Vintage Style Portrait Charm

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I love the Portrait Stamp Set as the images remind me of the charms that are on my grandmother's charm bracelet. She has every grandchild and great grandchild represented and I can remember always looking at it trying to find my charm. I thought it would be fun to make charms of my daughters to put on a long necklace made from a piece of silver ball chain. I really like how vintage looking they turned out and plan on making more as gifts for friends.

Supplies Needed: Foundation Chipboard SetPortrait Stamp Set, Acrylic Block, Vintage Ledger Paper, Black Eyelet, Jump Ring, Glue Stick, Black Archival and Creamy Brown Ink, Glossy Accents

Tools Used: Craft Knife, Craft Matt, Sanding Block, Crop-a-Dile, Pliers


  1. Apply glue stick adhesive to the front of an oval foundation piece and cover with vintage ledger paper.
  2. Cut around the foundation piece using a craft knife to remove excess ledger paper, then sand the edges. Repeat this step on the back of the foundation piece as well.
  3. Apply black archival ink to the oval scallop stamp found in the Portrait Stamp Set and stamp the image onto the front of the altered oval foundation piece.
  4. Apply black archival ink to the image of either the girl, boy, mom or dad and stamp in the center of the scalloped stamped image.
  5. Apply black archival ink to the sides of the foundation chipboard piece.
  6. Apply creamy brown ink to the edges of the ledger paper and on top of the paper until you get the aged look you want.
  7. Type the persons name onto an old black book margin, ink the edges using black archival ink and the top using creamy brown ink. Apply a glue stick type adhesive to the back and attach it just below the stamped portrait.
  8. Using a crop-a-dile punch a hole at the top of the foundation piece.
  9. Apply glossy accents to the inner edge all the way around the oval, then fill in the entire oval. Set aside to let dry. (if you want a thick layer of glossy accents make sure you let it dry in between applications.) I only have one application on mine.
  10. Once the glossy accents is dry set an eyelet into the hole at the top. Attach a jump ring and string onto a ball chain necklace. I accented mine with a charm I created using old shell and rhinestone buttons.

 I hope you give this a try. If you don't want to put yours on a necklace they would make great accents for tags, cards, mini albums, layouts and altered projects. You can't go wrong with this embellishment.

Have a great day.
Lisa M. Pace 

Categories: Jewelry Making
Tags: gift-idea, jewelry, stamps