This year, Chinese New Year falls on February 19th (3 days away!). Since this is such a last minute printable, I thought I’ll keep it neutral so that you can use this all year round. Plus, you may learn something cool if you don’t know how to do it yet – your own DIY scratchie cards.
Making your own scratchies, or scratch-off cards is actually really simple. First, you need to print out your cards (download link is at the end of this post), and write your fortune/wishes/message on it.
These cards would be very cool as a pre-surprise message (i.e, write “you will get your dream car” just before you reveal that you’re actually getting someone a car. Woot!), or just to wish them luck on something they’ve been working on.
And then, prepare your mixture of two parts acrylic paint for every one part dish washing detergent. You may use any acrylic paint colour. But since we’re on the Chinese New Year luck & fortune theme, I decided to go with my gold acrylic paint.
Mix them slowly until well combined. Don’t stir too vigorously as you don’t want them to get lots of air bubbles.
Cover the area where you write your message with clear packing tape.
Paint on the coin/message area using thin and even layer, allowing to dry between coats. Continue painting until they are all covered. Make sure they are really dry. I actually left them overnight.
When your scratchie fortune cards are ready, put them inside red packets or mini envelopes, such as these printable CNY Red Packets I did for 2013, or the pretty Shabby Chic CNY packets I did for 2014.
Maneki Neko and Daruma are two symbols of good luck. Maneki Neko (Beckoning cats) is a very popular fortune and good luck symbol in Chinese and Japanese tradition, while the Daruma is a symbol of perseverance and good luck. So even if you’re not celebrating Chinese New Year, you can always give them out to someone who’s in need for some encouragement.
Here’s the link to download your DIY Scratchie Fortune Cards
If you like this printable, why don’t you check out this post as well: Printable Shabby Chic CNY Packets