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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  • ~amy~

    WOW…simply gor­geous!! Thanks so much for the tut!

  • Wanda H

    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!

  • Rachel

    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?

    • Anke

      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.

    • Lisa M. Pace

      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.