All About Love Blog Hop

We’re so happy you could join us for this super-fun hop showcasing cards, layouts and projects that feature anything and everything about LOVE!! You’ll find an array of ideas throughout this hop…from decorations to gift ideas and more. We hope you’ll enjoy each and every project along the way!!   Be sure to leave a comment at each hop stop to be entered in our Monthly Drawing (details available at

If you’ve just hopped over from Jamie’s blog then you’re on the right track!
If you’ve just popped in to visit my blog or are reading this via email and you’d like to join our FUN, then please go to Lynda’s blog ( to start at the beginning…

So…here’s my LOVE creation!

I made a scratch-off Valentine card for my sweetie!  Now, the technique I used might be old hat to some of you, but I never knew this could be done at home!!!  I was reading the February issue of Better Homes and Gardens, and they had a recipe to make the actual stuff that you scratch off of cards (like lottery scratch tickets or game pieces.)  I was so excited, that I just had to try it…and it works!!

Here’s what I did:

I mixed 2 parts silver acrylic metallic paint to 1 part dish washing soap.  I don’t think it has to be any particular kind of soap.  I just used what I had on hand.

Using a flat brush, I painted it onto acetate.  I tried it on an old Cricut cartridge box here, but I ended up using some acetate sheets a scrappy friend gave me (thanks Rexann!)  The magazine actually said to use clear Contact paper, and that probably would have been WAY easier, but I didn’t have any, and used what I had here instead.

The magazine suggested three thin layers of paint, but I was finding that there was still streaking after three layers, so I ended up doing five.  Let dry (or CAREFULLY use a heat gun, but don’t melt your plastic!) in between each layer.  While the paint was drying, I sealed my bowl of paint mixture in a Ziploc bag so it wouldn’t dry out.

Once my silver acetate was completely done and dry, I was actually able to run it through my Cricut to cut the hearts!!  I thought the paint would scratch off in the machine, but it worked perfectly!

I cut the silver hearts at 1 inch from George and Basic Shapes, then I cut the red hearts at 1 1/4 inches.  At this point, you want to write or print what ever you want on the red hearts.  I wrote down 3 choices for how to spend Valentine’s evening.  The recipient gets to choose which heart to scratch off, and that’s what we get to do!  You can write anything you want that will work for you.  I was thinking about writing I LOVE YOU…one word behind each heart, and then the recipient scratches off the heart to reveal the secret message.  Anyway, whatever you want to write is up to you…the possibilities are endless!

After writing on the red hearts, I used vellum adhesive to tape the silver heart on top of the red heart, thus hiding my message.   MAKE SURE you leave the side with the paint up, so that you can scratch it off!!  Now this is really where the Contact paper would have come in handy…the adhesive is already on the plastic…just peel the paper off the back.

Here’s what it looks like scratched off!

I hope you liked my tutorial!  Thank you again for checking out my project!  Now it’s on to Lisa’s Blog  Have a great weekend!


Amy England

Creator of the Scrap This Save That blog and Youtube channel and curator of a ridiculous amount of paper crafting supplies!

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  1. Karla says:

    I love this card and the image! Very cute!

  2. Michele Smith says:

    This is a wonderful idea that I have never seen before! Love the purple and scratch off hearts! Thanks for sharing msmith38652[at]

  3. Unknown says:

    Totally new follower, and thank you so much for joining my hop! I have now got to try this for sure….. GREAT JOB MY FRIEND!! (Not yelling, emphasizing!!!)

  4. Misty says:

    FANTASTIC Idea!! I have some 1"round scratch offs I use for soy candles business. This takes cardmaking up a notch!
    Hummer Hugs,
    hummingbird204 at comcast dot net

  5. Vicki says:

    ANother fun technique to make a unique card!! I'm happy that your first attempt was a success considering you had to change things up a bit. Congratulations!

    [email protected]

  6. BlueCrayons says:

    yet another crafting idea pops in the heads of crafters. your card is AMAZING. love the tut also.

    craftingwithblue at gmail dot com

  7. Unknown says:

    What a cool idea!!! Thank you for sharing

  8. Lady Fair says:

    Darling card, great paper choices and love the button and doily at the top. I'm definitely trying this scratch-off technique. I have some self-adhesive laminating sheets that I think will work, but I'm going to pick up some clear Contact paper when I buy the paint. Just to change it up a bit, I might try a different paint color. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Claire Spielman says:

    So, ….if you hear some scratching noises tonight, you'll know why! It's your fault!!
    Thanks for such a nice contribution to the hop, giving it a try!
    Creative Wishes,

  10. Tammy says:

    Yes I am doing a scratch off for my amily, too!!! I saw it on Martha Stewart!!! thank you so very ,uch for sharing this technique—I just think it is over the and uber the way you did it!! Great job!! Huge hugs!! be blessed
    Beyond Measure

  11. Walking on Water says:

    I love this idea of scratch offs on your card and now I can do it thanks for the tips! 🙂 your card is adorable and thanks for sharing! 🙂

  12. Suzanne says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. What kid or adult wouldn't love finding the hidden message. I definitely need to try this.

  13. Jens Craft Corner says:

    Your scratch off card is so cool! I love it! Thanks for posting the tutorial along with it. I had no idea how to make a scratch off until I just read your post. You did a really nice job with the card.

  14. says:

    Hey Girlfriend!!
    I have never seen this idea before and love it!! So glad to have helped you out with your Project supply's! 🙂 Very cute and is that a paper Dollie? Thanks so much for sharing you project and technique!! Are you going the the national scrapbooking party at becky's house in may? See you soon!!
    ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

  15. Janet says:

    What a great idea thanks for th tutorial will have to remeber this on. Great card design very cute!
    Big Blog Hugs, Janet

  16. Amy says:

    Amy, I just saw this tutorial in that magazine too and I wondered how it would turn out — Well, yours is FANTASTIC!! I will certainly apply your "tips" when I try it out for myself — I've ALWAYS wanted to do a scratch off card, and I LOVE the Love Lottery idea!! SO CUTE!!

    Thanks for being a part of the hop!! 🙂 It was a SWEET TREAT to have ya included!! 🙂

    Amy 🙂 at

  17. The Archiving Angel says:

    Hi Amy!
    Sorry to hear of your blog issues.
    I am trying to catch up with all my followers & commentators. I finally made it to your blog. So glad too. You have been quite busy while I was away, caring for my mom in Florida. I did set up pre-posts to keep my blog going but was not able to access a computer to visit with my followers and make comments.
    Your technique is fantastic! Thanks for sharing that. I am off to see more of your gems.
    Big crafty hugs,

  18. mani says:

    Card is Creative and colors are also very nice, design of card is simple but good.
    plastic cards
    plastic card printing

  19. Sarah Hendricks says:

    Wow, that is really awesome! I'll have to try that.

  20. Mary J says:

    Such a cool make, Amy! Love the tute – thx!

  21. Sonia says:

    I think i never see this cool idea of scrached… thanks for sharing the tutorial.
    Beautiful creation. Great JOB!

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