I love scratch off tickets, always have. I remember begging my parents to let me scratch off theirs when I was little. Now that I'm an adult I can't think of something more fun to receive with an order than a scratch off card with a coupon code so I decided to make some of my own for Circus Bear Vintage. I designed these simple cards in photoshop then had them printed with Overnight Prints.

To make your own scratch off tickets you'll need;
dish soap (any brand should do, but if you're curious I'm using Ajax)
acrylic paint (any color and brand of your choice)
paint brush
packing tape
painters tape
scrap paper
Let's get started!
1 // Prepare your mixture. Two parts paint for every one part dish soap. Mix it up good, but try not to stir too aggressively - you don't want too many little bubbles.
2 // Grab a piece of scrap paper and tape down the card you're wanting to put the scratch off area on - making sure to cover the whole area you want painted over with tape.
3 // With painters tape, mark off what you don't want painted over. If you're brave and have a steady hand you could skip this step but I definitely prefer the clean lines that painters tape gives me.
4 // Paint! Use thin, even layers. Don't worry if you can still see through it after the first coat, it will most likely take two or three coats to get it all covered.
5 // After the paint is thoroughly dry, carefully peel off your painters tape. Go slowly so you don't accidentally rip off any of the paint.
6 // Cut the cards off of your scrap paper and TA-DA - you've got pretty scratch off cards!
Aren't those so awesome?! I think my biggest tip would be to be patient because I can't even begin to tell you how many times I had to keep doing it over and trying different methods before I figured out exactly what would work for my cards and what would give me the cleanest lines. It's so easy once you get the hang of it though!

Make sure to send me pictures if you make some too! I'd love to see them.
xoxo


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  1. This is so cute! Love, love, love this idea. I wonder, could you, once all your layers of paint/soap are dry, go back over it with just paint and do a design or wording? Or do you think you'd have to stick with the paint/soap combo?

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    1. I bet you could! As long as the design or wording wasn't too thick!

      But if that was an issue I'm sure doing a design in the paint/soap combo would work too because the mixture is basically the same consistency as paint so painting wouldn't be any different than normal.

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  2. This is the culest idea I have ever seen!!!! Oh my gosh. I'm so doing this. xo, rv

    http://aneclecticheap.blogspot.com/

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  3. I love these - we did the same thing for our Save The Dates for our wedding. We included them in a lil pack of goodies, it was so rad! Loving that your using them for CBV - I too get super excited when scratchies come with a coupon etc :)
    Luvluv,
    Sway xx

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  4. Great post! This is such a fun idea!!
    http://mereandthemr.blogspot.com/

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  5. Oh wow, this is so awesome! I LOVE this! I will be for sure making some of these

    xo, Meghan
    ahoynative.blogspot.com

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  6. I'm sooo going to do this! Thanks so much for sharing! Scratchers are the best!!!

    <3katie.cupcake

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  7. I'm sooo going to do this! Thanks so much for sharing! Scratchers are the best!

    <3katie

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  8. can you take picture scratching it? so i can see how it peels. Please!

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  9. This is so clever! I love scratch off cards! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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  10. You are so clever, Miss Kaylah!...Makes me want to order something from your shop even more...Hmm..

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  11. My daughter and husband are going to LOVE this! They do scratchers together sometimes as a special treat. I think it would be fun to make these to put in her prize jar. When we want to reward her, she can pick a scratcher and they could all have a fun thing to do on them!

    Great marketing tool as well. This makes coupons so much more exciting!

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  12. These are great. I saw a similar tutorial not too long ago, but these are much more fun!

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  13. Wow, what a cool idea! I would have never thought this was achievable at home. These would be awesome for a party to give to guests for some sort of prize.

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  14. Those are freakin awesome!! I'm so going to try making them :)

    xo,
    Eeka

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  15. Fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing!

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  16. What a fantastic idea! Definitely going to make some of these.

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  17. This is such a great idea! I'm definitely going to have to try this!

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  18. Yours came out amazing! I made some for Valentine's day in a big hurry and they worked but yours are so pretty! Wish I had seen yours first! :)

    There's some pictures here buttonhookneedham.blogspot.com

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  19. This is a fun idea,thank you very much for sharing! -Taily

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  20. This is too cool and I definitely want to try it out for one of my nieces birthday parties. I think the kids would enjoy it!

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  21. What a neat idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. How rad is this?! Seriously...genius.

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  23. Very cool idea... the cards are so cute!

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  24. I love it! Really got to keep this in mind c:

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  25. I, too, am obsessed with scratch off tickets. Looks like fun to make !!!

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  26. What a splendid idea!

    Thank you for the inspiration!

    Anna

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  27. I LOVE THIS!! Such a great idea! Thank you for sharing!!!!

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  28. So cute! I don't really have any particular reason to make these, but I want to anyway!

    http://viennawaitsblog.blogspot.com/

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  29. Oh, my gosh! That is genius. Good idea!

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  30. absolutely AWESOME!
    LOVE IT!

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  31. This is so clever! I love it, thanks Kaylah!

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  32. OMG! THIS IS SO COOL! (I'm sorry for the caps, but it was necessary)

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  33. what an amazing idea! I love it.

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  34. Oh my goodness! This is so awesome. I wish I had a reason to make scratch off cards now! They are awesome for your shop though :]

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  35. This is totally off topic and it'll come off pretty weird, but I found something and I really felt like showing you. You might've seen it already, though.

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/77364561/tooth-in-a-jar-necklace

    Have a lovely evening!

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  36. Oh and I really love this idea! I was too quickly with commenting and I forgot this. :)

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  37. That is such a great idea! I am going to bookmark this for future inspiration :)

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  38. fantastic idea *__* jejeje Love it

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  39. I'm so excited about this tutorial!

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  40. Brilliant! Love the design of your cards!

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  41. I love this!! Definitely trying this out, thanks Kaylah! :)

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  42. These are so pretty, and such a good idea! I always like scratching the stuff off, too! Especially on iTunes cards, for some reason :)
    -charlotte <3

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  43. Love this idea! I had seen this method but I hesitant to try it because she had said only metallic paints would work and hers had bubbled all over it. I love this and will be trying it soon. By the way... I finally hopped over to your etsy shop and had to add you to favorites. I think I have favorited a good 3rd of your items. You have the most lovely taste. :)

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  44. What type of paper was it printed on? Does it need to be glossy for the scratcher to work?

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    1. It doesn't need to be glossy because you're covering it with packing tape first. You can literally do it on any surface after putting the tape on it.

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    2. I was wondering, did you try on glossy paper? And if so, do you need to put the tape underneath as well or it's enough if the paper it's already glossy? Thanks :)
      (and thanks for the tutorial, it's awesome!)

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  45. fun idea. love your polka dot nails too.

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  46. Omg, I had no ideas you can just make them at home! How AWESOME!! I will be looking for an excuse/occation to do this for sure! So exciting :D

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  47. That is so awesome! Thank you for sharing! I will definitely try this out when I do a sale. :)

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  48. pretty cool!
    this is my favorit march post! ;)

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  49. This is absolutely genius! Must try.

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  50. These are so incredible and quirky! I love that you can pick any color for the scratch-off part. Thanks for sharing! xxx

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  51. That's so cool! I should try this soon. I love that you can make in any possible color, such a nice extra!

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  52. thank you so much for sharing this! i love this idea!!

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  53. I just ordered some cards to try this :)

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  54. Thanks for sharing your method, I can't wait to make some just for fun!

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  55. LOVE, LOVE this!! Never thought I could do it at home...AND I have all of the supplies! WhooHOO!

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  56. Crazy awesome idea!

    My mind is racing with all the possible applications! I'll be trying this one out.

    BTW... am I the first guy to post a reply...?

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  57. I used your tutorial to do this : http://www.flickr.com/photos/daddizgal/7229114040/ (actually i don't know if the picture is understandable for you because it's a French pun, i don't think i could explain it properly in English)

    So thanks to you & your technique !!!

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  58. Yep, going to have to try these out! I'm super excited. Did you have a systematic way for adding the packing tape? I know where it goes, but was there a quick way to put it on the many cards?

    (PS. I LOVE your fingernails!)

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  59. The use of owl in your design is adorable, it produces a lot of ideas in my mind....

    Scratch Card
    Promotional Cards
    print VIP cards

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  60. Very cool. Do you mind if I share with my art group and repost this on my blog? Cool idea...may do this for crafts at my family camping trip this year. The kids are pretty much adults now but I think they'd get a kick out of these. Thanks for sharing.
    Brenda
    betweenassignments(dot)blogspot(com)

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  61. Fabulous tutorial..Hope a lot of people get benefit from it....

    Hank Hendricks

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  62. Seeing this has inspired me to do some for my wedding with phrases like "Free Dance with Bride" and "Take Home Centerpiece" and also have some conversational things in there too. It'd be a fun interactive thing for guests to play with :) Thanks for posting this!!

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  63. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the quality tutorial!!! I breezed through with your step by step and made discount promotion scratcher cards for our shop's upcoming anniversary. Great job! I posted a pic of what I did on our fb page... Thanks again :)www.facebook.com/ShopGifted

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  64. Will use this in the near future for my boyfriend! ^^ "It's your lucky day" type of theme hehe. Thank you!

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  65. Love the step by step! Will be making some for a giveaway at a bridal shower!!

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  66. Thank you so much for posting this step-by-step guide. I will definitely use this for our Non-profit's scratch and donate fundraising cards. Awesome!

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  67. Cute designs! Evey step makes it more easier.

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  68. We're going to make these for our blog launch party! Each guest will get a scratch ticket (all winners). Thanks for the idea!

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  69. I made some for a Minute To Win It challenge at work. Here is my post about it. I linked to your site.
    http://stuffamymade.blogspot.com/2012/10/scratch-off-tickets.html

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  70. Thanks so much for sharing! Scratchers are the best!Free Business Cards

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  71. A M A Z I N G!!!!

    www.blogdaduds.com

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  72. this is so great! I'll use it for my shop!

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  73. This worked perfectly! Thank you so much!

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  74. The use of owl in your design is adorable, it produces a lot of ideas in my mind....

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  75. Oh I love this! It's really useful!! Thanks:*)

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  76. So cool! I'm using this on a "Hi my name is" sticker to reveal the sex of our baby to my hubby! He wasn't there for the ultrasound and we had a boy and girl name picked out so it's going to be SO fun!

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  77. Is it ok for me to pin this (using the idea for gender reveal)?

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  78. Making scratch-offs with your tutorial today for a gender reveal session on Monday. I can't wait!

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  79. Its so cute and nice scratch tickets. I love it. I have my own scratch off tickets which are also my favorite.

    Scratch Ticket

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  80. I'm already thinking up ways I could use this! So awesome!

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  81. i had no idea you could make your own scratch cards! and using different colours?!! awesome! i'm a teacher and i'm thinking mother's day vouchers for my class....but i don't know if i can wait that long! thank you :)

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  82. Gorgeous, really love it ! Just love it so much that the greedy gnome in me wants more ! Thanks for sharing !

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  83. This is so amazing! I'm in love with it! I'm thinking this would make a great father's day present!

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