Aug 24, 2013

My Hello Kitty x Sailor Moon Bumper Magnet (Squeee!)

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I recently bought a new (used) car, it's nothing fancy just a Honda CR-V. I am enjoying it though, after years of my old crappy Nissan Pathfinder... from the 90s O_O Yes, my car was older than some of you... and not in a cool classic type of way.

Anyway, I wanted to jazz up the CR-V a little bit so I searched and searched and searched for anything Sailor Moon related... and came up with a big fat nothing. What to do in this situation? Why, make your own of course! Now, because it's so rare to find ANYTHING Sailor Moon, I thought I'd do a Hello Kitty x Sailor Moon mash up so that any other accessories could be Hello Kitty and still match.

I decided to use Build A Sign, the same website that I made my business cards with, since they had so generously sent me a $25 credit. I really like the quality of my business cards, so I thought the car decals would turn out nicely as well. Using their bumper sticker maker, I uploaded a design I made in Photoshop and made a bumper magnet which I can easily remove and use again if I want to. I love the idea of bumper magnets, because it means you don't have to lose your beloved sticker if you decide to switch cars.

Hello Kitty as Sailor Moon! How cute is this! The text is the title from Sailor Moon and says "Bishoujo Senshi (Pretty Soldier) Sailor Moon".

The magnet is quite flexible but feels like sturdy, good quality material. The Hello Kitty is a little smaller than I thought it would be, but that's my user error rather than a printing issue. I think it came out really cool and I am loving the pink background colour too! They have a variety of background colours, text and clipart images you can use, or you can create your own images and upload them. I also made a regular bumper sticker for my friend Desiree and it is a really nice quality vinyl sticker, feels well made and the printing is flawless.

I used their text and heart clipart and just uploaded the picture of Naru (from Love Hina!). It turned out really nice, but I think I should have used a higher res picture of Naru, as when I enlarged it there was some very slight pixelation.. again, user error and not a printing issue. I just didn't use a big enough image. You can only see it from up close though, so it still looks great. Desiree loves it! One of her favourite animes is Love Hina :)

From the Build A Sign website:

  • Stickers starting from $2
  • FREE SHIPPING on all bumper stickers
  • Standard 3”x10” size or fun 4”x4” square stickers
  • No-peel 4mil UV & water resistant vinyl
The more you buy, the bigger the discount - if you buy 1000 they're only $0.60c each! Anyone need 1000 bumper stickers? They also have a lot of pre-made designs that you can personalise, in case you're not feeling very creative and don't want to start completely from scratch.

I am definitely going to be ordering more stickers, especially since they're so cheap and have free shipping. The magnetic ones are a bit more expensive, since they're... you know, magnetic. They start at $11.88 and you also get discounts the more you buy. If you buy 5 they're $6.21 each :) Great for gifts! My sister-in-law is car crazy, so I might get her some for Christmas. Then she can switch them up whenever she feels like it, or whenever she sells her car and gets a new one (which happens quite frequently lol).

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

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