I made this layered monogram mandala project for Cordelia’s birthday. While everyone has different initials, all the letters of this type are available in Design Space to use for your favorite person.
The project is 4 layers, filling in each layer a little more with each level. It creates a wonderful effect and is really a lot easier than it looks. The video for the technique for making your own multilayered mandalas is here.
Paper Selection for Layered Monogram Mandala
This project can be made with any paper. The colors for the letters parts should be the same for each letter. Patterns would look very weird for everything but the background mat color.
Cutting the Layered Monogram Mandala
The letter C is image number MDBD63F5 and if you click the little i in the corner and select image set, Design Space will show you the whole set of letters. Make the mandala using the technique described in Making Mandalas video. Start with the back layer and cut the designs upward in hue and layer. This is a must!
Be careful removing the letters from the mat because the lines can be thin, the top layer especially.
Assembling the Layered Monogram Mandala
As you cut the layers, build up from the bottom. Glue each layer to the one below it before you cut the next layer. This way you don’t lose the little pieces.
You can glue the layers together with foam tape or liquid glue. Foam tape adds more dimension to the project but you end up using a lot of it.
Once the layers are all together, use a piece of cardstock that goes with your color scheme for a base. Frame the piece with a 3 picture horizontal frame. If you used foam tape you should put foam tape between the mat and the glass along the edges to make the frame stick up far enough to give the project room.
And your Layered Monogram Mandala is done.