Scratch and Sniff Garden

Stamping with Princess – Scratch and Sniff Garden Thank You

The neighbor kids and their mom came over to help plant a veggie garden the other day. So, I decided to make each child a scratch and sniff bookmark as a thank you. And I made a card for the mom.

Thank you card and bookmarks

Thank you card and bookmarks

The flowers and butterflies on the card and bookmarks are all scratch and sniff. I opted to use traditional colored cardstock to represent various flavors. Red cardstock is cherry, yellow cardstock is lemon, orange cardstock is orange and light red cardstock is strawberry.

The card on it's own

The card on it's own

I stamped each flower outline with black StazOn. Then used embossing powder and kool-aid mix for the scent. So I had 4 kool-aid mixes total; one for each distinct smell. More on that later.

Simply bend the paper for 3D effect on the petals and wings

Simply bend the paper for 3D effect on the petals and wings

As you can see on this close up; I simply bent up the petals and wings to give them a more dimensional look. I love 3D! =) The same 3D effect was done on the bookmarks.

Bookmark has same 4 scents each with a different ribbon color

Bookmark has same 4 scents each with a different ribbon color

Close up of bookmark

Close up of bookmark

This was my first attempt at a scratch and sniff card. It is really quite easy. I’m not in love with all my paper choices on this project…but think it was fine for my first card. I think what was challenging for me was the bold colors of the flowers. I don’t usually use such vibrant colors on cards. I’ll be making a birthday card next….stay tuned for that.

Supply list:

  • Kool-Aid packets (no sugar-just the flavor) Generic brand works best!
  • clear detail embossing powder
  • Yellow, red, orange, pink, green, cream cardstock
  • Brown cardstock – DCWV The Green Stack
  • Stamps – Stampin Up
  • Black StazOn ink
  • Embossing pad
  • Scissors
  • Embossing Gun

Instructions and Tips for creating Scratch and Sniff:

  • Important Note: Use GENERIC brand kool-aid and DETAIL embossing powder. Both have smaller grains and mix well together. Thus creating a more smelly scratch and sniff. Smelly in a good way! =)
  • To create scratch and sniff powder: mix 1/2 teaspoon of kool-aid with 3/4 teaspoon clear embossing powder.
  • If you know you are going to use a lot of one scent, you can mix 1 Tablespoon if kool-aid with 1 1/2 Tablespoon of embossing powder. As you can see….it’s one part kool-aid and one and a half parts embossing powder.
  • To get a strong scent, you want to have a large area for the powder. So outlined stamps do not work well with this technique. How do I know? I first tried this by using a glue pen and filling in a small area. The kool-aid smell just wasn’t very powerful.
  • The kool-aid is not a very vibrant color. So if you want your scratch and sniff image to have a vibrant color, you have a few options:
    • Use a colored paper as the background like I did. Red cardstock for the cherry flower etc. Then use a clear embossing pad with the k00l-aid mixture. It will look red because of the paper it’s stamped on.
    • Use a colored embossing pad under the kool-aid mixture. It won’t be as vibrant as the option above. And you will need to buy several different embossing pads. One for each scent/color.
    • Use colored embossing powder that coordinates with the scent. For example, use purple embossing powder with the grape kool-aid. This will give you a deeper color and it will match the scent. The catch here, again, is that you will need several different colors of embossing powder. One for each scent/color.


  1. Cathy said,

    May 21, 2009 at 23:03

    Great idea!!! Love these little flowers.

  2. Vickie said,

    May 29, 2009 at 04:39

    Man, that is just crazy kool! (Pun intended!) I can’t think of any kid that wouldn’t like a bookmark like that. Really fun.

  3. June 9, 2009 at 03:01

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