These Monogram Note Cards are the perfect hand made gift that kids can make for their Moms, Dads, and teachers. If you are always looking for a good homemade gift for the kids to make, then you have to have them try these Monogram Note Cards.
For this Monogram Note Card project you will need:
Heavy grade watercolor paper
Watercolor paint or acrylic paint
Sharp Scissor or Exacto Knife
Letter cookie cutters, font prints
This is an easy Monogram Note Cards project if you break it down into a number of different steps and don’t let them overwhelm you or the kids.
The first step is to find some letters. Look at letter shaped cookie cutter, font printed form your computer, or even stencils. Look for different shapes and large sizes. The Monogram Note Cards will need to be big enough to include all of the information you want on there. You can also use blown up images from the newspaper as inspiration for your stationary.
Once you have found a variety of font images you will want to lay them out on some regular drawing paper, trace them and cut them out.
I like to lay out three initials side by side so the edges are touching. You can make a larger card this way.
You can make a variety of different Monogram Note Cards or stick with one pattern.
Now you are ready to lay your chosen Monogram patterns out on your heavy water color paper. Trace them lightly with pencil and then cut them out. For super sharp edges onto your letters I highly recommend using a very sharp exacto knife. You may need to change the blade if you are doing a lot of stationary.
Once your Monogram shapes are cut out you are ready to start painting. I like to take a paper plate and lay out a palette of vibrant and pastel red, yellow, and green paint colors from my watercolor paints.
Specifically I like to use brilliant red, lemon yellow, and green for my letters. You can use any color you want. Before I paint my Monogram stationary cutouts I always practice a little on a piece of scrap watercolor paper. This way I don’t waste a lot of my Monogram cutouts trying to get the look I want.
For a crisp look try buying some watercolor gum medium. This paints on like glue and dries like rubber. You can paint on the paper to outline your Monogram letter lines. When you paint it will keep those areas from absorbing paint. Then when you paint dries you can rub it off and reveal crisp whit outlines to your Monogram Note Cards.
Now, use some of your water to dilute the watercolor paint and gentle start brushing it along the edges of your Monogram Note Cards. Slowly work your way in to the middle of the letter. I like to add more water as I work my way in so that the paint becomes more sheer and translucent towards the center of the stationary.
There are special water color mediums you can buy at any art supply or craft supply store that are meant to be added to water color paints to create different effects. Some mediums add a sand like texture or even a granite type texture. You can also find shimmering effects and others that just keep the paint wet longer allowing you to really work it.
Allow your Monogram Note Cards to dry thoroughly and the kids are finished making their hand made gift for their teacher.