Friday, 10 November 2017

Crafty Fayre Ideas #6 Fridge Magnets

What could be simpler than making cute, colourful, festive (or not) fridge magnets? Great for scrap stash busting yet again as are the other projects in this series and that keeps your costs down by keeping your wastage down. The video is now live on the Crafty Little Things UK You Tube channel or by clicking this link.

Some people love to go crazy and decorate everywhere at Christmas time and even if they don't then a festive fridge magnet is not going to cause anyone any harm is it?

Mix in a few non festive ones as anytime gifts and as gifts which can remain on that fridge door long after the last scrap of turkey has been consumed.

I buy my sheet magnets from Magnet Expert, they are fab, super fast delivery, great value and everything and anything you can imagine in the magnet line is in their online store, even printable magnet sheets which just glide through your ink jet like a piece of glossy photo paper.

For all of these in my demonstration I used 7.4 x 5.2 cm self adhesive magnets which come on a sheet of 16 in A4 size overall but I cut some of them down, so easy to do with just a pair of standard scissors.

All I did was take some strong paper which comes in the back of DSP packs from Stampin' Up! and I covered it with scraps of DSP. In the video tutorial I cut two large squares using the stitched shapes framelits and back to back them around a slightly smaller square of card. You'll see that I really liked this method, it was tidy and neat and just added a little relief to the design which I loved.

Those I'd previously made had been covered with DSP, wrapped like a gift and then a layer of cardstock added at the back to cover joins before adding the magnet to the layer of cardstock on the back. This extra layer does give your project added strength and rigidity so adding one either on top of the DSP or underneath it is a good idea.

With my method of sandwiching the card there are no raw edges to cover though and if you use stitched shape framelits you also get the added stitching effect around the edge which further adds to the design.

On the front of your project you can do whatever you like. I added 3D flowers, butterflies, to some I added stamped sentiments and images, some I painted in stamped images, some I added ribbon and embellishments and some I added glitter and jingle bells. It's up to you.

They're so fun and easy to make and great to have on your craft stall or to gift to customers if you have a business or to teachers and colleagues at any time not just Christmas.

If you want to make larger ones use two magnets or larger magnets.

For displaying at your craft fayre you could pop them into cellophane bags in a tin and have a few samples stuck on the outside of the tin, a good square biscuit tin would be fab for this and it will look a little bit retro too which we love at craft fayres. For really cool props you could take along a mini fridge and display some on the door and sides and have the rest stashed inside, leaving customers in no doubt as to what they are.

Have fun making them and if you share on Instagram please #craftylittlethingsuk so we can see what you came up with. I love to inspire and my inspiration for this came from a gorgeous magnet I was sent by Ann from when I joined Stampin' Up! Although mine is made differently, it began as an idea from Ann's inspiration.

Have a great weekend and thank you for dropping in. Every visit is appreciated.

Andrea x

Link to project 1
Link to project 2
Link to project 3
Link to project 4
Link to project 5
Link to project 7
*All images showing Stampin' Up! products must be copyrighted to Stampin' Up! as part of the demonstrator agreement. For that reason all images on this post which contain Stampin' Up! products are the copyright of Stampin' Up!

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