I had such a good time I ended up making 3 different magnets:
On the Cheeky Mate (biggest one) I used Kim's method of coating the image in Glossy Accents (GA) and then mounting it on adhesive foam before attaching the magnet to the back. I just colored it my regular Copic paper, btw, I didn't use anything special.
Pros:This is nice because you can make the magnet any size you want and you could even use a Nestie on it.
It's very flexible and will likely stand up to little fingers playing with it ;0)
Easily done with materials I already had.
Cons:I needed to add a second coat of GA did get a lot or air bubbles on the second coat.
This was also kind of messy because all of the GA ran off the side at first. I think this could be corrected the next time I try it, for a trial run though, this wasn't too bad.
On the two smaller ones I did Kim's method of using Tim Holtz's Fragments pieces.
This was SO easy and looked very professional when I was done.
The pieces are also very lightweight so you don't have to use a heavy-duty magnet, you can still just use regular thin adhesive backed sheets
There are not many squares in the Fragments pack suitable for larger images
This is really fun and makes a great project for you and your kids too if they want to try it. Great idea for small gifts!
Also going to enter this into Quixotic's "Alter It" challenge since I altered the fragments & paper into magnets!
Stamps - The Greeting Farm (Cheeky Mate, Miss Anya, Spooktacular)
Tim Holtz Fragments