Most scratch crafts use paint over crayon but I've found that writing works better with a vibrant paint underneath and the more easily manipulated wax on top. The result is a cute little card that children who can write will enjoy making. Younger children could also scratch pictures into the oil pastels to reveal the red paint underneath.
Time: 15 minutes
Age: 5-10's, Over 10's
Small piece of card, folded in half
Red acrylic paint
Black oil pastel
Wooden stick (I used a bamboo skewer)
Paint one side of the card completely in the red acrylic paint. Leave to dry.
Cover the painted card with a black oil pastel or wax crayon. Oil pastel gives a smooth finish, but wax crayons would also work.
Using the bamboo skewer, gently scratch your message into the card. The oil pastel allows finer details than a paint scratch card - you can add calligraphy-like details to the letters.