With the popularization of personalized gifts over the past few years its no surprise that the classic monogram has become a popular style choice. Even with the limitless possibilities of vinyl machines, embossing, foiling, laser engraving the monogram has stuck as one of the most popular was to personalize an item.
What exactly is a Monogram?
A monogram is a design that incorporates two or more letters that have been connected in some way. The letters might be interlocked, surrounded by a border or unique artwork, or simply arranged in a striking way. A monogram might also refer to a single, decorative letter that appears on an object to add style, and mark ownership.
Monograms are really popular in the crafting world right now and I’ve been seeing them a lot on clothing, wedding stationary and greeting cards. They trend has come over from the states and has become increasingly popular as a way of personalizing products in the UK for the past few years. I’m going to show you how I created this pretty Valentines Card with the free online tool Monogram Maker
First thing to do is go to Monogram Maker and sign up for a free account.
On the left hand side of the screen you’ve got all of your action points.
First you enter your letters for the monogram and then you select your font. There is a whole range of font style to choose from which are prefect for different types of crafts.
Something solid like this would be great for embossing
whereas something like this would be perfect for paper cutting!
They’ve even got ‘knockout’ style lettering (which is great to have on a tool like this as it means you don’t need to find a separate SVG alphabet) Finding knockout fonts in SVG files can be difficult and pricey but they come with monogram maker free!
I decided to go for a nice script font with a flower design.
Once you’ve decided on your font style you can select a frame, again, there are loads of different options to choose from. I like the look of the hexagon frame as it helps to center the design
Lastly you can add a background! If you are doing something like a paper cut or foiling a design this wouldn’t be a necessary step but as I’m printing my card I’ve decided to go for a pretty pastel watercolor ‘splash’ background.
Once you’ve finished with your design you can save and export it. You can save the monogram in 4 different file formats so that it’s easier to use in all standard design software, which is great because I do most of my work with SVG files.
There you go, a nice simple way to make beautiful Monograms for absolutely free. And they don’t just do fonts and styles for Valentines cards, they have a whole host of fabulous designs which you can check out in their gallery and see how other people have used them for inspiration!