Tutorial: Scratch & Sniff Cards
What an amazing idea! I hope that this week you will enjoy the tutorial that is being shared with us by JoAnn U. These cards caught Sandy’s eye as soon as they came in through the mail… and no wonder… they would sure catch my eye… or nose… too! Adorable! Please enjoy this…
SCRATCH & SNIFF CARDS TUTORIAL
These are fun cards to make, particularly for kids. Basically any “food-themed” stamp that has a matching flavor of any fine grain flavored powder mix works: drink mix, gelatin, coffee creamer, pudding, etc. Think fruits, chocolate cupcakes, jelly beans, coffee, valentine hearts, etc. And for adults – pina colada and margaritas – Crystal Lite has some fun adult beverage flavors!
It works best if the stamp has a solid, bold image so the mix has a place to stick to.
IMPORTANT: Whatever flavored powder you use, it must be SUGAR FREE – sugar burns with the heat gun – experience talking here!
Besides stamps and flavored powders, you’ll also need paper and ink of course – several combinations work for this:
To stamp image on white card stock –
use colored craft ink with clear embossing powder
or use Versamark ink with colored embossing powder
To stamp on colored card stock OR patterned paper –
use Versamark ink with either clear OR colored embossing powder
A note on Clear Embossing Powder – I do not use the Ultra Thick (UTEE) – it bubbles too much with the flavored powder and makes the image bumpy and difficult to scratch off.
The actual process is super easy —
Mix embossing powder with flavored powder in a 1 to ½ ratio:
1 tsp embossing powder with ½ tsp flavored powder
Ink up your image and stamp on chosen paper
Immediately cover stamped image with embossing powder mixture
For my sample card, I chose to do an Easter Card using the Chocolate Bunny Stampin’ Up stamp.
I mixed up some chocolate flavored coffee creamer with clear embossing powder.
Then inked my image with Close to Cocoa Craft ink, also by Stampin’ Up.
No, I’m not a demonstrator, just a fan!
Tap off excess and heat with heat gun until image is shiny & raised.
Add image to card, embellish, etc.
Unfortunately, the photos aren’t able to show the embossing but it’s there.
I always do a very small sniff test before adding the image to the card.
Sentiment on this card is by Paper Studio, Holiday Sentiments set
The powder mix stores fairly well in a cool dry place, so it’s ok to make more than you need. I put mine in small plastic jars, just label the outside with the flavor and you’ll be ready for your next project.
When I make these for OWH, I write out a little message on a post- it note & put on the inside of the card telling the Hero to let the recipient of the card know it’s scratch n sniff. I also group them together when I send them to Sandy.
Here’s another Scratch & Sniff card sample:
I used Orange Kool-aid for my mix.
The orange stamp is from SU, Tart & Tangy set
The sentiment is also by SU, set unknown.
SU circle scallop punch for the “Bite” and the green scalloped circle
That’s a real popsicle stick – they cut surprisingly easy. I popped up the popsicle around the stick to balance it.
Have Fun and try not to scratch & sniff them all yourself! LOL
Many thanks, Jo Ann! I love this idea! If you’re in the mood for making even more cards with a neat smelly trick, I do have this old dryer sheet tutorial from a few years back, too. I never thought that making food-smelling images was possible, so this opens up a whole new world of opportunity! How fun!
Please leave some love here for Jo Ann for sharing with us today, and don’t forget to stay tuned for some more fun product-review style tutorials on Tuesdays this year. (Every two weeks.) Have lots of fun making Scratch & Sniff cards!