DIY Scratch Off Cards: Lucky You! by Leafcutter Designs


DIY Scratch Off Cards: Lucky You!

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Ever wanted to make your own DIY scratch off cards? Wouldn’t it be fun to send a greeting card full of suspense and anticipation, just like a lottery ticket? I have wanted to do this for years!

Make It Easy With Stickers

While there are a few great DIY scratch off tutorials out there, notably this one from The Dainty Squid and another from Wonder Forest, making your own cards from scratch (ha ha) requires specific materials like acrylic paint and special tape. It’s a fun project if you’re looking for a project. But what about something for folks that aren’t quite so crafty? When I started talking with Chronicle Books about designing customizable scratch off greeting cards, we decided right away that they should be astonishingly easy to use.

Lucky You! is the result and features 16 greeting cards for various occasions, plenty of scratch off stickers, and 16 fun mailing envelopes. The full set is now available via the online shop or ask for it at your local book store or stationery shop.

Here’s a quick video that shows what’s in the box:

What Can You Do With Lucky You!?

So many fun creative things! First of all, there are eight different greeting card designs in Lucky You! and you get two of each design per set. Here’s a quick look at the unique designs: birthdays, thank yous, congratulations, a “good for” ticket, “I’m Sweet On You,” and “You’re a Champion.”

DIY Scratch Off Card Designs

Lucky You! includes 16 greeting cards per set — 2 each of 8 different designs.

Here are a bunch of creative examples of how to use these special DIY scratch off cards:

Golden Ticket. This ticket is good for…

Give it as a birthday present or use it to spice up a new romance by filling in the blanks with whatever you want! Maybe even slip it under the wrapper of your sweetie’s favorite chocolate bar.

DIY Scratch Off - Golden Ticket

You Went Above & Beyond. Thanks for…

Give this one to someone who helped you move, wrote you a great recommendation letter, helped out at your wedding, or brought you food when you were sick or just had a baby.

DIY Scratch Off - Above & Beyond

I’m Sweet On You. I love you because…

This card is great for Valentine’s Day or any sort of romantic anniversary. Or give it to your sweetheart on a random Tuesday and see what happens.

DIY Scratch Off - I'm Sweet on You

Flowers for You! Thanks a bunch for…

All moms love flowers so give this one on Mother’s Day. Or send it off to a good friend who hosted you in his or her home. Maybe you had an awesome teacher this year who deserves a quick note of thanks? Did your BFF come through for you at your wedding?

DIY Scratch Off - Flowers For You

You’re A Champion!

This card can go lots of different directions – Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, perhaps your child was extra brave at the doctor’s office this morning. Or maybe a friend just hosted a particularly memorable dinner party that you really enjoyed? Send this one anytime you want to say, “I like you. You’re awesome.”

DIY Scratch Off - You're A Champion

Up, Up, and Away. Congratulations! Here’s wishing you…

How many people receive a card in the mail when they’ve just started a new job? Almost none, I bet. And yet it’s one of those moments when most of us would really benefit from knowing a good friend is rooting for us. So send it! This one is also great for graduations, engagements, or to congratulate an extra special family member or friend on their new baby.

DIY Scratch Off - Up, Up, & Away

Birthday Blowout. Happy Birthday! Here are three wishes…

With the custom scratch off birthday cards, what you write makes all the difference. Make it personal, witty, or just plain sincere.

DIY Scratch Off - Birthday Blowout

Here’s To You. Happy Birthday! Three cheers…


DIY Scratch Off - Here's To You

Want to write a longer message?

That’s what the backside of the card is for! Each back has a pretty border and lots of blank space for a longer note, heartfelt missive, or even a brief tome.

DIY Scratch Off Blank Back

Giveaway! What Would You Write?

Pick a card (any card!) and then leave a comment below. Tell us what you’d write in the three scratch off areas. Be silly, witty, or sincere. We’ll pick 10 responses at random and each winner will receive a free set of Lucky You! greeting cards by mail. Contest entries close October 1, 2014. Good luck!

UPDATE: October 2, 2012 — Congrats to the following 10 winners…
Carmen M, Linda Yu, Debo, Andrea Cerami, auntieS, Helen, anna maria jakubek, Almah Alchemist, Jamie, and Cheryl — We’ll send each of you an email shortly to collect your mailing address. Thanks everyone for awesome comments and suggestions!

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Lea Redmond is always looking for the poem hiding inside things: a salt shaker, a clothes tag, a hand gesture, a cloud. She is infinitely intrigued by the way experiences can slip from the ordinary to the extraordinary and she endeavors to design things that hold this possibility. Leafcutter Designs, her creative studio in Berkeley, CA, makes the world more playful and peaceful one little experience at a time.


  1. MzTallulah

    September 30, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Such a lovely idea! Right now, I’d use the Congratulations card for my daughter, who has just started elementary school.

  2. Lisa Coughlin

    September 22, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I love these cards, Lea! Every time you create something new, I am amazed at what you come up with! These are delightful!

    I’ll choose the “I love you because…”
    * you love me, just as I am
    * you support me
    * your make me laugh

  3. Cheryl

    September 19, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    I’d pick the Up, Up and Away design to send my sister who just started college. I’d write 1) have a great semester 2) receive many care packages 3) find fun friends!

  4. Erica

    September 19, 2014 at 10:38 am

    I would use these as fun favors at my wedding to thank guests for coming!

  5. Heather

    September 18, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I’d give my husband the golden ticket, I’d write “nothing” in two of them and “sexy fun time” in the other.

  6. Taylor Eastburn

    September 18, 2014 at 11:19 am

    I would use it for my girlfriend and I’s 4th year anniversary and write “You’ve got the Gooooolden Tiiiiicket, you’ve got a goooolden twinkle in your eyes”

  7. Karen Smith

    September 18, 2014 at 8:44 am

    The Golden Tickets look like perfect party invitations: date, time, and theme (like “dinner”) in the scratch-off boxes. I’ll probably send them to my parents as a way to invite them over for their anniversary.

  8. Jamie

    September 18, 2014 at 8:13 am

    The Champion cards are the best! I would use them in my next teacher staff meeting. I would write in the following spaces: “World’s best” teacher, “#1” smile, and “Prize” coffee mug! I’ll write in different prizes that the teachers could use in their classes! It would be so fun!

  9. Anne in NC

    September 18, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Here’s to You! for my friend Laura: For being my friend for over 30 years! For always sending me fun postcards from your travels! For being one of the most interesting people I know!

    Thanks for the great giveaway — Hope you pick me!! 😀

  10. Almah Alchemist

    September 18, 2014 at 7:27 am

    For the Golden Ticket one, I’d offer:
    –A spectacle in your living room
    –A spell

  11. Valarie Franklin

    September 17, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I am a lead pharmacist at a specialty pharmacy. Things have been hectic lately and the other leads and I were discussing ways to increase morale and show appreciation to our staff. The “You Went Above and Beyond” or the “Golden Ticket” would be awesome. We could put things like Free Jeans Day, Free Pop or Free Favorite Candy for them to “win”. I LOVE YOU LEAFCUTTER!!

  12. anna maria jakubek

    September 17, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    wow, love this! i’d choose the golden ticket and give one each to my parents. we’re huge fans of scratch-off lottery tickets but try to keep the gambling under control by only buying a round the couple of times a year we see each other. no one ever wins (of course) but the excitement is palpable when we’re all sitting there at the table, radio silent, scratching away. they’re coming to visit next month, so it’s lotto time. but since there’s only so much losing a soul can take, i’d get them golden tickets so they’re guaranteed a win. the boxes would include a few of their favourite things: gin and tonic, chocolate, art supplies (mom) & steak night, mixtape, toffee (dad).

  13. Hannah

    September 17, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Love the Golden Ticket idea! My husband is a HUGE sports fanatic, so I would include three different sporting events- whichever he scratches is the game I will buy him tickets for on his birthday!

  14. Annjae

    September 17, 2014 at 7:29 am

    I can already see myself sending these off to all my friends and family. Whoops, looks like an oncoming addiction on my behalf!! 🙂
    The I’m Sweet On You card would definitely be sent to my bestfriend:
    I love you because…
    Of hugs
    You laugh with me
    Why not?!

  15. Kimberly

    September 17, 2014 at 6:09 am

    I really like the Golden Ticket- I’d probably make one for my husband with “whoopie” as one of the options! 😉

  16. Helen

    September 17, 2014 at 1:45 am

    My sister (and best friend) moved across the country 3 years ago. I’ve been trying to entice her to come back and visit me. I’d give her the Golden Ticket and fill it in with activities we enjoyed together while we were in college:

    – afternoon of bookstore-hopping
    – meal at IKEA while laughing at the furniture names
    – creative photoshoot at a local landmark

    I’ve got lots of ideas!

  17. auntieS

    September 16, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Up and Away! here’s wishing to my nephew off to college:
    sincere roommate
    meeting a BFF
    dodging the freshman 15

  18. Wren

    September 16, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I’d say “This card is good for:”
    – a trip to Second Cup
    – a movie night
    – a sewing lesson
    Love the idea, I’ve always been a fan of scratch-off cards!

  19. canadiangirlscout

    September 16, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    I’d definitely wrap it in a chocolate bar wrapper and give it to my son 🙂 I’d write this ticket is good for * a trip to the zoo * a milkshake & drive * a trip to the toy store.

  20. Janna White

    September 16, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I love the Champion card — I would give it to my dad who just got his first podium finish in a sport (cyclocross) he’s been working at for years and last year almost quit because he felt he wasn’t improving.

  21. Laura Teasley

    September 16, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    I would use the golden ticket scratcher for my boyfriend… This golden ticket is good for: a pot roast dinner, a bottle of bordeaux and a neck massage. 🙂

    These are simply the cutest!

  22. alegna101

    September 16, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Oh how cool! I’ve made scratch off cards before, but these are way neater than the ones I came up with! I’m a big believer in birthday wishes (no matter how old), and really like the wish card (but the others are awesome too!). The three things I’d put on the b’day wish card would be: 1) hope 2) happiness 3) extra wishes (I know… that’s cheating, but one would be silly not to try for additional wishes)

  23. Nanci Wenz

    September 16, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    As always a new fun idea… Golden Ticket… I would make a golden fabric sleeve for it and give it to people for gifts, Everyone has so much stuff, this is a way to make them feel special with plans or ideas specific to them. Like tell me a dream you had and I will make a collage for you about it.

  24. Andrea Cerami

    September 16, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I love this idea! I’ve always loved scratch off things and couldn’t think of a better card idea to give out. I would use the you’re a champion one for my twin sister for when she graduates pharmacy school! I would write worlds best pharmacist, number one sister, and first place friend. I could also use the up up and away card for this! So many great possibilities

  25. Charnelle Yap

    September 16, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I’m Sweet On You! I love you because…

    You adore my mismatched outfits
    You accompany me to Jamba in the snow
    You let me blast Spice Girls with the car windows rolled down

    My messages are a bit long and I might have to learn the technique of writing super tiny and attaching that adorable magnifying glass you folks provide with your letters! 😉

    I LOVE this idea BTW!!

  26. Debo

    September 16, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    This is just the perfect thing and has arrived at the ideal moment. I’m in a new romance with an Ad Man who is managing a State Lottery advertising campaign. His birthday is early November, and I will use the Birthday Blowout card and /or The Champion card. I think I will make the scratch off prizes something like: homemade dinner, something racy that I can’t share with you, and one TBD: He’s choice any time any place.
    This is just the right theme for me and my guy !

  27. Kelly T.

    September 16, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    I’d pick the Flowers For You Card and in the three places I would write – ‘For being my Mom & Dad’, ‘For always supporting me’, ‘For loving me unconditionally’. I’ve chosen the more traditional route this time, but it’s always so difficult living in another country, so far away from my family during birthdays and holidays. This is another amazingly beautiful and creative idea you have come up with, and I adore it….much like everything else! Thank you for another wonderful giveaway!

  28. Maria

    September 16, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I would use the I’m Sweet On You. I love you because… to my husband! Because I am allergic to chocolate and he it’s it for me! 🙂

  29. allegrator

    September 16, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I love the Champion card — I can imagine sending it to my mom. 🙂 World’s Best MOM, #1 Apple Pie, 1st Place Supporter of Dreams!

  30. B

    September 16, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I would write unconditional love and give it to all my family & friends who have supported me, and to all the craftsmen and women, small farmers, artists & musicians who inspire me.

  31. Linda Yu

    September 16, 2014 at 11:01 am

    “Golden Ticket. This ticket is good for…”
    I would use this one to make joke on a close fd on her birthday saying that I have written the name of a valuable gift under one of the scratch while “oh no! not this one” were written under all 3 of the scratch. HAHA, anyway, will still prepare a nice present after this little joke.

  32. Lena

    September 16, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Lovely! So clever and sweet.

  33. Carmen M

    September 16, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Ooh, a chance to win! I’d place one in between the sheets in our linen closet, another in the back of a calculator, another inside a thermos. Assuming they fit!

  34. tamzen

    September 16, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Up Up and Away – congratulations – on the great promotion, on being your best, on achieving your dreams!!

  35. tamzen

    September 16, 2014 at 10:30 am

    What a clever way to make an interactive card. I think these are really special and would brighten my day to send or receive!! Everyone will ask “How did you do that?”

  36. Stephanie Velarde

    September 16, 2014 at 10:26 am

    The Golden Ticket scratcher is absolutely adorable! My boyfriend is in the Army and will be deployed next month to Italy for a year. I can see sending him this card with romantic notes hidden and also for just the everyday things from home he’ll be missing. This is another fantastic product, you’ve done it again! Whether or not I’m lucky enough to win a free set, I know I will be ordering these!

  37. sunnysuejonas

    September 16, 2014 at 3:56 am

    I use Birthday cards as new baby cards: it is their Birth Day! It’s a fun twist on holidays. I also recently found an image of a Swedish? wooden toy of a mom and her baby, with string attaching both as the umbilical cord. Those crazy Europeans! 😉 I used the image for Birth Day and Birthday cards.

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