My niece is currently obsessed with Mickey & Minnie Mouse. Since Mickey Mouse creeped me out for the longest time, I am convinced that something out there has a rather twisted sense of humor. At any rate, this is my misadventure making Minnie Mouse magnets for my darling niece’s birthday.
My niece has a Minnie Mouse doll in a purple bow, dress & shoes that she takes everywhere with her, so I decided to do same with the magnets. The Cricut Mickey and Friends cartridge had four (4) Minnie Mouse images, so I pulled out my Gypsy & got to work. You could do this project without a Gypsy (or Cricut Craft Room), but I like to use my Gypsy to arrange the images for maximum paper saving & convenience.
I do want to apologize about the lack of step-by-step photos. I barely remembered to take a photo of the magnets on the fridge before my niece grabbed them.
I used four colors of cardstock to cut out my images: black, white, cream & purple. As I pulled all the layers off the cutting mat, I carefully set them aside according to which Minnie they belonged with. I realized that the white pieces for the eyes were a lot smaller than I was willing to deal with, so I use white paint & a fine tip brush to fill in the whites of the eyes. I had planned on using a white pen rather than paint, but my pen was AWOL & it was too late to grab one from the store. The background paper is a holographic rainbow gift wrap.
After all my layers were cut out & sorted, I pulled out my Copic Markers to add a little shading. In addition to the Colorless Blender to smooth the color on all the layers, I used R20, E51, & E00 on the face; N1 & R20 on the dress, bow, & shoes. Distress Stickles Rock Candy gave the bows some glitter without a lot of fuss.
Because my niece just turned two, I wanted to make the magnets as durable as possible. First, I tried laminating the Minnie with the magnet attached to the back. My magnet must have been thicker than the lady who posted the tip (or she had access to a much better laminating machine) because I didn’t get very good results.
The laminate didn’t stick evenly on or around Minnie. I cut as close to the sealed edge as I dared, but I wasn’t sure if the uneven seal was due to the layers of cardstock or the magnet on the back, so I tried laminating the next Minnie without the magnet attached.
The second Minnie was better, but there were still bubbles. So, I pulled out my bottle of Glossy Accents & carefully covered the last two images. The backgrounds were run through the laminate machine without Minnie, then set aside to cool while the Glossy Accents dried overnight.
The next morning, both Minnie images had dried & resembled epoxy stickers. That gave me the idea of running them through my Xyron. Once I peeled my new Minnie stickers off the backing paper, I carefully placed them in the center of the laminated backgrounds. I stuck the magnets to the back & put them up on the fridge.
I’ll make sure to have my camera handy next time I make a project for my niece. I’m rather pleased with the way the magnets turned out; I just wish I had better photos to share with you.