Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mystery Cards Tutorial


I found this idea in a book called Make Cards (c 1992) by Kim Solga.

The only supplies needed are: cards (or paper folded into a card shape), a black marker, a black crayon & whatever you choose to draw or create with: crayons/paints/colored markers.

Simply color, paint or draw a design using your medium of choice. Leave an area open in your design for the "secret" message or picture. Here my 5 year old drew a cat. Use a black marker to write your message/picture. Pazely's secret picture is a rat inside the cat's mouth.

Now, color over your secret picture/design with a black crayon, pressing hard to cover the area completely.

This is how Pazely's crazy-neon-cat-thingie turned out.

The recipient of your card will need to use a coin to rub away the crayon & reveal the secret hidden message/picture.

Here's more of my mystery card gallery...

I used watercolors to create a polka-dotted tea cup. The message reveals plans for a tea party!


A secret meeting. Shhh!
Here is a pink stove with a secret message baking inside!

"You're sweeter than a cupcake!"
You could even create riddles with hidden answers.
What did the banana do when it saw the ice cream?
(Answer: It split!)

What a fun idea this would make for party invitations! It will also be perfect for some fun school lunchbox ideas I'm trying to gather for the coming school year! Really, a mysterious & secret card is perfect for any day!

**I also wanted to mention that I always try to reference a project or activity shown on my blog to its original creator (or the source I received the idea from) if it is not my own creative idea.

8 comments:

  1. this is such a cute idea!

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  2. Love this idea! Miss M is already thinking a mystery party next year - we read a chapter or two of a nancy drew clue crew book each night. This would make THE BEST invitations for a party like that!! Can't show her this post though or she would want to get started on it right away and we have to have her 6 year old party on Saturday first!! first things first!!

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  3. Ooooo....this might keep my boys busy for hours tomorrow. Thanks! They are very into secret messages right now, so I'm sure this will be a big hit.

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  4. I LOVE this idea... I'm going to be having lots of fun with my daughter this evening! Thanks for sharing :-)

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  5. CUTE!! thank you so much for sharing such a WONDERFUL idea! :) Have a CRAFTY day!

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  6. I love these lil'messages.
    When I was 5 (way back in 1985,LOL)
    my teacher taught us how to do this. My brother and I used them often to keep the lil'sis from knowing what we were doing.
    If you or your child likes the secreat message writing then you should try this. Use a white crayon to write your message or pic on white paper, your message can be revealed by lightly coloring on it with a crayon or marker. Or write on paper with lemon juice it will desapear as it dries. It will reappear when placed close to a heat source. light bulb, toaster or your hair dryer. If you let your child do this please Watch Closely. and THIS IS MY FAV-
    Dip a qtip in rubbing alcohol and write on your mirror, when some one takes shower the steam will make it appear and who ever you left it for will have a suprise. I do this one for my husband and he always says it gives him a good sart or end to his day!!
    Have a Bessed Day!!
    Nikki, I will be sending you out a package friday of some things I think you will enjoy. HW

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  7. You are a wealth of know how to and creative inspiration and I love that you are willing to do all of the leg work FOR us! ;) Thanks a bunch.

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