You know that feeling when you’re scratching a lottery ticket? The excitement to see what’s hidden underneath it all. Wouldn’t a scartch-off photo make a great giftcard? instead of a boring birthday card make something personal and special for the person you care about! It’s a guaranteed way to give them the warm fuzzies.
I used the tutorial I found on Photojojo.
This is what you need:
- A Polaroid camera and film OR
- A glossy photo print
- Black acrylic paint
- Dish soap
- Scotch tape
- Paper plate (or surface for mixing paint)
- Piece of paper
- Paint brush
- Black marker
STEP 1 – TAKE/PRINT A PHOTO
The easiest way to get a Polaroid photo is to shoot one!
but If you don’t have access to a Polaroid camera, you can always print a photo of your liking and cut it the way you want it.But remember glossy photo paper works best!
STEP 2 – MIX PAINT + DISH SOAP
Combine 2 parts dish soap/1 part acrylic paint and blend on a paper plate or whatever mixing surface you chose (I used a plastic cup). But you might have to try different combinations of the amount of dish soap/acrylic color because I suspect it depends on what kind of dish soap you use…in the tutorial they said 1 part dishsoap/2 parts color but that did NOT work for me, I couldn’t scratch the color off even if I would’ve used a chiansaw so..yeah you might have to experiment a bit to get the right combination. Next time I’m going to use even more dish soap because it didn’t come off completely when I scratched the photo. The final color should have a “slippery” feeling about it.
STEP 3 – TAPE EDGES
Use your scotch tape to cover the white edges of your photo. The tape will protect the edges from getting paint on them.
Use the same tape to stick your Polaroid/photo down to a sheet of paper. This will be your paint surface.
STEP 4 – PAINT
With your paint mixture and brush, paint over the photo section of your Polaroid/photo. Use a similar stroke (sideways or up and down) throughout so that your paint dries better.
Once dry (about an hour), paint a second coat to completely conceal your photo.
STEP 5 – REMOVE TAPE
Once dry, remove your scotch tape from the borders of your Polaroid/photo.
STEP 6 – PREPARE TO GIVE
Using your permanent marker, write something funn like “Surprise” on the bottom of your Polaroid.
STEP 7 – TIME TO SCRATCH
You can also invite your firends over to your house for coffe and cake. A “fika” as it’s called in swedish…
Or make a birthday card..
Or a party invitation for a blog launch…well the possibilities are endless!