. Now, I’m feeding this through my laminator and it will provide heat and pressure, which will transfer that foil
onto that laser jet printing. So now, I can just take
it out, peel off the foil, and I can reuse those foil pieces again, the areas that didn’t transfer. And look at that beautiful
foiling that we get. You can see how it adds
a little bit of fun to have that shine instead of just having
it printed in color. It didn’t take too long to
do a bunch of these this way, so I went ahead and did foiling the same for all of my examples today. Now it’s time to do the
different scratch-off features. I’m first going to show the
easiest way to do a scratch-off and that is to use scratch-off stickers. These are actually pretty
inexpensive, and Inky Antics has several different types
of scratch-off stickers available in different sizes and shapes. I decided to go with the two-inch circle
scratch-off stickers. This is the perfect fit for the downloads that I have available in my blog and I’ll link to the
ones that I use below. These are very easy to add to your card. All you do is peel and stick
it on like a normal sticker. However, I wanted to make
sure I got it centered. I figured if I put that big,
silver sticker down off-center, it would really stand
out like a sore thumb. So, I have another piece of
three by four-inch cardstock that I’m going to use as a template. I die cut a circle, center it up on that, and it is a little bit bigger
than the two-inch circle, so this is about a 2 1/2-inch circle. That way, I could line up the pink circle, put the template around it, tape the template temporarily in place, and now, I know that
inside of this template would be the perfect centering
position for the sticker. Now, this may seem excessive but I really wanted to make
sure I got this centered. To be honest with you, I ended up ditching the template later on and I just stuck the sticker
down from then on out and I was pretty good
about centering them. But now, I can know
that’s centered perfectly in covering the little
punchline to our joke. I used 80-pound cardstock
for the valentines so that I could feed it
through my printer easily, and that’s kind of lightweight for me. I like to use a heavier weight cardstock. So, to give it a little more strength, I decided to mat each of my valentines with a piece of red cardstock. It also gives it a nice finish look. Now, for the coin on the valentine, I tape it to the back
with some gold washi tape, Gold Glitter Washi Tape. I decided to do dollar coins
because I thought the kids would think that was really unique, but you could use a penny or
quarter or whatever you want. Now, all Lila and I have to do is write the little names on the bottom and we’re good to go. You could also put this in a little envelope if you wanted to. So here, you can see how
easily it scratches off. I just wanted to show
you one as an example. And you can see the gold
foil punchline underneath. It works wonderfully. Now, if you don’t want to
buy the scratch-off stickers, you can create your own
scratch-off stickers. It takes some time, but
really isn’t too bad to make a bunch at once. What you need is some parchment paper or leftover release paper
from an adhesive sheet. You put clear packing tape on it, so you saw I put some thick,
clear packing tape down under the parchment paper. And then you take a circle die
or whatever shape you want. Run it through your die cut machine. And basically, what you’re doing is die cutting a clear sticky circle. The tape doesn’t really stick that much to the parchment, just a little bit, so that’s why we’re using
parchment paper underneath it. So now we have a clear sticky circle that we need to add the
scratch-off feature to. I’m only making three here, but you could definitely make
a bunch of these at once. So, I’m putting the clear circle stickers onto a bigger piece of parchment, so I can paint them all at once. We’re going to create a
mixture of paint and dish soap that ends up being the
perfect thing for scratch-off. I’m using this Silver Acrylic
Paint from Dina Wakley. Now, this is a great acrylic paint. It’s a heavy-bodied acrylic paint, but any kind of silver acrylic
paint should work here, even the inexpensive stuff that you can get at a craft store. You can see that this one’s pretty thick and it’s just beautifully shiny. But really, whatever you’ve got will work. You could do other colors too,
but I think the silver look is what people recognize with scratch-off, so I think it’s a good option. Now it’s time to add to
this paint some dish soap. Any dish soap should work for this. I used what was in my kitchen. Usually, you want about one part dish soap for two parts of paint, but it really depends on
how thick your paint is. So, what I like to do is mix it up on a piece of scrap paper
or on anything else. Usually, I actually use my work surface but I wanted to be able to set this aside. So, I mix it up until you see it’s thin, that when you tilt it,
it starts to run down. You really don’t have
to have it just perfect. I found that this is a
pretty forgiving technique. You just wanna make sure you
put enough dish soap into it that it becomes a little bit thinner. Okay, now I’m using a foam
brush, any brush would work, to paint a thin layer of this
over each of the stickers. Now, you’ll see it’s thin, so it doesn’t really cover
the sticker completely, so I ended up doing two coats of this. Depending on how thin you made your mix, you might have to do more than two coats. Maybe three or four. But you can see how quickly
I was able to add this. Now I’ll set this aside to dry. And then later, I’ll come back and add another coat when it’s dry. So, you just kind of do it, set it aside, go do something else, and then come back and add another coat. But this is an easy way to
make your own scratch-off if you don’t want to buy the stickers. But honestly, I like the
look of the stickers, I like that it saves time, and the price point’s pretty good too. I just wanted to be sure
to share both options here in case you couldn’t get your hands on to the scratch-off stickers. Okay, so after I covered these
with two coats of the paint, I removed one of the stickers and I’m adding it down over the punchline. This is actually smaller circle. This is about 1 3/4-inch because my tape wasn’t wide
enough to do a two-inch circle. So, that’s something to keep in mind that you are limited by
how thick your tape is. But I think you can also use contact paper instead of packing tape
if you have that instead. Now here, I did a scratch-off just to show you how
well this scratches off. So, this is another option for adding a scratch-off
feature to your card. Before we go, I wanted to
show you this stamp set. This is from Simon Says Stamp that came out quite a while ago, but it’s called the It’s
No Secret stamp set. This was designed to go
with scratch-off stickers. If you look, there’s things like you can stamp It’s No Secret and then when you scratch it off, it says, You’re Amazing or Happy Birthday. There are even little images that say Scratch Here with little arrows, so you can add those next
to your scratch-off feature. So, even though I used a printed sentiment and printed card today, you
could instead do stamping along with the scratch-off feature. So, I like when there are things like this that allow you to get
more out of your products. All right, I hope this was helpful to you and that you’ll give a
scratch-off card a try. Perfect for Valentine’s Day but you could use it all year round too. If you’re interested in these supplies, I have all of them linked below
in my YouTube description. Also, be sure to go to my blog for a ton of more information, including those free downloads. And I know I say it every time but I really do appreciate the time that you spend watching my videos. I hope they’re helpful and
we’ll see you again soon.

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100 thoughts on “Scratch-Off Valentines

  1. Thanks for showing. I bought sheets of scratch off paper made by silhouette studios which I love because I can make however big or small I need and they are already sticky. I haven't seen the actual stickers before. I will have to try those next time. I use mine for a lotto stamp set I have. Lol. Thanks again and God bless!!

  2. Love the Valentine card ideas! Also the alternative to buying scratch off stickers. Lila's signature is so cute using a heart to dot her i!!! Just like her mom!❤

  3. I love this idea. I’m going to try it today. I’m guessing that you are painting the mix onto the shiny side of the clear tape and not to the parchment paper ? Thus when they scratch off it doesn’t scratch down to the card stock at all but just on the tape? I guess I figured it out just by writing it out here, LOL.
    LOVE your inspiration especially how to make things when I’m serving in a third world country and can’t get all the items like the actual stickers. Blessings!

  4. Lila must be in heaven over these fantastic Valentine cards! Can you believe I've had these scratch-off stickers in my stash for a long time yet never used them…shame on me LOL! I even think I've got them in silver and gold. However, I never knew that you could make your own and I think that's amazing. Thank you Jennifer and Happy Valentine's Day to your beautiful Lila!

  5. Lovely video. Love all your videos. They help a lot when it comes to DIY & to think on how to use your stamps/dies for future projects. Quick question, when you peeled off the scratch off mix towards the end, did you also picked up the tape & pressed it down onto your card? Or just the mix?

  6. I have some scratch offs in my stash somewhere. Also have that Dina Wakley paint. I’ve never know how to make my own scratch offs.
    What happened to your MINC? I only used mine twice last year. Went to use it last week and it won’t turn on. Really disappointed!!

  7. This is such a great idea and so timely for me, personally. Just a few hours ago I found a forgotten folder in my craft room and it had scratch-off stickers in it! I am so excited to have a great way to use them, thanks to you. Whew! One less thing to think about.

  8. Thank you for sharing!! Truly appreciate the additional information on how to make your own scratch off stickers!! So easy and as I live out in the boonies, it's great when I can't get to my local craft store‼️

  9. I think I'll make an advent calendar using this, at least for some of the days. 🙄😜😃 Thanks for the inspiration . 👍🥇

  10. So sweet and fun! Lila’s classmates are going to love these. You are brilliant, always always coming up with new ideas xx

  11. That is such an awesome idea!!! Thank you for the homemade scratch-off recipe as it will come in handy!!! Living in a country town, can't always get to a bigger shop that has these! Thanks again!

  12. I have seen the scratch off's before, but I never got around to buying any. Now I don't have to because I can make my own with supplies I already have, thanks to you. And since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I can use heart-shaped dies for my scratch off shapes. Thanks!

  13. what a fun and fabuloous technique; thank you for teaching us not only this scratch off technique, but how we can make it ourselves.

  14. Awe shucks. I just finished my 6 grandkids & 6 children’s Valentines. Definitely doing this for their birthday. Thanks also for showing how to make your own. It’s all part of the creation process and explaining how you made it to the kiddos always WOWs them.

  15. Thank you for another very cool project and teaching us to make our own scratch off solution! I am really thrilled at the pdf provided us for laser printing the adorable cards! I can’t wait to make these for my grandchildren’s class! I’m thinking of including a mini popsicle stick as opposed to a coin, being my youngest grandchild is 3 yrs old and a coin could present a choking issue! (Hmm…can they read the joke?! Guess they will learn!) Jennifer, you just keep outdoing yourself! Thank you so very much! ❤️ Ali K.

  16. A great video, as always, Jennifer! I had no idea a scratch-off sticker could be made so easily. I definitely want to try it! Thanks for the free downloads, too!

  17. Thank you for sharing your work. I have used these scratch off circles and really think they're fun for everyone. Who doesn't like a scratch-off? I truly enjoy your videos. Please keep sharing your ideas.

  18. 👏🏼👏🏼yay!! thank you so much for the scratch off recipe. I teach card making to senior citizens and it’s always helpful to learn economical techniques 😊🌺

  19. Thanks a ton Jennifer, always bringing us your best. These are beautiful, interesting, and fun cards. You are such an awesome blessings to all of us. May God bless you and your family 😙

  20. Thank you Jennifer for sharing the files. I appreciate the opportunity to use the file. You always give an alternative option. My husband is experiencing mobility issues and I can't wander far. Options give me the ability to use what I have.

  21. I love this whole video. I never knee you could do this. Love, love, love this. I'm already thinking of Halloween and Christmas cards!

  22. I accidentally discovered how to do this a different way for a DYI… paint some masking fluid on your paper shape, such as the circle you used, then sprinkle silver embossing powder and heat set. Works like a charm. Found out I could scratch this off my paper without damaging the paper. And noticed it had that “scratch off “ quality.

  23. You’re simply la crème de la crème in the art of Cardmaking. Thank you for such eloquent, informative tutorials. You also have the perfect voice for narrating. I admire your craftiness!

  24. I have a recipe for scratch off stickers as the paint and shaving cream instead of dish soap. Either will work, I’m sure. Thank you for sharing your tips and ideas. They are very helpful.

  25. Thank you so much, Jennifer! This is such a great idea and I will be using it for other occasions, too! I really appreciate the time you give to all of us!❤️

  26. Hi Jennifer! Yes this was definitely helpful. I made 21 Valentine cards for my grandson, and it took a lot longer than these cute ones here that you did. I'll remember this for next year. These are so much fun….and I'm sure the kids will enjoy the interactive feature of this card. Thanks so much for sharing.

  27. Jennifer thank you! at a time when I didn't know that this level of card making was possible for me, your videos have showed me that it is possible. God forbid you ever doubt yourself remember this you touched someones life this side of the Sahara. God bless you

  28. Thank you for another wonderfully made and helpful video! Thanks for sharing the valentine riddles!
    I just ordered the scratch off stickers, can’t wait to make these.

  29. your you tubes are immensely helpful to a newbie like me, and to the old pros aswel, I am surel! the product info alone is invaluable, please keep 'em coming , and thanks ever so much!

  30. Thanks for reminding me of this technique! I used this years ago for a bridal shower game. They were not hard to do and they were a big hit. I love that you can create valentines with this technique!

  31. Thanks for the download Jennifer. I have tried the wax technique and the contact paper option before and they work too; actually I prefer the contact paper to the packing tape as it gives you more freedom regarding the size and shape of the scratch of. I had no idea there were stickers, thanks for all the tips and ideas! Have a wonderful day!

  32. These are so cute that I needed to make them! They turned out great. Loved learning how to make my own scratch offs. I'll be able to make shapes that fit every occasion!

  33. So cute!  And thank you for showing us "both ways" to do the scratch off, for those of us (speaking for myself) who are just a little under funded.  Thumbs up.

  34. Hi Jennifer, I follow you for YEARS now !!! What I love the most is that you NEVER forget people who don't want or can't buy stuff… I thank you/love you for that XOXO from France ^^

  35. Thank you for sharing! I ordered the scratch off circles and they came FAST!!! My Grandkids will LOVE THESE CARDS. So fun and SOOOOOOO easy!!!!! YOU ARE THE VERY BEST!!!!!

  36. I just wanted to thank you. I have watched you use foil so many times and wanted so bad to try it. Well I got my Royal Sovereign machine from Amazon today. I ran to my laser printer, printed a heart design, had my machine warming up and foiled a beautiful heart. I know silly right to be this excited but that's how I get when I try something this awesome! I am going to make a Ribbon Slider card now for my Mom. She has Alzheimer's and sadly had to be placed in a care facility. I go care and visit with her and this interactive card will be wonderful for her. This will be a great Valentine's Day card for her. Thank you for your tutorials and inspiration!

  37. These are so awesome Jennifer. Thank you for sharing this. I made the scratch of mixture a long time ago (when I couldn't find actual scratch off stickers locally) but I lost the recipe. All I could remember was the products used but not the amounts. TFS!

  38. These are Valentine with the scratch off jokes are absolutely darling! Thank you for the free downloads of Valentine jokes! They are all so cute! Thanks! sincerely Katz Baugh

  39. Love this idea! I make Valentines with my grandkids and already had plans for the one this year. I didn't even watch this until today, but now I have next year's all planned out! I always enjoy watching your videos and learn something every time. Thanks.

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