When I think of 'road trip', I think nostalgia. That is because when I was a kid, we called them 'vacations' and now I call them 'traveling for work' but I remember my grandparents referring to 'road trips' so I immediately get a picture of the 50s in my mind! I decided to run with that and use the car icon on Nifty Fifties. I copied the concept from a card I made last year. You can see that post by clicking here.
I decided on a rectangular shape, using the George cartridge on page 112, cut at 3".
I knew I wanted my finished magnet to be very sturdy. I decided on magnetic discs for the backs (instead of sheets of adhesive magnetic material) and wanted the base to be strong enough to be handled as it gets pulled on and off of a magnetic board or fridge. I used an artist board that I found at Hobby Lobby with the drafting supplies. It was #918 and such a wonderful learning experience; I found something too thick and hard to cut properly on the Expression! I got out my deep-cut housing and blade, I used multicut 4... still too thick. I found that a new (very sticky mat) was a true requirement! I learned that the high pressure setting does not work with the deep blade! I used a new blade for this project. I did find that it did a better job of cutting when each shape was cut individually, not with autofill. Autofill caused the blade to drag and mar the surface.
A thinner chipboard would have been a better choice, but I was happy with the core that I now had to use! I cut a backing for my project out of white cardstock using the same cut and size from the Geoge cartridge and applied it with double-sided tape with my ATG.
I bought one of those 'create-your-own-stamp' kits at Walmart to put my name and blog address on the back of the magnets. Although I usually print this kind of info on my computer, I thought this would have an old-fashioned look. It was super-easy and kind of fun.
I wanted a blue background for my car image like my original card had, but I also wanted a map to emphasize the road trip theme, so I picked up a couple of maps at AAA, cut them on my Expression machine (same shape on George but cut at 2-3/4"), and spritzed them with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Electric Blue. This makes a sunny blue that I really like. I over-saturated the papers to get a nice overall color.
I evenutally decided on the 3/4" cut on the E2 for my bughead. I didn't need his antennae since he would be driving the car, which is fortunate since the cut at this size was too small for that detail! I cut a hand for him from the Sentimentals cartridge, page 25 shadow feature, on my E2 at 1/2". I trimmed off the cuff and tucked the hand inside the car to make my bug look like he is waving.