Guest Post – Aja Wells – How to Make Custom Magnets
We have a guest post today from Illustrator Aja Wells. A phenomenal artist and current MFA Candidate with the University of Hartford.
Aja drops by today to let us know how she creates one of her more popular promotional items, a magnet that features her artwork. So dig in and learn her technique and find ways to incorporate it into your own marketing plans for the future. To see more of Aja’s work follow the link to her newly redesigned website and blog.
When I prepared to attend my first SCBWI conference a few years back, I wanted to leave a take-away item that was more inspired than a postcard. While browsing my local craft store, I found some printable magnet paper. Excited, I bought a few pieces and made a print.
However, I quickly discovered that the actual paper quality was roughly equivalent to regular printer paper, and so the magnets looked dull and very home made. So, I returned to my local craft store and I found this:
Adhesive backed magnet! For a 13 by 24 sheet of rolled adhesive magnet, the general cost is about 9 dollars, but can be found cheaper online.
Now all you need to do, is lay out your design on a 13 by 19 inch (or a few 8 1/2 by 11 sheets) high quality paper. I prefer using luster paper, but for this project I used professional quality matte paper. Be sure to put your designs close together to maximize the amount of magnets you can produce.
After printing, remove the adhesive backing from the magnet roll and carefully lay your print on top.
When it comes to cutting them out, I have found that very sharp, new scissors are preferable to using an exacto-knife, as the magnet is thick and I have a lot of rounded edges.
For extra gloss and ink protection, consider spraying your magnets with a sealer. Tadaa! Instant, beautiful, professional looking magnets. Now go create!
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