Hi gang, Nadine here with a tutorial for split letter monograms. These are really versatile - you can make plaques or tiles using vinyl or etch the monogram into drinking glasses. I incorporated the monogram into part of a bigger design for return address stickers or stamps. This is a really affordable way to make personalised supplies, whether it be for your own letters and parcels or as a gift for a friend.
Step One: Split MonogramPick a font you'd like to use, formal fonts tend to work well with this style. I used the LD Times Square font from the Silhouette Design Store. The 'D' is 52pt and 'DUNSMORE' is 7pt. As this font is very spaced out, I reduced the character spacing to 85%.
Top tipI made a screenshot of the steps you need to do:
To centre correctly, convert the text to path - see my Alignment tutorial for more info.
Written out, the steps are:
A. Make a rectangle, the height of the split you'd like to make - mine was 3mm in height.
B. Make two bars the same length as the surname and space them slightly wider than the rectangle height. Centre the surname within these bars.
C. Centre the rectangle and the capital letter 'D' and click the Subtract tool from the Modify menu.
D. Group the split letter.
E. Centre the bars and surname within your split letter and weld.
F. Group your Split Monogram - ta dah!
Step Two: Address Label ComponentsThe rest of the address label just really involves lots of circles and the Text to Path functionality.
Make a frame, by centring a 3cm circle and a 2.9cm circle then making a compound path.
To make the ring of dots, I actually used a string of full stops (Times Roman 12pt) around a 2.7cm circle.
Finally I added the name arcing up and over and the address arching down and around, again using text to path.
Step THREE - Using your DesignIf you have a Silhouette Mint, simply save the design, then open it in the Mint Software. Scale to the size of stamp you'd like to use and the Mint will handle everything else - no need to mirror.
If you are making stickers, set your design to 'No Cut' on the Cut Settings menu. Then centre it within another circle which is set to cut. Replicate and then use print and cut.