DIY Paintscrape Birthday Cards

Hello Lovely

I am really excited to share today’s DIY art project idea with you all! This technique is something I have been wanting to play around with for a while, and I am really happy with how my little notecards turned out. And I thought you guys would really enjoy making some for yourself, so I’m sharing the (few) simple steps with you all today.

Each piece you do will be completely different and unique. Make sure you have plenty of paper and paint on hand because you are going to want to try it out again and again. You are also going to want to make sure you have some good cleaner on hand because this. project. is. MESSY. Okay, ready? Let’s make a mess!


  • heavyweight paper, such as cardstock or watercolor paper trimmed to 8.5″ x 5.5″
  • acrylic paints 
  • an old credit card or rewards card
  • paper towels & cleaner or wipes – you will be making a mess!
  • metallic gold letter stickers or whatever letter stickers you like; I used stencils

There are many different ways to create art using this paint scrape technique, but I wanted to walk you through the process I used to get this exact look. Feel free to play around with the technique to create your own looks! Here’s what I did:

  1. Drip drops of paint along one side of your paper. Stagger the drops and vary the colors. Have fun experimenting with drop placements and color combinations.
  2. Place an old credit card or gift card above the drops on one side of the card and scrape down pulling the card off the edge of the paper on the other side.
  3. Wipe off the card and remove all the paint before moving to the other side. This will keep both sides looking the same and keep your colors from mixing too much.
  4. Repeat step 3, scraping the paint down off the edge of the paper again.
  5. Once you allow the paint to dry and clean your work surface, it's time to decorate your card. You can use stickers or stencils like I did.

I hope you all like this DIY art project idea and will give it a try! I had so much fun with it, and I think it creates such pretty pieces. These would look great framed too, so don’t feel limited to birthday cards or notecards!