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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