Vintage Style Portrait Charm

Apr 13, 2011

I love the Portrait Stamp Set by Maya Road as the images remind me of the silver 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 Set, Portrait 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.

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@ 6:00 am
  • WOW…simply gorgeous!! Thanks so much for the tut!

  • These are fabulous!!! Thank you!!!

  • Janice

    Loving these, you’re right they make lovely charms. I’m just imagining them on your Grandma’s bracelet, I bet you kids loved them!

  • Those are REALLY pretty! I’m really impressed with how easy the are- love that! Thanks for the steps, I’ll be spreading the word.

  • Jan

    Greetings Lisa,

    I am flabergasted that you did the Vintage Portrait Charms. I have been goign bonkers collecting ANYTHING with a CAMEO . These are just darling and it just has to be my NEXT project. Thanks for sharing this technique, now I have figure out how I am going to do a portrait of my Chihuahua!

    Pearls,Stickles and Glitter, SHINE ON!


  • Amberly Walker

    I would love to do the necklace similar to the ones using the Portrait Stamps Set, but using the actual silhouettes of my kiddos. Does anyone know how to do this?

    • Hi Amber, you can take photos from your kids against a bright surface, then work it into a silhouette in Photoshop or any other image program (ask auntie Google if you don’t know how). Print it on a transparency film so you can directly apply it to your pendant using glossy accents as a glue. The rest is just like it’s written above by Lisa.

    • Sorry for the delay in this reply as I have been digging and digging for this link. this seems to be a great tutorial. So maybe this will work for you.

      Thanks Anke, for helping her out. That was really nice of you. I have the best bloggers ever.