Elmer's Foam Board Family Monogram
Create pretty family heirlooms using Elmer's® Foam Board!
Designed by Craft Marketing Connections, Inc.
- Elmer's® Foam Board, Black on Black, 20"x30"x1/2"
- Elmer's® CraftBond™ Extra Strength Glue Stick
- X-ACTO® Deisgner Series 12" Rotary Paper Trimmer
- X-ACTO® Deisgner Series 12"x12" Self Healing Cutting Mata
- X-ACTO® Designer Series Retractable #1 Knife
- X-ACTO® Designer Series 8" Scissors
- X-ACTO® Designer Series 12" Metal Ruler
- 12" x 12" Scrapbook Paper - color and style of choice
- Transparent Tape
- Two (2) Large Paper Clips
- Hardcover Books (for weights)
Review fonts on computer and select various fonts that are not too thin in any areas. Match fonts with chosen letters. Enlarge letters to various sizes and print out. (Piece together and tape papers as needed to make patterns.) Cut out letters using scissors.
Use pencil to trace letters onto Elmer's® Foam Board. Decide if making single thickness or double. For double thick letters trace two. Use Retractable #1 Knife (with new blade) on Self Healing Cutting Mat to cut letters. Hint: Score lightly first and then press more firmly to cut deeper, with several passes of the knife. Go either clockwise or counter clockwise for all cutting (in case blade angles slightly. Replace blades often.
Decide which papers will be letters and which will be edge trim. (Plan on one sheet per letter and half to a whole sheet for trim. If letters are taller than 12", you'll need to piece additional paper.) Use 12" Rotary Paper Trimmer to cut six to eight 12" wide strips for edge trim, (One layer Foam Board letters need 1/2" wide strips and two layer need 1" wide strips.)
If letters are two Foam Board layers, glue together with Elmer's® CraftBond™ Extra Strength Glue Stick. Weigh down with books and let dry Then, apply glue stick to front of letter and press paper, right side up onto letter. Turn over, onto cutting mat. Use knife to trim excess paper. Similarly, attach and trim other paper to other letters.
Apply glue stick to edge of letter and attach strip, a few inches at a time, going all around letter. Let dry. For hanger, on back determine balance point by holding letter. Measure and mark 2 1/2” down from top and use craft knife to make 1/4" long, shallow horizontal slit. Carefully insert knife blade into slit, angled up toward top and remove. Slightly separate curved end of paper clip 1/4". Insert shorter rounded end up into slit, creating hanger loop with longer end of paper clips. If letter needs more support, add another paper clip. (Note: If area at top is too thin for paper clip, use two on the sides.)
Optional: Cover backs of letters and allow to stand up on shelves.