Scratch and Sniff Technique

by Beate Johns

Add fragrance to your solid images with this easy technique.


  • Clear embossing powder

  • Sugar-free drink mix

  • Solid stamp

  • Heat tool

  • Versamark™

  • Small container

  • Measuring spoon

  • Cardstock


  1. Step 1

    Add one measuring spoon full of sugar-free drink mix to a small container.

  2. Step 2

    Add 1 1/2 spoonfuls of clear embossing powder to the same container.

  3. Step 3

    Mix the drink mix and the clear embossing powder together.
    Set aside.

  4. Step 4

    Ink stamp with VersaMark where the scent should be.

    Use pigment ink instead of VersaMark ink. If you do that, skip step 5.

  5. Step 5

    Add color to the stamp with markers or ink pads.

    Use colors that match the sugar-free drink mix.

  6. Step 6

    Stamp image on cardstock.

  7. Step 7

    Pour drink/embossing powder mix over the stamped image. Tap off excess powder.

  8. Step 8

    Use a heat tool to heat and melt the embossing powder mix.

  9. Step 9

    Finish your card.


    Try different smells
    Sugar-free hot chocolate mix

    The work is already done for you
    Try embossing powder that already have the smell mixed in. Check Cornish Heritage Farms or Card Scents for those powders.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Scratch and Sniff Technique. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Fabulous tutorial, Beate! LOVE the card!
Charmaine Ikach  |  Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 5:53 AM
Thanks for the proportions! I have tried and tried to do this, with no success.
Leslie  |  Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 5:58 AM
This is just darling, Beate!! The perfect set for this technique that I've always wanted to try. smile
Rose Ann  |  Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 6:03 AM
Please tell me the materials (stamps) you used for your scratch and sniff card. I love the card and the colros you used.

Thank you so very much!
Nancy Cloud  |  Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 6:07 AM
Cool idea Beate! TFS
Karen M  |  Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 6:32 AM
Oh i've been wanting to try this for a long time. Thanks!
Catherine  |  Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 6:35 AM
Great idea for kids cards!
I've heard of it, but didn't have the "recipe". FANTASTIC! TFS!
Valerie  |  Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 7:01 AM
I have tried these scratch-n-sniff cards, but the scented spot is still sticky after embossing. What do I need to do differently??
Jennipurr  |  Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 7:32 AM
i love emboss

thanks Beate
FJULIANA  |  Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 7:40 AM
I love is . I may try this
trudy Ellis  |  Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 8:08 AM
Is it 1 teaspoon of the drink mix and 11/2 teaspoons of clear embossing powder?

I love your ideas & techniques, Beate!

NanaSmiley  |  Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 8:09 AM
I am wondering, when you use versamark on your stamp and then color it with markers or use colored ink on it, doesn't the versamark get transfered to your marker or ink pad?
Bee  |  Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 8:29 AM
Your ideas are endless smile Great technique.
MMora  |  Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 8:31 AM
I love this tutorial. Thanks your the BEST!
donna  |  Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 8:46 AM
Beate, I always love your cards and tutorials!

I have a question though. I have the same issue as Jennipurr. Everytime I try this technique the scented spot is sticky. Any suggestions?

Lyn  |  Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 8:46 AM
I tried this over the weekend and noticed last night that the part of the embossed image with the kool-aid/embossing powder has turned sticky.

What'd I do wrong?
BeckiF  |  Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 8:56 AM
Oh Beate.. what a fun tutorial... now I wish I hadn't packed up my Tart & Tangy stamp set!!! darnitall ~ guess I'll have to wait til I get to NC and get my things unpacked to try this one out.. I don't think I am taking any stamps that this would work with. Thanks for the fun tutorial. Pam
Pamela Tetreault  |  Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 9:08 AM
Beate, you continue to amaze me. You are such a blessing, especially to me as a new stamper. This card is adorable and I can't wait to try this technique. Thank you sooooo much.

Anita Clement  |  Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 9:30 AM
I tried it with sugar free grape coolaid and it definitely had the grape smell, but it was very grainy and sticky.
MariLynn  |  Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 10:00 AM
Another winner !!! Thanks, Beate !!! LOVE IT !!!!
corinne (aka Roxy)  |  Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 10:04 AM

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