Thursday, January 16, 2014

Paper Monogram Silhouette

My wedding anniversary was coming up in March and I had no idea what to do. A couple years ago, I created an "eye chart" of The Story Of Us.  Like that year, I was looking for "personal" and "inexpensive" as well as something that could be incorporated into our decor - something to have out as a reminder of our marriage and the special relationship we share.

Inspiration came to me from The Turquoise Home and the simple vinyl monogram she made. I don't have a silhouette machine and I didn't plan on making mine with vinyl. But the monogram idea, I loved! I would make mine of paper following my original tutorial for cutting our paper silhouettes.

The tutorial covers the basic steps for creating a silhouette cut-out from a black and white photo but does not detail how to create the monogram image itself. I've broken down the steps I used to create my monogram image. 

- In Photoshop, I created a new 7x7 image size (I had a 10x10 frame and wanted to allow space for some matting. A 7x7 image will also print onto letter paper - nothing special required)
- In Photoshop, type each letter as a separate item. I used the Abigail font. The large center letter is 400 pt, the small letters are small 200 pt. Move to position each letter until you have each one placed where you want it.
- Once you have the letters placed where you want them, group them together and re-position/re-size as needed to get the look you want.

- Flip image so it’s backwards - (In Photoshop CS4 Go To Image>Image Rotation>Flip Canvas Horizontal)

- Print the backwards image
- You'll notice in the images above, the Abigail font has some very fine fine they look like they disappear in spots (these actually print out solid but are still very thin). I wanted to "beef" them up a bit so I used a fine tip sharpie to add some bulk (this also insures there is less chance of accidentally cutting through the letters with the exacto knife later).

At this point, you can follow the original tutorial for positioning and cutting out your monogram.

I was really pleased with the results. I believe I'll make another for Elder Boy and his fiancee for their wedding day.

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