When the folks at Left Bank Books mentioned that Spike, their bookstore black cat, was featured on the custom scratcher tickets they’re using for the upcoming Independent Bookstore Day, I had to find out more.
Jarek Steele, Left Banks Books co-owner and scratchers-creator, sent a photo and explained the step-by-step process:
“I created a design for a business card size Avery template using our logo and cat and then picked out a bunch of literary quotes. I printed them out with a quote on each one plus a few cards with prizes on them. Then I put packing tape over the cards and mixed acrylic paint and dish soap (2 parts paint, 1 part dish soap) and painted over the quote or prize.”
Then on Independent Bookstore Day, each customer will get a scratch ticket. “Most will get quotes, but some will get prizes,” says Steele. “Either way it’s a fun souvenir.”