Have you ever wanted to make a magnetic bumper sticker for your car? I did. I figured out how to do it too. Yay me! I am officially declaring myself a magnetic bumper sticker genius because why not? This is my blog, right?
Anyway, I was thinking about how Jim and I are getting ready to drive for miles and through a few states and that it would be really cool to get some “not my home state,” free advertising in for this blog. I mean, more people should be reading about Tiny-Small and my wacky paintings and all of that jazz. Then it hit me: I NEED A BUMPER STICKER! So, I went looking around to have one made, but since I am really cheap and like to
try do everything myself I spent some time drinking coffee, think-think-thinking, and staring out of my window (my other non-paying part-time job).
Sometimes all of that thinking pays off. I remembered I had some of those Avery Magnet Sheets left over from when I was turning my art into magnets. Then I remembered a little thing called picmonkey.com where you can mess around with photos and text and other images…I figured out how to make a magnetic bumper sticker so I could be all famous with at least two to three people in the New Mexico, Arizona, California tri-state area who get stuck behind my car in traffic.
Here is how I did it and how you can too:
Step One: You need some supplies: a computer, a printer, some of those magnetic sheets with paper on one side, and some kind of acrylic spray sealer.
Step Two: Go to picmonkey.com and load the picture you want to use into “edit a photo” this will be the background of your bumper sticker. I wanted mine to be white, so I copied and pasted a white background and saved it as a photo file. Then uploaded it to picmonkey.com.
Step three: Resize your photo, or crop it. For a standard sized bumper sticker (11.5 inches by 3.75 inches you will need to resize or crop your photo to 881 x 281 pixels. If you want a different size bumper sticker (some cars have different sized flat spaces) you can use this Image Size Calculator from Tiporama to convert pixels into inches.
Step 4: Use the text button to add words. Picmonkey has pictures and textures and all kinds of fun things you can add to your image. Once you are done with the design, save it to your computer.
Step 5: Print it onto your magnetic paper sheets.
Step 6: Cut it out. I used a paper-cutter, but it’s easy to cut with scissors too.
Step 7: Spray it with some kind of acrylic coating to waterproof it. I used KRYLON CRYSTAL CLEAR because I happened to have some. It’s kind of pricey though. I think Plaid Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer, Gloss would also do the job just fine. Anything that brushes on may or may not smear your ink. So, if you have the brush-on mod podge you might try it on a scrap and see how it works before applying it to your fancy bumper sticker. Sprays are less likely to smear the printer ink, but more likely to kill you with their bad odor so take precautions. Use it in a well ventilated area. Wear a mask, wear gloves, con your spouse into doing it…whatever it takes to get the job done safely!
Step 8: Slap that bad boy onto your car and go for a drive.
I took my bumper sticker on a 180 mile road trip yesterday and it did just fine. We are getting ready to make an 18 hour road trip, so I’ll let you know what happens! The best part is you can print at least two bumper sticker per magnetic sheet, so you can also make one for your mom. That way she can also advertise your business for free. That’s what I am going to do. She can’t say no, she’s my mom. Or, you can just make silly bumper stickers to make your friends smile. Which would also be awesome and fun.
Got any questions? Just ask. If I missed a step in there let me know. I am happy to help in any way I can!