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Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Cardmaking 301, Stars and Stamps, Tutorial | 30 comments

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…



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!


  1. Very Cool! I will have to try this one!

  2. The BEST card making tip in the history of card making!!! Have never seen this tip before.

  3. I wonder how people come up with these ideas! Cool idea!

  4. What a very fun technique — I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the tutorial.

  5. Love it! Just sent the site to all my crafty family/friends! Thanks heaps! The postal department will never be the same!

  6. Wow! Thanks for the great comment – in the history of card making is a pretty big deal! LOL

  7. Awesome idea. I can’t wait to try it.

  8. Great idea and you make it look so easy! This is one that I’m going to have to try out soon!

  9. What a clever idea! Must try it!!!

  10. What precautionary provisions are made for those Card Givers, and Receivers, that have Food/Scent Allergies? Also, some Military Areas cannot have these Scents and Powders dispensed into the air (due to detection precautions and protocols).

    • Hmm.. My first guess is that heroes will already know not to send sniffy cards to receivers with allergies. I’m not familiar with any Military areas that have scent precautions or protocols that would not allow a scratch and sniff sticker. I assume that a scratch and sniff sticker would not be considered something like an aerosol that is dispensed into the air. Sounds like you might be more familiar with these types of protocols, since you are bringing it up… Maybe you could let us know if you get an official statement on that!

  11. Thanks for the tutorial. I bought some sticker that were scratch ‘n sniff but I was limited to the scents they had. Now I can make them to what I need

  12. Super cool, thanks for sharing.

  13. I really love this idea – does anyone know of a bubblegum scented powder? Not in a dozen years would I have figured this out on my own! Thanks for the great share!

  14. Is that not cool 1

  15. A great idea! You folks are so talented and creative. Gotta try this.

  16. The Easter bunny looks good enough to eat!

    • Smells like it too now .)

  17. It would be so much fun to send or receive a card like these! I don’t do embossing, but I hope a lot of people give this a try!

  18. Great idea, Jo Ann! Now to go through my stamps to see which will work for this. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Way cool! Looks like fun to do and the recipients will surely enjoy it!

  20. If you don’t have colored embossing powder you can use colored ink and then versamark and clear embossing powder. Just make sure you clean your stamping in between so you don’t get the ink in your versamark pad. I really like to do this so I’m not limited to the embossing colors I have on hand.

    • Any color pigment (craft) ink works well with versamark also – tthat’s the way I go. I only have clear embossing powder.

      • Yes, any pigment/craft will work by its self but if you only have dye ink you can do versamark first then dye ink and then clear embossing powder.

        • Good point. Hadn’t thought of going that route.

  21. Wow…how creative and wonderful!!! Thanks so much!

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