Who here when they think of etched monograms, thinks super traditional? *Picture me with my hand raised.* I’m here to tell you that a monogram does not have to be traditional–in fact, you can be very “mod” with a monogram…and with etched glass.
You just need to think about a monogram, well differently. You need to take elements of traditional design and turn them on their heads to make a modern, fun monogram!
Here are characteristics of a traditional monograms:
- Serif or script fonts
- Centered arrangement
- Scroll accents
So here’s what we do make the monogram more modern:
- San Serif fonts
- Off center arrangement
- Geometric accents
Now that we’ve had a little design discussion, I’m sure that you want me to show you how to actually make this monogrammed vase, right?
Here’s what you need:
A vase (mine came from Ikea)
Stencil material and something to cut it
tools to apply the stencil vinyl
water and a rag or paper towels to remove the cream
This process is pretty easy. First, select a geometric pattern that you like. I liked this fun hexagon pattern from the silhouette store.
I found that it was easier to visualize if I used a color fill to mark where the etching was going. I then trimmed down the pattern to match the size of my vase. I added my letter in Bebas Neue, a modern sans serif (I simplified the hexagon that I placed the letter in for clarity, too). I made a couple of circles, for accents too.
I cut this pattern using my Silhouette Portrait with stencil vinyl. I cleaned my vase using rubbing alcohol. After weeding my pattern out, I used transfer tape to place my vinyl on the vase.
The key to success with etching cream is to make sure that you get every bubble out of the stencil vinyl, especially out of the edges–make sure that you use a tool to really press it down.
Then, apply your etching cream according to instructions. You want a nice, thick, even layer.
Wipe of the cream before you rinse it off.
Remove the stencil vinyl…and enjoy a fun, modern monogram.
Want to learn about other things to etch? My favorite project right now are etched glass tile coasters!