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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!