DIY Scratch Offs: How We Told Our Families

Okay, so we have established that I have not done much of anything crafty lately (unless you count napping somehow), and I certainly haven’t started any baby projects yet, but I DID do a small thing as a way for us to tell our families that we are expecting.

Enter Pinterest, which showed me that it was possible to make your own scratch tickets.  My husband is a big fan of these (well, the lotto ones), and it seemed a way to get him kind of excited about the project as well.

It also seemed like a good excuse to learn to use my Silhouette Portrait sketch markers.  So I grabbed some cute scrapbook paper at Jo Ann’s, some cheap wooden frames, and dug out our old laminator to get started.

1. I sized the scratch off tickets to the photo frame hole, and cut out the paper layers.

2. Then I tested out writing the scratch off tickets with the Silhouette Sketch Pens.  I had a ton of difficulty with this, got a lot of stray lines drawn.


After days of frustration and some fruitless emails to support, I changed the words of the scratch off so that they did not include any lowercase ‘L’ letters, which seemed to cause my stray lines with the font I was using.

3. After successful font tests, I set the Silhouette to draw words on the special paper in a nice blue color.

4. Then I set the Silhouette to sketch the scratch off game symbols in a different color pen (green) and printed.

5. I printed out a picture of our positive pregnancy test in the size that would fit the space I left for it on the ticket.

6. I taped all the layers together and placed the ticket inside the laminating sheet / pouch, and sent it through the laminator. I cut thte tickets out around the edges, making sure to leave the laminating pouch sealed.

7. I tested out the scratch off paint by putting a piece of scotch tape on some paper, mixing up the concoction (some silver acrylic paint and dishwashing soap), and painting it onto the tape.  After it dried, I scratched it off with a coin to make sure it worked.

8. I painted the scratch off paint onto the game images and the prize spot.  The Silhouette did let me include boxes in my drawing to help outline the shapes I would paint.

9. I was done!

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I painted about 1.5 of the frames, and still owe one set of parents a frame, but I have some time.

We handed some out face-to-face, and Face Timed or called those that we couldn’t be with directly for the news.  I had some help from a sneaky brother-in-law too, who even videoed the event.  I think it’s safe to say we shocked them all – for a long time, we didn’t think we wanted children, but some things changed over the past few years and we decided to keep everyone thinking no kids in case it wasn’t possible for some reason.

We were able to tell everyone the Friday before Mother’s Day weekend, a couple days after my first doctor appointment, and we were right around 7 weeks at the time.  Here is what the ticket looked like before/after it was scratched:

IMG_1744Can I just say that I hate how the game images are off center?  As a side note, there was nothing easy about using these sketch pens in the Silhouette.  I even used some tutorials I found online.  I currently do not see any benefit to using the silhouette for tasks like this instead of a printer, unless you are looking for a stylistically sketchy font or project??  Oh, and my choice of symbols was meant to confuse the parents into thinking we had bought them some sort of ticket or thing for a family Disney vacation we had planned in early December (a vacation we are sadly no longer going on, but some of the others still are … we’ll just wait till the kiddo is old enough!).

Anyway, this was a fun little project, that can be used for a bunch of different things.  Let me know if you have made these for something before, and what you used them for!


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