“I'm attracted to you!” “You have a magnetic personality!” “There's such magnetism between us!” These are all silly lines that are sure to prompt giggles or rolled eyes from your daughters or granddaughters—but they're appropriate puns for this clever magnet card that’s two gifts in one.
First, it is a Valentine's card to let someone know you care. Then remove the magnet frames and pieces and attach them to the refrigerator, a file cabinet, or other metal surfaces. It’s a most double-stupendous "attractive" gift!
Finished size: 6" square
SKILL: 1 TIME: 1 COST: 1
You will need:
• One roll of 1 ft. x 2 ft. magnetic sheet adhesive*
• Magnetic buttons* foam adhesive: four 3/4", four 1/2"
• 12" x 12" card stock* (1 sheet each):
o Light Caribbean Coral
o Deep Autumn Red
• 12" x 12" scrapbook paper* (1 sheet each):
o White Sweetheart Potpourri
o Maroon Sweetheart Potpourri
• Coordinated stickers*, Love Bird
• 12" of 3/8" pink with white polka dots ribbon*
• Glue stick*
• Mini paper trimmer*
• Craft knife*(for adult use only)
• Double-sided, removable tape
• 3" x 3" photo
• Cutting mat, metal ruler, large & small scissors
*The following products were used for this project: MSI ProMAG Adhes-A-Mag magnetic sheeting, button magnets • Karen Foster scrapbook paper, stickers • WorldWin cardstock • American Crafts Elements ribbon • Elmer's Craft Bond Extra Strength glue stick, X-Acto Mini Trimmer, Gripster craft knife.
STEP 1: Make card. Using mini trimmer, cut a 6" x 12" piece from cream cardstock. Fold into a 6" square.
STEP 2: Construct backing. Using large scissors, cut a 5 3/4" square from magnetic sheet. Peel adhesive backing from square (Photo A). Adhere square to back of dark print paper and trim (Photo B).
STEP 3: Construct frame. From magnetic sheeting, cut a 5 1/4" square. Adhere to back of dark cardstock and trim. Cut light print paper into 5" square and glue to dark cardstock.
STEP 4: Cut opening. Using ruler and pencil, lightly draw a 2 3/4" square in the center of the light print paper. Ask an adult to use a craft knife and ruler to cut the frame opening (Photo C).
STEP 5: Embellishing frame card. Cut ribbon into two 6" lengths. Glue to front of frame (Photo D). Place heart stickers on lighter-colored cardstock and trim. Place "I Love You" and "XOXOXO" onto dark cardstock and trim. Attach magnetic sheeting on back of small "XOXOXO" cutout and button magnets on other larger cutouts.
STEP 6: Attach frame to card. Note: Pieces will not be magnetic until placed onto a metal surface, so arrange parts and attach with removable tape in the following order: folded cardstock, 5 3/4" dark printed piece, frame with photo, and small pieces.
The magnetic frame and decorated paper piece can be easily removed from card and displayed on the refrigerator or any magnetic surface.
This project is a good opportunity to teach children how to plan and lay out their projects before cutting anything. Kids learn how to select the right number of pieces to fit in their design area. It's also a good opportunity to talk about design. While many paper companies produce coordinated products, it's good for kids to learn how to match colors and achieve looks using a wide range of paper products. A parent or grandparent can encourage this creative development in kids.
Just by changing colors and frame shapes, kids can create new looks. Also, look for metal surfaces that will work for magnets. And don't throw away the magnetic sheeting scraps! Imagine all the fun the kids can have mounting stickers, notes and even school photos!
MSI (Magnetic Specialty, LLC)
Karen Foster Design
Elmer's Products, Inc.