Thanks, I really like making these things and finding different ways to speed the process up or get a new look. On that last tombstone I used a little drill bit to gouge out the crack, it was fast and easy. Check out the thread for a photo of the bit.
Sorry it took me so long to reply but I just noticed your message. Here we go, I use the pink polystyrene foam from homedepot in 1 1/2" or 2" thickness. I cut them out with a jigsaw and carve most of the lettering with a small razor blade knife. Print the names from my pc, tape it to the stone and carve the outline of the letters through the paper then pick out the middle of the letters with a toothpick. On the epitaphs I use a soldering iron but it's tricky and stinks, do this outside. On painting the stones just play around with them and try different ways. I do most of mine this way, paint the entire stone a light or dark color. Then water down some craft store paint (dark color on light stone & l on d) Paint random vertical lines all over the stone and spray them down with a water bottle until you like the look. You can also water the paint down a lot then take a large brush and just soak the heck out of the top of the stone and let it run down to the bottom. With both ways they will look better with several coats and a couple different highlight colors. Hope this helps and wasn't to much info.