Who doesn’t love monograms? Anything instantly looks more classy with a monogram on it, don’t you think? You can buy keychains, coffee mugs, jewelry, phone cases, scarves, hair bows and plenty more with monograms.
- Wooden tray purchased from Old Time Pottery
- 3M Adhesive Spray
- Clear polyurethane spray
- Playful Chevron: Rainbow Colors Paper Pack by 2 am Designs
- Scalloped Mats cutting files
I chose the Playful Chevron paper pack to use on my monogram because I am in love with chevrons right now. They are so fun and colorful!! I also used a Scalloped Mats cutting file that is no longer available in The Digi Chick shop, sorry! You could use any cutting file or you could just print the monogram out in a plain circle and cut it out yourself. I designed my monogram in Photoshop, so the following instructions are using that program.
The first thing to create the monogram is to open up the cutting file .psd file in Photoshop. Then you will also open whatever paper you want to use for your monogram. I chose the beautiful blue chevron paper called 2am_Playful_Chevron_paper9. You will just drag/drop your paper onto the cutting file image. It will cover part of the cutting file image, but don’t worry – that’s ok.
Next you will go to your Layers toolbox and hovering over the Paper layer drag it down to just on top of the cutting file mat. It will still not look right you are probably thinking that you can’t even see the cutting file, it’s hidden! Again, that’s ok – we will fix that in a minute!
Here is where the magic happens, if you only know what button to press! In this case, its the Alt key just to the left of your spacebar. Hold down the Alt key and then hover your mouse on the black line just between the paper layer and cutting file layer. You will see a double circle icon pop up there. When it appears, just click your mouse. Voila, your paper is now clipped to the cutting file! That is called Create a Clipping Mask.
At this point I decided I liked the border around the scalloped mat, but I didn’t want it to be black. I just used the Color Fill tool to fill the cutting file layer with brown instead of black.
The next step is to add your inside circle for the actual monogram. Open up the Custom Shape Tool and choose the Circle shape.
Place the circle shape on top of your image and then resize it to fit just inside of the scalloped mat. Make sure the circle shape layer is on top of your Chevron Paper Layer otherwise you won’t be able to see it. Also you will need to change the opacity to about 60% so that you can still still see the Chevron Paper Layer behind it.
I decided that I also wanted a border around my inside circle to make it stand out a bit more. To do this open up the Custom Shape Tool again. Click on Circle Thin Frame and insert it into a new layer on top all the other layers. Resize it so that just covers the edge of the 60% opaque circle you just added.
Now for the really fun part – the Monogram itself! I used the Cursif font because I didn’t want anything really frilly. I like to be able to read the actual letters in a monogram without wading through a ton of curlicues. You can download the Cursif font for free here. The middle initial in the monogram should be larger than the other two. In my image, the K is the middle initial and it is sized at 168 pt. The other two letters are sized at 128 pt. I also made the K a different color to make it stand out a bit.
Those are all the steps to create your own monogram in Photoshop. After this, I loaded the image file in my Silhouette Cameo and sat back while it did the hard work of cutting it out beautifully.
To attach it to the wooden tray I sprayed the backside of the monogram liberally with the 3M adhesive spray, adhered it to the tray and used a roller to smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles. Then I sprayed several coats of clear polyurethane over the top to seal it.
Beautiful and personalized! Perfect for a wedding gift or a new home gift!
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