I am over a month late on this news, but really, I guess I'm not considered late until the baby is born. That's right, we're having baby #2, in case you missed it earlier. I figured I could just say "It's a <blank>!". But that would be boring and make for a very short blog post. So, here's a little something for everyone. I got to do a little design work, and you get a fun free printable!
I had wanted to do an online scratch-off to satisfy the techni-nerd in me, but couldn't find a widget or program that was fun and cute (and I'm not good enough to write one), so I resorted to a brick-n-mortar solution. My inspiration came from Etsy, and although I love my cards, the ones available for purchase are awfully cute too!
These cards are designed to be made into scratch-off cards, which seem to be increasing in popularity these days. There's 2 separate designs you can choose from, a bee or a stork, so it's appropriately gender-neutral, and there's either a blue heart or a pink heart hidden underneath the scratch-off. Although I've told most of my friends already, here's the color of the heart for our upcoming bundle of joy!
The pink heart is small, but it gets the point across.
For the scratch-off itself, there are a couple of different ways to make them yourself, and all of the methods are documented fairly well on Pinterest. Some say to mix a solution of paint and dishwashing detergent; to pre-wax the area before painting, or use contact paper to cover the scratch-off area. I found one tip that suggested the dishwashing detergent was not necessary. Since that seemed the easiest to pull off, that's the one I decided to test.
Supplies for scratch-off:
clear contact paper + paint.
1. Paint the front side of the clear contact paper. I used basic acrylic paint in black, because I didn't have gray, and yellow didn't have enough coverage.
2. Cut out the shape you want out of the paint-covered contact paper. I would suggest a circle punch for a cleaner shape.
3. Peel the contact paper and stick it over the area you want covered.
Pinterest Test Results:
I found the paint a bit difficult to scratch-off, and I'm thinking maybe the detergent gives it a bit of slickness to help with the removal of the paint. The contact paper idea is brilliant though.
a Girl, a Girl, a Girl!
So here you go, 4 different printables for you to use! Please only take these for personal use, and do not reprint or redistribute them commercially or otherwise. Also, please do not sell finished items using these printables. I'd really hate to see my PDFs copied, printed and floating homeless on the internet.
I hope you enjoy them!